Don't worry, be happy: remembering Desiree Bragg

RENO, Nev. (KRNV & -- Capitol Christian Center in Carson City was packed with a community brought together by Desiree. Despite the sadness of losing someone who everyone loved, her family and friends remind those who care about her to honor desiree's spirit by living by words made famous by one of her favorites, Bob Marley - everything's gonna be alright and don't worry, be happy.

"I want everybody to be smiling and just remember how happy she was and how many lives she touched," said Bragg's fiance Steven Castro.

Steven is one of many who shared funny, heartwarming memories of the young woman who's life ended too soon.

Another was her friend Jenna Sliger.

"Someone so kind and loving is just gone," Jenna said.

Jenna shared the story of when she first met Desiree during lunch in cosmetology school.

"She just goes 'we're going to be best friends. I know it,'" Jenna said. "I just kind of laughed. I was like 'I don't even know this girl and she's saying that.' She just had that good, kind heart."

A girl who never stopped surprising people or making them laugh.

Steven's uncle Eddie Ammari couldn't pick just one favorite memory.

"Every time she was such a happy girl smiling," Eddie said.

Something said over and over during Desiree's memorial.

"She always had a smile on, no matter what she was going through," Jenna said. "She just always knew how to look past and always be happy."

She spread that happiness to everyone she loved. Desiree's mom Wrennetta Nadon wants people to keep spreading those smiles in her memory.

"Love each other," Wrennetta said. "Let's be better people. Let's be better to each other - the way that she would have wanted us to be."

Jenna is proud of her friend's legacy.

"She's going to be missed," Jenna said. "I will forever keep her inspiration close to me and a little part of her is always going to be close to me and a lot of other people that she touched."

There will be a fundraiser in memory of Desiree at the Paul Mitchell school at 1600 Holcomb Ave. in Reno from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on March 4. It's a "cut-a-thon" and the suggested minimum donation for a cut and style is $10. All local hairstylists are invited to participate, and all proceeds will go to a fund for Desiree and Steven's son.

If you can't make it to the event and would like to help, donations can be made through Greater Nevada Credit Union: account# 926595, routing# 321280143.