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"Heavens Got A Jewel" Carrie Kewer Vanzant

Updated on April 17, 2013

Carrie and Don silly sweethearts

Carrie was a clown

Carrie, oh how we will miss your smile,

Your bubbly charm, your classy style.

Your candid moments when you said, " Cheese, "

Your blonde moments brought much glee's.

When you fell in love with your Valentine,

Big enough news for the headline.

We watched you flirt and make him melt,

Then get serious he knew how you felt.

His eight months with you was heaven on earth,

Though you were sunshine from the time of your birth.

Why God let you go at age twenty-three,

Just doin what you loved in the ministry.

To questions His Providence I'd be a fool,

I know one thing, " Heavens got a jewel!"

Beautiful Carrie

Sweethearts In India Missions Trip

Carrie and her bridesmaids The Kiss and Sweet Lovers

The Kiss
The Kiss

Carrie's wedding day

Carrie Ann Kewer Vanzant was a picture of life, a beautiful rare jewel plucked from our lives to adorn the portals of heaven with her charm.

Carrie, age 23 was the life of every party or gathering. Church, youth camp and campmeetings ( anything to do with church was her life).

She had loads of friends, no-one was a stranger. She was humble yet bubbly and confident. She would never commit to a boy, just called them her friends. She wanted to save her first romantic date and kiss for the man she loved. Every guy from cute to ugly loved her and she showed them no respecter of persons, she was friends with them all, the same with girls.

She was one of three girls, Jessica and Amber, her sisters whom were her best friends. She loved being an auntie to Ambers 4. ( Ambers husband was killed in a car accident 5 months before Carries death leaving wife and 4 kids, youngest 2 weeks old).

She chose to go to Bible college for 3 years and there she met the man of her dreams, matchmade in heaven. They both were chosen out of a large school to go to India for missions. She was asked to sign documents that if she dared to preach the Gospel of Jesus she could be put in jail. Carrie signed it with a smile unafraid.

In August 2009 Carrie and Don were united in marriage, gorgeous wedding with much joy and happiness.

Don and Carrie became the teacher and principle at a Christian school in Joplin, Mo. They were also children's workers in the church, spending hours weekly preparing for it.

The impact they made on their community was astounding and annointed by God. The children absolutely loved them, they made school an exciting atmosphere.

Don is a minister and Carrie loved being a ministers wife, going different places, meeting new people.

In April 2009, eight month to the day after they wed Don and Carrie were on their way to preach a youth rally in Blair, Ok with 2 young ladies Bethany and Callie Crafton ( who were going to sing in the service). They made a usual stop to Wal-Mart, not too far from their destination. They thought the way was clear pulling out, but a fast moving truck must have changed lanes and crashed into them, Carrie was driving. Carrie was killed instantly. Don sustained non-critical injuries and the two girls were in critical condition.

Thousands of people were impacted by this tragedy, if anyone left a lasting impression she forevermore did.

Her mother in her grief had to admit that 6 days before she died she had a dream that she needed to look down at something and when she finally did she saw her daughter in a casket. The day she died she felt she needed to get down and pray for sustenance for something she was to face. Her wonderful parents had an amazing grace through this trial as well as her precious husband though it hurt so very bad. Momma said, " I believe it was her time."

There was around 1,300 people at her funeral, massive amounts of flowers and so many memories.

Carrie's motto she had on her bebo page was " Never say harsh words they might be your last!" also " Humility is like underware, you should wear it, but it should not be seen. "

One of the things she hated the most was "GOSSIP", she always seen the best in everyone.

Carrie, my dear cousin we will miss you!

I had the privilege to sing David Phelps " No More Night " at her funeral.

David Phelps " No More Night"


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      Candace Green 7 years ago from OKLAHOMA

      So true ladies, thanks for your precious posts.

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      Karen 7 years ago

      I'll never forget where I was when I received the call that my dear niece Carrie was gone. It was so hard to believe, but I knew beyond a shadow of doubt where she was. Carrie was the best Christian young person I knew. She dearly loved the Lord and everyone knew it she was not afraid or embarrassed to share her Love for her Lord.

      Carrie, you are always in our hearts. We miss you terribly, but we will meet again.

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      Rebecca DeMent 7 years ago

      so many waiting for us in Heaven.....i'ts gonna be a great reunion day! now she's part of that "great cloud of witnesses" and yes i believe they ARE cheering us on!

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      Candace Green 7 years ago from OKLAHOMA

      April 17 Today it has been 2 years since we lost beautiful Carrie. We love you Carrie! I know she is cheering us on and someday we will have a glad reunion day.

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      Michelle 8 years ago

      What a beautiful poem... it made me cry.. I have been thinking about Carrie and Don... the family... I don't really know the family that well... but I went to Bible school for a while with Don and Carrie, was terribly homesick... sometimes it was just Carries smile or a hug that helped me through a moment... Heaven sure did get a jewel... I will never quite understand Gods plan here but I know His ways are above ours and there has to be a purpose for God taking her... Thanks for sharing this beautiful poem!

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      Candace Green 8 years ago from OKLAHOMA

      We are missing you terrible Carrie you are forever in our hearts, your impact will never die!

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      prasetio30 8 years ago from malang-indonesia

      nice hub about wedding memories. great topic. I like to read this.

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      Candace Green 8 years ago from OKLAHOMA

      Thanks G-Maw for you sweet comment. I want us all to be together in heaven someday:.) God bless you too!

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      Merle Ann Johnson 8 years ago from NW in the land of the Free

      Can't wait to meet her my dear...A beautiful tribute to a wonderful Lady, from another wonderful Lady YOU...My prayers to those who miss her so much and God Bless...G-Ma :O) HUGS

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      Sharon 8 years ago

      Carrie, life may have been short on this earth. but when she recieves her crown it will full jewels, of those she won, in her life time. even thru her death,no telling how many more jewels will be added to her crown. it may be a sad time now, but joy will come in the morning,reaping only last for the night.For those who have known Carrie, if they will hold true to God, they will one day see her face to face, in Heaven. What a reunion that will be.