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Lisa Dianne Maliska

Lisa Dianne Maliska, 38, of Gainesville, Ga., formerly of Hayesville, passed away Thursday, Feb. 21, 2019 at her residence. She was a native of Florida, was raised in Hayesville, where she was a 1998 graduate of Hayesville High School. Lisa had attended University of North Carolina Wilmington, where she was a heptathlete. She lived in Dajiangyan, China for seven years, where she taught at Guangya School. Lisa was currently teaching English to diverse ethnic groups at Brenau University. She pursued education all of her life, obtaining various degrees from several universities. Lisa was an encourager to all and an advisor to many. She chased her dreams and pursued her passions all over the world, and encouraged others to do the same, expressing her devotion to God in everything she did. 

She was the daughter of Susan Maliska and the late Paul William Maliska. 

In addition to her mother, she is survived by two sisters, Sarah Niccole Maliska Woodard and husband, Carl, of Bluffton, S.C. and Lady- Guinevere Magers and husband, Brenton, of Hayesville; four brothers, Thomas Beery and wife, Katie, of Orlando, Fla.; Paul William Maliska and wife, Andrea, of Arvada, Colo.; Jared Clark Maliska and wife, Candice, of Asheville, N.C. and Zachary Caleb Maliska, of Boone, N.C.; 10 nephews and four nieces who adored her. 

The family received friends from 6-8 p.m. Monday, Feb. 25 at the Ivie Funeral Home, Hayesville. 

A private family graveside service will be held at Meadow Grove Baptist Church Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Thomas Beery, Paul, Jared and Zachary Maliska. 

Ivie Funeral Home, Hayesville: www.iviefuneralhomeinc.com was in charge of arrangements. 

In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials be made in memory of Lisa Dianne Maliska to the ON Language at Brenau University, 3rd Floor, Pearce Building, 500 Washington Street S.E., CB 84, Gainesville, GA 30501 or visit: https://www.gofundme.com/yqdaq-english-language-learning?fbclid=Iw AR1olVCPpHNOfIz2E3RRH rmeKAWaRsSg4TPCbZRew TMPKOxroOAmmaJzsWQ. 

Clay County Progress

Mailing Address: PO Box 483, Hayesville, NC 28904
Physical Address: 43 Main Street, Hayesville, NC 28904
Phone: 828-389-8431
Fax: 828-389-9997