"Heavens Got A Jewel" Carrie Kewer Vanzant
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!"
Sweethearts In India Missions Trip
Carrie and her bridesmaids The Kiss and Sweet Lovers
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.