ForeverMissed

The beloved daughter, granddaughter, sister, niece, cousin and friend, Alexandra Christine Carroll left this world unexpectedly on Feb. 23, 2019. She was 25 years old. Born in Rockville, MD on Nov. 20, 1993 to Bob and Whitney (Wilkins) Carroll, Alex grew up in Damascus, where she attended Damascus High School. She went on to further her education at the University of Delaware, earning an B.S. (with honors) in Kinesiology and Exercise Science. She then earned a B.S.N. magna cum laude from the University of Maryland Baltimore. She was an R.N. in the Cardiac Progressive Care Unit at the University of Maryland Medical Center.

We will always remember her infectious smile, enthusiastic attitude, and caring personality. Her presence in our lives will be sorely missed.

When you think of Alex, celebrate the good memories you have of her. Remember that life is fragile and short and should be lived to the fullest.

She leaves behind her parents; brother Parker; grandparents, Sandra and Bill Carroll, Gay and Jim Eadie, and Buck Wilkins; aunts, uncles, cousins and friends.

A Memorial Service and Celebration of Life will be held Saturday, March 9 at 1:00 at Damascus United Methodist Church, located at 9700 New Church Street in Damascus, MD. The ceremony will be followed by a time for greeting and reflecting with friends, and sharing refreshments in the Great Hall.

In lieu of flowers, gifts in memory of Alex may be directed to support the Heart Center Nursing Fund at the University of Maryland Medical System Foundation. Please make checks payable to: University of Maryland Medical System Foundation. Gifts may be mailed with a memo indicating that this gift is in memory of Alexandra Carroll to the UMMS Foundation, 110 S. Paca St. 9th Floor, Baltimore, MD 21201 or gifts can be made online at www.ummsfoundation.org/give.  (Choose the Heart and Vascular Center designation, then Heart Center Nursing Fund.)

