Claire Marie Wagonhurst, NDP senior

Claire Marie Wagonhurst, a Notre Dame Prep senior, dies at 17

Claire Marie Wagonhurst, a Notre Dame Preparatory School senior who had plans to study interior design, died of melanoma Oct. 16 at her Lutherville home. She was 17.

Born in Towson, she was the daughter of Rocky Wagonhurst, a Comcast Spotlight director of regional and national sales, and Marianne Banister Wagonhurst, a former WBAL-TV news anchor who is president of Banister Media.

Miss Wagonhurst attended St. Joseph's School in Cockeysville before entering Notre Dame Preparatory in the sixth grade.

Miss Wagonhurst also played lacrosse and field hockey in the Cockeysville Recreation League. She ran cross country at Notre Dame and was a 2015 member of the Skywalkers Lacrosse Team. She played attack.

Family members said she was an accomplished artist and planned to study next year at the University of Alabama, where she had recently been accepted. She also worked in fashion design.

She was a designer and co-chair of Notre Dame's Project Greenway, an environmental fashion design show. She was a line leader and choreographer at the aerobics competition at the school's annual Gym Meet, where she was a committee member.

"Claire was an amazing young woman," said Notre Dame headmistress Sister Patricia McCarron, a member of the School Sisters of Notre Dame. "She was joyous, energetic, talented and full of life. She was an angel. The way she lived was an inspiration to us. She never complained, and she never wanted special treatment."

Her mother, who appeared on WBAL from 1995 to 2011, said her daughter developed her cancer as a result of hormonal changes in puberty.

"She was determined the cancer wasn't going to define her and it wasn't going to limit her," she said. "She rolled so much into her time here and did not miss a beat. Her smile, strength and courage were inspiring to all who knew her."

She described her daughter as being focused on what she wanted in life, including her preference of color.

"Claire loved the color coral. She would say, 'It's not pink, it's not orange, it's not salmon — it's coral,' " her mother said.

A Mass of Christian burial will be offered at 10 a.m. Tuesday at the Cathedral of Mary Our Queen, 5200 N. Charles St.

In addition to her parents, Miss Wagonhurst is survived by her sister, Hillary Wagonhurst of Tempe, Ariz.; her paternal grandparents, Robert and Mary Louise Wagonhurst of Thousand Oaks, Calif.; and her maternal grandmother, Jo Ann Banister of Fort Collins, Colo.

jacques.kelly@baltsun.com

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