Kerrie Jean Chappell, age 46, went home to Jesus on Feb 2, 2016.
Kerrie was born in Dallas, TX, on Oct 10, 1969. She was one of God’s special children, born profoundly retarded with several other physical disabilities. None of that kept her from experiencing a full and joyous life. Kerrie was always in the center of her family’s many activities. She started school at age 3 at Helping Hands School for the Disabled in Irving, TX. Kerrie never learned to speak, but she learned to crawl at age 3 and walk at age 6. Until then, she was always carried in the arms of her loving parents and siblings. Kerrie attended special education classes in Grapevine, TX, and received her special ed diploma in 1991 at age 21, to a standing ovation from the entire Grapevine High School graduating class.
Kerrie’s loving parents, Fred and Pauline Chappell, and her 7 brothers and sisters never let Kerrie’s disabilities hold her back. Kerrie loved to play in the family pool, and amazed everyone by how long she could hold her breath under water. She would eventually swim in the Atlantic Ocean, the Gulf of Mexico, and the Caribbean Sea on her family’s many travels. Kerrie traveled more and experienced more than many people with full abilities. She went down into Carlsbad Caverns and up the steps of the Lincoln Memorial. She stood on the edge of the Grand Canyon, saw Yosemite Falls and Mt Rushmore, and watched Old Faithful blow. She traveled the Ozarks and the Ouachitas, the Blue Ridge and the Smokies, the Rockies and the Tetons, and crossed the Sierra Nevadas. She rode every ride at Six Flags and went to Disney World 4 times. She went on 10 cruises with her family, and traveled the beaches of Mexico, Jamaica, Cayman, Belize, and the Bahamas. She traveled to Branson and Crystal Falls with the youth at Board Camp Baptist Church, where she dearly loved and was loved by everyone. Kerrie was a shining example of what people with disabilities can do when they are loved and given the opportunities they deserve. She was adored by her parents and her 7 siblings, and was the first playmate for each of her 10 nieces and nephews. She loved sweets, and if she could have spoken, her advice would have been, “Eat lots of dessert, always make it chocolate, and eat it first!”
She is survived by, her dear Mama, Pauline Chappell of Mena; sister Vickie Chappell of Mena; sister Debbie Chappell Addy of Mena; brother Steve Chappell of Denver, CO; sister Connie Chappell Millhollon and husband David of Gun Barrel City, TX; sister Bettie Chappell Chamberlin of Wills Point, TX; sister Laurie Chappell of Cumby, TX; her nieces and nephews, Phillip Addy and wife Sarah, Michael Addy and wife Courtney, Daniel Addy, Shannon Millhollon, Brandon Chappell, Elliot Chamberlin, Rachel Addy, Heather Millhollon, Emmet Chamberlin, Eland Chamberlin; and her 3 great-nieces, Aurora Addy, Lydia Addy and Summer Chamberlin.
Kerrie was preceded to Heaven by, her Daddy, Fred Chappell; and her brother, David Chappell.