‘Elisabeth’ Dies at 21

Elisabeth Reed Wagner — “Elisabeth” in Billy Gilman’s song of that name — died Thursday (April 11) of complications from cancer at RHD Memorial Medical Center in Dallas, The Dallas Morning News reports. She was 21. The song was written by Ms. Wagner’s aunt, Liz Rose and Kim Patton Johnson. Gilman performed the song, which includes the lyrics, “Elisabeth, you make the world a better place,” at the State Fair of Texas in October. He also met Ms. Wagner during his visit. Ms. Wagner was diagnosed with neurofibromatosis when she was 3 years old. Services were to be held Monday (April 15) at St. Andrew United Methodist Church in Plano, Texas. Memorials may be made to the John D. Wagner Scholarship Fund, c/o Texas Neurofibromatosis Foundation, 16475 Dallas Parkway, Suite 780, Addison, TX 75001. 04/15/02