Lone Jack School remembers kindergarten teacher

By: Angela Sparkman Email
By: Angela Sparkman Email
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PINEVILLE, Ky. (WYMT) - Several unanswered questions remain in a Bell County murder-suicide, but teachers and students are trying to figure out how to cope with a huge loss.

Investigators say the only kindergarten teacher at Lone Jack School Center died on Friday. Police say Anthony Scott Mace, 45, shot and killed his wife Lisa Mace, 41, before he killed himself.

Monday, teachers and students remembered Lisa Mace. Lone Jack students and teachers lit candles, prayed, wore ribbons, and set-up a memorial in memory of Lisa Mace.

"It's hard to believe she's gone," said Candy Partin, teacher and friend.

As the only kindergarten teacher at the school, Mace had taught nearly every student in the building.

"Lots of students have come up and hugged me and cried," said Partin.

Counselors talked to students and staff.

Mace's teacher's aide Lisa Rhodes is now handling her class.

"It's going to be hard going into the room, but I feel like that's where I need to be because she would want me to be there, and I know she would want me to be an inspiration to the kids, just as she would," said Rhodes.

However teachers are still trying to figure out how to explain the sudden death to Mace's young class.

"It's tough. They don't understand and you try to get on their level to talk to them and it's tough, and they want to know why, and you don't have an answer," said Rhodes.

The teachers and students plan to get through this together.

"We want time to stop but you have to keep going," said Partin.

They say Mrs. Mace will never be forgotten.

Creech Funeral Home is handling the arrangements for Anthony Scott and Lisa Mace. Visitation is Tuesday at 6:00-9:00 p.m. at Faith Temple Church. The funeral is Wednesday at 2:00 at Faith Temple Church.
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PINEVILLE, Ky. (WYMT) - Teachers and students are helping each other cope with the loss of one Bell County school's only kindergarten teacher.

Lisa Mace, 41, died on Friday. Police say her husband shot her and then killed himself.

Monday, Lone Jack School teachers and students started a memorial for Mace.

Many of the Lone Jack teachers were close friends with Lisa Mace. They said it was hard coming to school, but they say they needed to be here to help the young students cope with the loss.

Lone Jack teachers set-up a memorial in the front hallway for Lisa Mace. Students placed flowers on it and left notes to their kindergarten teacher.

"The kindergarten class is the toughest. They're struggling, but I think they're coming to grips with it," said Principal Kevin Wilder.

Counselors and teachers talked to students about the death.

"There was one special one, he always looked out the window when she pulls in, and he's say is Mrs. Mace coming? Is she going to be here? It's hard," said Lisa Rhodes, Mace's teaching assistant.

Rhodes now the one handling Mace's kindergarten class and helping the young students cope.

"I felt like she wanted me to be here for the kindergarten kids because they loved her so much," said Rhodes.

She says the whole community will never forget Mrs. Mace.

Lone Jack School was supposed to have testing this week but school officials postponed it for a few days. It will start later this week.


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