Students and faculty honor the life of cheerleading mentor

Navasota, Tex. (KBTX) - Dozens showed up Wednesday in Navasota to remember and honor a high school cheerleading mentor who lost her battle with cancer.

"She was just a beautiful person,” said Navasota High School cheerleader, Micah Wells. “Anyone that knew her knew how sweet she was."

One by one, cheerleaders remembered Cheer Booster president Laura Imhoff with a word that best described her to a crowd of classmates, relatives and friends.

Mayor Bert Miller was one of a number of speakers to offer condolences.

"I'm so glad everyone has come out to support her,” said Wells. “She was a big supporter in the community and she always did stuff for the cheerleaders, the football players, volleyball players. Anything anyone needed."

Cheer Booster cice president Lisa Wells organized the event and says Imhoff would have been proud.

"She would say 'Go Rattlers!' She loved Navasota,” said Lisa Wells. “She was Navasota and I’m sure she probably said, 'Hold the rain back because I'm sure there is a party for me.'"

The rain did hold back long enough for a prayer vigil and a blue balloon release.

"In Navasota, we truly grieve the loss of Laura Imhoff because she touched everybody's life," said Wells.

Students also planted a tree at the high school football stadium in Imhoff's honor.