Carrie McKenzie, left us to join our heavenly Father on July 20th 2018, she was only 21 years old. She was born on June 14th 1996, as the baby of the family. She had the most joyful spirit and radiant smile that just lit up a room when she entered, and the most infectious laugh that would bring a smile to everyoneâ€™s face. To us, she was always cheerful and beautiful. From the beginning, Carrie was involved in sports, which included Karate and Tennis. In middle school, she found the Town-n-Country Leagueretts where she fell in love with softball and was an All-Star pitcher, played third base and short stop for 10 years. She was an avid KTM 4-wheeler rider and dirt biker who often went to Crooms State Park with her family and friends to ride the trails. When she reached High-school, her sport of choice turned to Flag Football under the direction of Coach Hernandez. She also was an accomplished Saxophone player and marched with the Alonso Raven Marching Band. Carrie enjoyed waterskiing, wakeboarding and jet skiing on Lake Tarpon as well as Grand Traverse Bay in Traverse City , Michigan where she often visited during her summers. She loved the companionship of her co-workers at Whiskey Joeâ€™s where she worked as a server while attending classes at the University of South Florida (GO BULLS). She excelled academically, was a Bright Futures scholar, and was to start her senior year at USF as a Chemistry major. She then planned on pursuing a career in pharmacy like her father and Grand Father. Carrie had a love for cats and logged many hours as a volunteer to the Tampa Bay Cat Crusaders and fostered dozens of cats and kittens.
Carrie will be deeply missed by her loving family which includes her Father, Robert (Bob) McKenzie; Mother, Denise (Rottenbucher) McKenzie; Sister, Jennifer Meyering (Stefan); Brother, Jay McKenzie (Chantelle); Sister, Jamie Harder; and Sister, Crystal McKenzie. She will also be missed by Aunts and Uncles, Kathryn & Mark Fritz, Paula & Bruce Patrick, Dianne Rottenbucher, Kristin and Mark Kleinfelt; and Uncle Peter Rottenbucher. She is also survived by her Grandmother, Donna Rottenbucher (Peter John III) of Michigan; and her Grandfather, Miney Roseberry (Mildred) of Florida; and many extended family members too numerous to enumerate! (Many of which live in the Panama City area). Most of all, she leaves behind her favorite non-human possessions, her cats, Scribbles and Po. They will be in the care of Denise and Bob.
In lieu of flowers, we are asking for donations to Carrie's favorite organization; Tampa Cat Crusaders: https://www.tampacatcrusaders.org/