Kiarah McKenzie Baxter

February 02, 1998 - April 24, 2020

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Friday, May 01, 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM
Young Family Funeral Home - Kendallville Chapel

Friday, May 01, 3:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Young Family Funeral Home - Kendallville Chapel


Saturday, May 02, 1:00 PM
Young Family Funeral Home - Kendallville Chapel


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Kiarah McKenzie Baxter, 22, of Kendallville died Friday, April 24, 2020, at Parkview Regional Medical Center in Fort Wayne with her family at her side.

She was born February 2, 1998, in Fort Wayne to Patrick and Charmin (Hicks) Baxter.

On March 23, 2019, in Kendallville she married Ashlee Rorie.

She was a 2016 graduate of East Noble High School and currently a student in the nursing program at Saint Francis University in Fort Wayne.

She was employed as a CNA at Sacred Heart Home in Avilla. She attended Green Chapel Church.

Kiarah enjoyed attending concerts and going to Cedar Point. She especially loved being with her family and friends.

Surviving are her wife, Ashlee Baxter of Kendallville; her mother, Charmin (Rob Marquis) Baxter of Kendallville; her father, Patrick (Holly) Baxter of Kendallville; five sisters, Hannah Baxter of Kendallville, Elizabeth Karst of Princeton, Kentucky, Jennifer Marquis of New Haven, Jessica Marquis of New Haven, and Cheyenne (Ryan) Kling of Marion; four brothers, Alex Padilla of Kendallville, Taylor (Paige) Havert of Rome City, Austin (Megan) Keith of Kendallville, and Rayne (Hailey) Heine of Rome City; maternal grandmother, Wilma Blankenship of Kendallville; paternal grandfather, Andrew Baxter of Spring Hill, Florida; aunts and uncles, Ben (Linda) Castle of Rome City, Ryan Kauffman of Wolcottville, Lisa Castle of Kendallville, Andrew “Dee” (Cindy) Baxter of Indianapolis, David (Shalisa) Baxter of Kendallville, and Suzanne (Jeremy) Dunham of Spring Hill, Florida; and her beloved cats, Penelope and Tigger.

She was preceded in death by maternal grandfather, Monroe Hicks; paternal grandmother, Judith Baxter; and aunts, Tracy Hicks and Sharon Cheek.

Funeral services will be Saturday, May 2, 2020, at Young Family Funeral Home, Kendallville Chapel, 222 South State Street, Kendallville and is limited to ten family members. Pastor Mel Heiniger of Green Chapel Church will officiate. Burial will be in Orange Cemetery, Rome City.

A live broadcast of the funeral service will be available for other family and friends to view on the Young Family Funeral Home Facebook page Saturday at 1 p.m.

Pallbearers are her brothers, Alex, Taylor, Austin, and Rayne.

Visitation will be Friday, May 1, 2020, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the funeral home. Due to safety concerns from COVID-19, the visitation is limited to ten people at a time. Please use good judgment in determining the length of your visit or if you should attend. There will be no congregating in the parking lot and physical distancing of six feet is mandatory.

Preferred memorials are to the Humane Society of Noble County, 1305 Sherman Street, Kendallville, Indiana, 46755

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Guest Book

Charmin Baxter
May 14th, 2020 6:55am

Kiarah my heart is so broken. I dont wanna go on without you. I dont know how. I'm so angry. I love you always and forever

Diane Leighty
May 2nd, 2020 5:49pm

I am sorry for the loss of Kiarah! She is with the Lord. You’re all in my thoughts and prayers.🙏🏻 God be with all at this time and forever! With Sympathy.

Christina Price
May 2nd, 2020 3:24pm
Coldwater Michigan

Fly high beautiful. We are going to miss you.

Heather Shepherd
May 2nd, 2020 2:07pm
Rome City

You will be so missed Kiarah, we love you always. Say hi to Tracy for me❤️

Grampa Baxter
May 1st, 2020 10:49pm
Spring Hill FL

I will never forget you

Miriam, Peyton, and Brendon Rockhill
May 1st, 2020 7:21pm

We are thinking and praying for all of you today! Kiarah thank you for being part of my kids lives they loved you so much! We will see you in heaven someday!

Patti Mellott
May 1st, 2020 7:04pm

Live for your family and know you have a angel looking over you from above.

Michael & Kari Bianski
May 1st, 2020 4:53pm

May God bless all the family & friends. Praying for you.

Lisa&Richard Schwarz
May 1st, 2020 11:56am

Sorry isn't enough to say for all the people who loved her, continue to love her and know that you made a difference in her life as she did yours. Cherish your memories and know you will see her again in Heaven. God Bless

Pastor Mel Heiniger
April 29th, 2020 10:42am
5985 E 900N Kendallville

As we mourn your passing, we are encouraged knowing where you are now! All of our puzzles of life have a missing piece but the Lord you are with now, will fill those spaces eventually. you are loved and greatly missed....

Brooke moore
April 28th, 2020 7:05pm

Thank you for being my best friend my partner in crime for 3 years I love you so much kiarah you mean everything to me!💙

Lita Sylve
April 28th, 2020 6:19pm

So sorry for the loss of your daughter my dear. Words cannot fill your empty heart.. So young to leave this life but may she fly high with the angels. Prayers to the family.

