Former School Nurse Remembered

September 15, 2016 - Alisa Setliff was known by the nickname "Doctor Nurse" around the schools in Sweetwater ISD.

She was a huge fan of Mustang football and according to her friends, she was always the loudest voice in the Mustang Bowl on Friday nights.

Setliff had a major impact on SISD and the town of Sweetwater.

"Just her presence made an impact on our school," Southeast Elementary PE teacher, Laverne Yarborough said.

Setliff was the former nurse at East Ridge Elementary and she was the inspiration and motivation for many of the district's current nurses.

Shannon Powell is the current nurse at East Ridge. She took over the position in October of 2015 when Setliff decided to leave the job to be with her family.

"Seeing her with the students and how much love she had for them," Powell remembers. "You know, they were her heart."

Whitney Montgomery is the nurse at Southeast Elementary and has known Setliff all of her life.

Montgomery attended school with one of Setliff's sons and has stayed close with the family.

She says that when she made the decision to go to nursing school, Alisa was nothing less than encouraging.

"She was so encouraging," Montgomery says. "She just said, 'You go girl, you got this,' in her little twang. I love her voice."

Setliff was known around town for something other than being a nurse. Montgomery said she was, "an avid fan of the Sweetwater Mustangs." Powell added that "her voice definitely carried."

"That was her," states Montgomery. "She cheered for you on the field. She cheered for you off the field. She cheered."

Now, Friday nights will be quieter in the Mustang Bowl.

"Not hearing her voice, not hearing her cheer," Montgomery said. "Knowing that that was something that was so important for her that she loved so much. But, she'll be here in spirit."

Although many in Sweetwater lost a friend, her memory will live on in the town, especially at East Ridge.

"Everyday that I come in and open the door that she unlocked and sit at the desk that she sat at, I'm going to cherish it," Powell states. "And when I get my little third grader coming in calling me 'Doctor Nurse,' because that was her nickname here, was 'Doctor Nurse,' I'm going to be honored."

Setliff's funeral will be held on Sunday at 2 pm at First United Methodist Church in Sweetwater.


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