Her Life


Carrie West Remington is resting in the arms of Jesus after a ferocious battle with pancreatic cancer. “PanCan,” as Carrie called it, took her body on March 11, 2021 but it never took her spirit. She left this earth with peace in her heart, surrounded by her close family members. The photos, cards, posters and flowers that filled her hospice room at Faith Presbyterian Hospice in Dallas, TX were a testament to the impact her life had on so many who loved her.

Carrie was born in McAlester, Oklahoma on October 5, 1961. She is survived by her parents, Patricia and Barry West of Garland, TX; her two sons, William Ben Remington with his wife Julianne Remington, and Prescott Hill Remington with his bride Brooke Huston; her big brother Michael and his wife Kateri; and many other family members who all loved and adored her,  including her pups Dash and Rudy.

When she was a little girl and couldn’t quite pronounce “Carrie” she would call herself “Cakkie.” The nickname stuck and many of her friends and family affectionately called her Cak. Her contagious personality and big heart easily won her the title of Football Queen at Homecoming in high school. She had always been a natural beauty, both inside and out! A decorated cheerleader in high school, Carrie was known for her perfect “herkie”, an impressive cheerleading jump. Her brother Michael recalls having to look both ways when walking out of their family’s front door because Carrie might be practicing her backflips across the lawn. She never lost her athletic abilities, strength or flexibility and loved running with her dad and staying active and healthy throughout her life. 

Carrie graduated Cum Laude from Texas Tech University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Advertising. She became a Kappa Alpha Theta sorority member just like her mom and niece Jordan, and she remained close with her Texas Tech Theta sisters throughout her life. Carrie used her natural creative flair and artistic abilities to paint beautiful paintings and furniture, design t-shirts, sketch, draw, and work as an interior decorator. After college, Carrie worked in a marketing firm in Dallas before becoming an airline flight attendant, but her true calling in life came when she became a mother to her boys, Ben and Pres. Her love for her boys was inspirational and unconditional, and she devoted herself to them until the very end. Her greatest joy was celebrating Ben’s wedding on June 5, 2020 and witnessing Ben officiate the vows of Pres and Brooke in her hospital room in Houston on February 27, 2021. 

Carrie was dedicated to home-schooling her sons from preschool through junior high, setting them up for academic success and strong character. She continued her passion for teaching as she took on a new career as a high school English teacher at Dripping Springs High School. When her sons expressed their desire to go to college in Auburn, Alabama, Carrie didn’t even think twice about making the move to Auburn High School to support them. Carrie thrived in the classroom; she made learning fun and she was loved and adored by her students, fellow teachers and faculty at both schools where she taught. “Groovy” was her trademark at Auburn High School.

Carrie had a true zest for life and a sense of humor that was unmatched! She brightened the room and had a knack for injecting joy and laughter into any situation. Even when she knew her abdomen was filling up with toxic ascites from the cancer, Carrie jokingly referred to it as her “water baby” and called her favorite hospital bed position “scrunchie boy.” Carrie lived to laugh and love and just thinking about her unique, goofy giggle makes us smile. She continued to make her family, care team, and friends smile and laugh even in the midst of tremendous suffering. She loved to be goofy and truly made life fun. Carrie’s bubbly nature and genuine love for others led to countless genuine friendships and her life impacted everyone she encountered.

Carrie was selfless and often thought first of others before herself. Even when preparing for her first round of chemotherapy, Carrie called friends and family to ask how she could pray for them. In this way, she truly lived out her faith in Jesus in practical ways through sacrificial love. Her faith was an anchor for her soul and brought her a peace that surpasses understanding as she faced a rapidly deteriorating physical body.  It’s difficult to put to words the true essence of who Carrie was, as she was so uniquely Carrie, but if you knew her, even for a short time, you surely know how irreplicable she is. Her eternal light will never fade, and she will continue to have a ripple effect through a life truly well-lived. 

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“The Lord will fight for you. You need only to be still.” Exodus 14:14