Donald Coffey and Family
April 28th, 2020 2:09pm

Prayers for your ur family in this time of sorrow

Mary & Tony R. Black
April 28th, 2020 12:09pm
Albion, Indiana

We are so sorry to read of Kiarah passing, no words can express how we feel for you Pat during this very hard time. Our thoughts and prayers go to you and your family.

Melanie Altimus
April 27th, 2020 10:00pm

I am so sorry to hear of the passing of this beautiful soul. One thing I absolutely adored about Kiarah was her love of taking care of others, now she can protect and take care of her loved ones from heaven. Thank you Kiarah for being such a light to everyone who met you.

Holly Castle
April 27th, 2020 7:18am

Not only were you my little cousin, you were one of my very best friends. I am so blessed to have all of the memories I do with you. It still seems unreal, but I know you will always be with me. I tried to protect you from the World, now you're protecting me. I love you beyond words Kiarah. I'm forever grateful for you. We only part, to meet again. P.S. I never forgot about the matching cat tattoos we were suppose to get, I promise to still do it.

Jerry and Sandra CampBell
April 27th, 2020 1:56am

Patrick, Sorry to hear of the loss of your daughter Kiarah.. I can relate to your feeling as having loss a son a year ago.. There is not much anyone can say to lessen the pain. Just keep your head and spirits up knowing you raised her with pride in the best way you could. You will always have her memories. there is always a reason for being taken so early even if me don't understand why.

Ryleigh Shepherd
April 27th, 2020 1:07am

Kiarah was my big sister, not by blood by choice. I will forever love and miss you! Thank you for these past 13 years! Couldn’t have gotten through it without you. God took you to soon but he thought you have accomplished more than enough in your 22 years of life. I am glad you are no longer suffering. My heart is shattered. Never will that hole be able to be fixed. I’m proud to call you my big sister. Heaven has gained another beautiful angel. You will always be with us. Fly high beautiful angel. Gone but never forgotten.

Pam Niemeyer
April 27th, 2020 1:01am
7405 Sunderland Dr Ft Wayne

Fly high with the angels. Prayers for your ur family in this time of sorrow

Lisa k. Castle
April 26th, 2020 10:45pm

Kiarah, I love you always and heart will never be the same... You are gone too soon from all of us. I'm so proud to call you my niece, so proud of who you were as a person, so proud you gave your life back to God.... Heaven has definately gained a very Beautiful Angel! ...tell my sissys i love n miss them... RIP,Flyin with Angels n walking with our Saviour n family...#TeamKiarah #Cruising4Kiarah you always, 💔💝 Aunt Liss

Teresa Criswell
April 26th, 2020 8:23pm
Rome City

So sorry for the loss of your sweet beautiful Kiarah. My heart breaks for you and all of the family. Sending hugs and prayers to everyone. May God help you all through this difficult time. Love you Charmin!

Stephanie Runge
April 26th, 2020 7:44pm
Walcott, Iowa

My deepest sympathy to you, Ashlee & all of Kiarah‘a family. Kiarah was an absolute ray of sunshine to everyone she knew & even to people she didn’t. I have great memories of sitting in lots of lines with her waiting for Lauren concerts. She always had a smile. She will be missed for sure. Surrounding you all in strength and prayer during this unimaginable difficult time.

Timothy McKnight III
April 26th, 2020 7:06pm

We shared a couple of classes together in high school and she always had such a kind and tender soul. We love you Kiarah.

Lisa Lieberenz
April 26th, 2020 6:52pm

Charmin I'm keeping you in my thoughts an prayers. Kiarah will be missed so much. She is now a. Beautiful Angel watching over you an your family. God Bless. Love ya my friend💕💕💕

Kelly Swank
April 26th, 2020 6:45pm

Will never forget you, sweet girl.

Evelyn Smith
April 26th, 2020 6:00pm

My heart breaks for you Charmin so sorry to hear about the loss of your daughter Kiarah praying that God will get you through this and remember all your memories of your daughter love you 💔

Venessa Perkins
April 26th, 2020 5:46pm

My prayers for charmin and Pat and Ashlee. May god your family tight as you continue on the journey. Big tight hugs❤️

Kayla Palmieri
April 26th, 2020 5:31pm
Spring Hill FL

Kiarah, I love you so much. I miss you terribly. It’s hard to be happy and smile when your not here. I can only do that knowing your no longer suffering and going through the fight with cancer. You had so much life ahead of you and I can’t bear knowing you’re not here to live it through. I promise you I will honor you throughout living mine, remember the small things are important, and I’ll be here for Hannah, Alex, Uncle Pat and Charmin, and your wife Ashlee through the rough roads and happy ones ahead. You were one inspiring beautiful human. Don’t worry, I will sing my lungs out with every papa roach song, every Lauren Sanderson song, and even Justin Bieber. This is so unbelievably surreal. I love you Kiarah.

Eugenia Myers
April 26th, 2020 5:28pm

My prayers are with the family God bless you all at this time my love and prayers are with you