Carmen's Story

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Life itself is filled with aggression and passivity, tempered with giving and taking, positives and negatives. Faith and life are necessary to achieve mountain-moving energy, which allows us to reach our ultimate goal. So it was for Carmen Vinetta Stevens.
Carmen Vinetta Stevens was born Oct. 28, 1981, in Fairmont, to Irene Keys and the late Vincent Jones.
She departed this life Friday (June 3, 2016) in Charleston, at St. Francis Medical Center.
Carmen truly had a pure heart of gold; she would do for others before doing for herself. She enjoyed spending time with her family, especially her aunt Lotasha Stevens, who was more like a sister to her. She loved sitting on the porch with her grandmother Wyonia Stevens on warm summer evenings, talking on the phone to her mother every day and playing scratch-off tickets (with the hopes that one day she would win that million-dollar ticket). She also enjoyed coming home to Fairmont every summer for a couple weeks and attending her lil cousin's sporting events. Carmen was blessed to be surrounded by family and friends and to witness the graduation of her little cousin Kharon Harrell just one week prior to her death. Little did we know this was Carmen's last celebration of life. She ultimately received that million-dollar scratch-off along with a pair of wings that flew her right into the arms of Jesus Christ.
Carmen leaves to cherish her memories her loving mother, Irene M. (Stevens) Keys; her stepfather, Kenneth Keys Sr.; one brother, Damon (Michelle) Stevens; four sisters, Kendra Washington, Kolena "Ko-Ko" Smith, Lisa Smith and Terrae (Thomas) Shuler; her loving niece, Malia Stevens; her grandmother, Wyonia Stevens; two uncles, Charles Stevens III and Roger (Bridgette) Stevens; seven aunts, Lorraine Stevens, Sheila (Keith) Murphy, Lotasha Stevens, Ann Jones, Yvette Jones, Charlene Jones and Dreama Anderson; four great-aunts, Lorraine Russell, Geraldine Johnson, Lynn Renee Chaney and Jessie Mae Wills-Cofield; a host of cousins; and a very special friend, James "Jimmy" Arnold. Carmen also leaves her second family, which she loved very much, Lisa Freeman, Frances Jones, Harry Jones and Will Hill.
The family will receive friends from 11 a.m. to noon Saturday at Morning Star Baptist Church, 100 McKinney St. in Fairmont. The funeral service will be held at noon Saturday in the church with Pastor Wesley Dobbs officiating. Interment will follow at Evergreen Cemetery in Fairmont.
Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.domicofh.com.
Published on June 9, 2016
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