Posted by Ashley White on February 23, 2020
Thinking of your family and Alexandra today
Posted by Frenchie Davis-El on March 9, 2019
I was deeply saddened to learn of Alexandra's death and would like to express my sincere sympathy to you and your family on behalf of the Medical Intensive Care Unit staff here at University of Maryland. Your child was highly respected and liked among staff throughout the hospital.
Posted by Lauren Appiah on March 9, 2019
Alex,
You will be truly missed. I will miss that beautiful that shined through that smile. I will miss our talks at lunch and how you were a vegetarian part time and that wonderful chicken dip you always make. You were a great nurse and a delight to work with. May your soul rest in eternal peace.
Posted by Christa Stultz on March 9, 2019
I was lucky enough to be Alex's preceptor on the CCU when she was a summer student nurse resident. She was smart, kind, and funny--brought me energy drinks as a gift on her last day! So sorry for your loss, and the loss of a fantastic and talented nurse.
Posted by Carissa Uriarte on March 8, 2019
I am so sorry for your loss. I had the privilege of having Alex during her senior practicum in the CPCU. She was such a delight as a nursing student. She had such a big heart and was so caring, always with a smile! She always wanted to learn and was such a hard worker. She is very missed. <3
Posted by Dawit Medhin on March 8, 2019
I am so sorry for your loss. My heart goes out to you and your family.
May the God of all Comforts be with you during this very difficult time.
Dawit Medhin, with SBIRS Program, Boulder, Colorado
Posted by Katie Jones on March 8, 2019
I am still trying to make sense of this horrible tragedy. I am so sorry for your loss. Alex was an incredible coworker, a smart nurse with so much potential. She was always smiling with a laugh so distinctive it made me happy to hear. It is unfathomable that this could happen to an individual so young and so loved. <3 Katie Jones, NP at UMMC
Posted by Julie Caprio on March 7, 2019
I had the honor of working briefly with Alex in the CCU when she was still a student. My thoughts are with you in this time of great loss - this is truly tragic and I hope that good memories may bring you some peace.
Posted by Gautam Ramani on March 7, 2019
I worked with Alex over the past few years at UMMC. Every time I walked through the unit, whether I was just passing through or seeing one of her patients, she always greeted me with a warm smile and a hello. Just an amazing personality, hard worker, and a nurse who had tremendous potential. Our thoughts are with you as you grieve during difficult times. Alex will be missed on inpatient cardiovascular medicine.
Posted by Martin Taylor on March 6, 2019
I’m so incredibly sorry for your loss. My name is Martin and I am a member of the physical therapy team at University of Maryland, and had the opportunity to work with Alex‘s patients on multiple occasions. She was a great nurse, and a very sweet and caring young woman. Her wonderful attitude showed in her interactions with patients and members of the staff. she had a wonderful smile and will absolutely be a missed, again so very sorry for your loss.
Posted by Steve Dutil on March 6, 2019
Bob and Whitney, I'm completely heartbroken for you and what you must be going through. Although I did not know Alex firsthand, she was in my son Dan's graduating class at Damascus. I can tell from all the outpouring of love here that it is my loss too to have never met her. She obviously made an indelible, positive mark on our world. Many prayers and love to you both. 
- Steve
Posted by Tory Walker on March 5, 2019
i am so sorry for your loss my heart go out to you and your family at this sad times my condolences prayers I am worker on 8-9 northwest cancer canter university of Maryland medical center tory
Posted by Kathy Cucchiella on March 5, 2019
My sincerest thoughts and prayers to Alex's family. Alex will forever be remembered for that beautiful smile, and bright loving presence she brought to everyone. I pray for some kind of peace during this most difficult time. She will be sorely missed. 
Kathy Cucchiella (PCU)
Posted by Judy Bleza on March 5, 2019
Smiling face that brightened night shift when she was on CCU. Very easy to get along with, humble and always willing to learn.
Posted by Lynda Packard on March 4, 2019
Alex played soccer with my daughter, Michelle for several years and she was always so sweet to everyone. My heart just goes out to you all and I am so sorry for your loss.
Posted by Rob Roberts on March 4, 2019
Bob and Whitney. I'm so sorry. I can't even begin to imagine. While I didn't know Alex firsthand, I remember the daily stories that Bob would relay to me of her first years. I know that she was very loved and will be profoundly missed.  All my love and prayers. Ray
Posted by Gina Smith on March 3, 2019
Whitney, Bob and family. I am so sorry for your loss. I have no words except that she will always be with you and on your darkest days her spirit will guide you! Praying for peace and comfort in the days to come.
Posted by Samantha Y on March 3, 2019
I'm a resident who worked with Alex a few months back - she made a very tough rotation much easier and more enjoyable. She was a great nurse and a great person - always offered a smile and a sympathetic ear during a rough day. Truly so sorry for your loss, and sending you love and warmth.
Posted by Julie Lenzer on March 1, 2019
Bob and Whitney,
I have no words that can take away the pain and sorrow you must be feeling. Gone way too soon.
I'll always remember her beautiful smile gracing our neighborhood!
You all are in my prayers...
Julie Lenzer
Posted by Karen Carwile Rayburn on March 1, 2019
Bob and Whitney, my heart breaks for you and your family. Alex was clearly loved and cherished by so many. Sending you love and prayers for comfort. Karen
Posted by Lisa Fisher on March 1, 2019
Whitney and Bob, so very saddened to hear this heartbreaking news. Although I did not know Alex, it sounds like she was beautiful inside and out - just like her parents. My thoughts and prayers are with you all. Lisa Mays Fisher
Posted by Zora Smith on March 1, 2019
Alex will never be for gotten my heart is broken she will always be in my heart her smile, joy and the love she show to others no matter where she went I enjoy working with her. Ms. Vanessa Smith
Posted by Ashley White on February 28, 2019
My heart breaks for your family. I think of you all day and night. - Ashley White (Mill Creek Parish Preschool mother)
Posted by Marlene Didone on February 28, 2019
My heart goes out to you and your family. Fill your heart and mind of the wonderful memories of Alex. Lean into your family and friends for support. We are here for you for whatever you may need. Marlene and Kara
Posted by Doreen Cohen on February 28, 2019
Words cannot describe, but know our heartfelt sorrow. Such a wonderful, sweet person that will forever be a huge part of Jackie's life. Alex's smile will be with us forever. If there is anything you need please let us know. Doreen & Mike
Posted by Kate Turner on February 28, 2019
Alex was a treasure. I loved her infectious smile that was always at the ready when she was hanging with Marissa. The picture stuck in my head is one of her with a big float in our pool, grinning from ear to ear.  I will always remember her for the way she seemed to embrace life as an adventure.  Kate Turner (Marissa's Mom)
Posted by Suzanne Rowan on February 28, 2019
So heartbroken and sending you all lots of love in this time of sorrow. We will forever remember Alex with that wonderful smile and the joy that she brought to this world. Love you all. Please know we are here for whatever you may need. Suzanne

