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TUSCALOOSA – Hearts are heavy all over Tuscaloosa County after the passing of one of the area’s most beloved educators.

Mandy Latner, who taught at Faucett Vestavia Elementary, died Wednesday of brain cancer. Latner was selected as WVUA 23’s Featured Teacher just last year, after we heard her story from her husband, Randy.

When he nominated his wife for the award, he told us she’d been battling brain tumors since 2003, and remarkably took few breaks from teaching. For years, she overcame each diagnosis, but during the past few months her health took a turn for the worse.

Two of Mandy’s fellow teachers say they’re certain Mrs. Latner is at peace at last.

“I think has put things into perspective for us as teachers and co-workers that life is short,” Candi McCullough said. “We should smile and be kind and be a bucket-filler all the time. She definitely left a legacy for us.”

Teacher Elizabeth Hardin agreed.

“She taught her students so many life lessons and that’s what they remember,” she said. “That just really hit home with me.”

Mandy Latner’s funeral and life celebration will be held Sunday at Central Church of Christ. Visitation is from 1 to 3 p.m., and the funeral service immediately follows.


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