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Hannah Denise McCarty

Born: 8/14/1986

Died: 7/22/2003

Maiden Name: n/a

Honorific: n/a

Hannah Denise McCarty, 16, of Oklahoma City, entered Heaven on July 22, 2003. Her extraordinary life began August 14, 1986, when she was born at Carl Albert Indian Hospital in Ada, Oklahoma, to Jack and Pamela McCarty. Hannah attended kindergarten through 5th grade at Good Shepherd Lutheran School in Midwest City, and 6th grade at Mid-Del Christian School. She earned many academic and fine arts awards, stayed on the honor roll and always had fun. The fun times and the work accelerated when she was accepted at Classen School of Advanced Studies where she was a dance major 7th through 9th grades, and a drama major her sophomore year. She was looking forward to participating in the musical theater program in her junior year. She remained in the National Honor Society while pursuing her dance and theater dreams, not only at Classen but also at private fine arts schools.

Hannah took dance lessons since she was four years old, and was skilled at tap (her favorite), ballet, jazz, modern and Irish dancing. She also felt that God had called her to care for little children, and planned to have a Hollywood daycare business as well as an acting career.

Hannah and her parents are members of Church of the Harvest, where Hannah enjoyed volunteering in the children’s ministry with two and three year olds, and also served as a church greeter. Hannah had a close relationship with Jesus Christ. She often smiled and welcomed people to church when she had little strength to stand. She never complained. She never gave up. Her life was threatened many times over the years, but she stood on God’s Word, and she never stopped dancing.

Survivors include her parents, Jack and Pam, who adore her more than words can express; grandfather Bernard McCarty; uncles Vernon, Patrick, and Steve McCarty, and Clark, Shawn, and Thane Mize; aunts Carol Spinks, Linda Robinson, Candace Dudek, and Heather Bellows; cousins Joseph McCarty, Glenda Branch, Laura, Hali and Dylan Hunter; Bethany, Ryan, Christopher, Robert, and Stephanie McCarty; Samantha, Lucas, and Zachary Mize; Blayne Cook, Amy Brewer; Sarah, Blake and Hope Bellows; Gabriel, Maya and Rowan Cook; Leah, Drew and Reese Brewer, step-grandpa Gene McFall, and step-great grandma Nettie Raleigh. Hannah will also be missed by her cat, Ariel; her doctor, Merl Simmons; and her many special best friends who were like her family.

Hannah was preceded in death and escorted to Heaven by her cherished grandmother, Sylvia (Raleigh) Mize McFall; grandfather Riley Mize, and great grandfather Jim Raleigh. Her grandmother Margaret (Mills) McCarty followed her to Heaven on July 25, 2003. They are having quite a reunion celebration.

Hannah’s service was held at Church of the Harvest, with Pastors Kirk Pankratz, Dan Boone, and Keith Douglas officiating. Pallbearers included Jim Spinks, Carl Dudek, David Bellows, Patrick McCarty; Clark, Shawn, and Lucas Mize; Blayne Cook, and Andy Brewer. Hannah was also represented by her childhood Pastors Charles Graves and Calvino Muse. Graveside service was led by Youth Pastor Elijah Tindall, at Rose Hill Burial Park in Oklahoma City.

Hannah Denise McCarty