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Posted by Ashley White on February 23, 2020
Thinking of your family and Alexandra today
Posted by Frenchie Davis-El on March 9, 2019
I was deeply saddened to learn of Alexandra's death and would like to express my sincere sympathy to you and your family on behalf of the Medical Intensive Care Unit staff here at University of Maryland. Your child was highly respected and liked among staff throughout the hospital.
Posted by Lauren Appiah on March 9, 2019
Alex,
You will be truly missed. I will miss that beautiful that shined through that smile. I will miss our talks at lunch and how you were a vegetarian part time and that wonderful chicken dip you always make. You were a great nurse and a delight to work with. May your soul rest in eternal peace.
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Shared by Kelsey Evancho on March 8, 2019

First off to Bob, Whitney, Parker, Zack family and friends; I am so sorry for your loss. I know words can’t make this tragedy any easier to deal with but I hope you find peace in knowing Alex loved you all. 

As for my stories with Alex we have too many to count. We were always goofing off, going to concerts, exploring new places or just enjoying life. However, one of my favorite stories about Alex has to do with a nickname she was given from Jimmy, Vince and me. 

I’m not sure who started it but at some point we all started calling her the GWB, which stood for the great white buffalo. It sounds funny but we would often find ourselves yelling GWB when we saw Alex on campus or at a party. Alex would always laugh at us and tell us we were goons for giving her that nickname. One day Alex asked us why we started calling her that and the answer was simple. Alex was one of the rarest most majestic creatures to ever roam into our lives. 

When I think about it now, her nickname fit her so perfectly. She was an adventurous soul who loved to be free to roam. She was beautiful both inside and out but most of all she was rare. She was that person that you only meet once in a life time. Alex was so loving, caring, funny, positive, spirited and full of life which is something not often seen in this world.

I know we are all struggling to deal with the sadness of losing such a wonderful soul but we should consider ourselves lucky for having known Alex. I know in the 8 years that I knew her she made me a better person, taught me how to let go, be myself and so much more. I owe a lot to Alex. I don’t know where I would be or who I would be dating if it weren’t for her (she was the one who forced me to the party where I met the love of my life). Honestly, now I see every moment that I shared with Alex was a blessing and it makes the pain of losing her a little more bearable. 

I know no amount of praying can bring Alex back. Sometimes I still can’t believe something so awful happened to such a wonderful person. I wake up hoping that this is all just a nightmare even though I know it’s not. I feel the only way to truly give Alex and ourselves peace is to hold on to our memories and feel the love she showed us. We need to cherish the moments that we spent with her and remember all the joy that she brought into our lives. I know personally there were so many things I admired about Alex. The best way we can keep her with us is to never forget what she taught us in life and to live every day to its fullest.

Shared by Sarah Driver on February 28, 2019

I was lucky enough to meet Alex during our freshman year of college when we were randomly put onto the same floor. My first impression was "this girl is awesome and I want to be friends with her." I have this one memory of her being dared to eat a potted plant and she did--she ate the entire thing! It was like a foot tall! I was half impressed and half horrified. Still makes me crack up and I'm pretty sure I have a picture somewhere of the remnants of the plant. 

The Alex I knew liked to be silly but she was also very thoughtful, in what she thought about and what she chose to do for others. She was the kind of person who would write a birthday card that was so nice you would hold onto it for years. I got directionally confused once--we were trying to hike to a restaurant or something and not having an iPhone with gps on it was difficult--and I remember thinking how cool it was that something that could have been stressful (getting lost) actually turned into a great time (getting more time to hang out with her). She had a knack for taking something mundane and making it brighter and better, by sheer force of personality. 

I know my life was improved for having known her. Mr. and Mrs. Carroll, you guys raised a really unique person, lovely inside and out. I'm so, so sorry to hear of her passing.