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Vinson, Carole

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April 22, 1934 - July 12, 2015

Vinson, Carole

Carole Ann Wamnus Vinson, age 81, died peacefully in her sleep on Sunday, July 12, 2015 following a yearlong battle with SCLC. Carole was born April 22, 1934 in Boston, MA to the late Henry M. Wamnus and Catherine McLaughlin Wamnus as the 12th of their 13 children. Carole moved with her family to Houston, TX in her elementary years. She married David K Goff of Houston, TX., and together they had two daughters; Carole Ann Goff and Catherine Goff Heap.

On July 11, 1981, Carole married Fred N. Vinson, Jr., a very devoted husband, of Dallas, TX, and her life was further enriched by two more daughters; Lacey Vinson Wells and Shannon Vinson Garrett. Carole and Fred were always together and so much in love. They had numerous hobbies they loved such as: boating, fishing, traveling, eating at their favorite restaurants, dancing, and shopping. Carole was a loving, bubbly, energetic and outgoing woman. She touched everyone she met. She was very loving to all babies and, in her mind, all pets should be treated as children. \ Carole lived a fulfilled life. She was a wonderful wife, mother, grandmother, great grandmother, aunt, and friend and will be truly missed.

Carole is survived by her husband, Fred N Vinson Jr., daughters; Carole Goff, Catherine Heap (Kent Heap Sr.), Lacey Wells (Gary Wells), Shannon Garrett (Paul Garrett), grandchildren; Kenyon Heap, Kent Heap Jr., Kelsey Heap, Reece Wells, Holly Ann Wells, and Walker Wells, great granddaughter, Emma Mae Newton, brothers; Walter Wamnus and Robert Snodgrass, sister, June Alexander, as well as a multitude of cousins, nieces and nephews.

A Celebration of Life ceremony will be held from 2 – 4pm on Aug. 29, 2015 at Cafe Amore 600 N. Coit Road, Richardson, TX. 

In lieu of flowers, donations to the American Cancer Society in Carole’s name will be greatly appreciated.


Arrangements are under the direction of:
ARIA Cremation Service & Funeral Home
19310 Preston Road, Dallas, Texas 75252

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Melody Morales

August 29, 2015 12:30PM

I will forever admire mamas for the strength she carried throughout her tough journey this last year. Mamas showed me nothing but love, and what being a gentle person is all about it. I feel very honored to have met mamas, and spent many vacations and holidays together. Memories that will always be with as she will. I pray that papa fred, her children, and family find peace in knowing will all be together again. Xoxo

Kenyon Heap

August 29, 2015 12:18PM

My Mamas was without a doubt the best grandmother anyone could ever ask for. She always loved me so much, and was best known for bringing a smile to your face. I will always love her and remember the joys she brought to my life. I love you Mamas!!

Jeanna Cole Kobs

August 28, 2015 12:38PM

I first met Carole when I was a teenager! Her daughter, Cathy and my sister, Julie were, and still are best friends!
When the parents met each other, they formed a wonderful friendship as well! They spent many weekends together boating, while the older teenagers "Held the fort down!!!"
Carole always reminded me of our father because they both acted like detectives trying to make sure we didn't get in any trouble while they were on their boating excursions!!!
Carole and our mother were like sisters! They were both so witty, filled with laughter, and had such a great time together!
Carole was like a second mom to our family! We had so many good times with our families, and friends!
When Carole met Fred, I honestly don't think I have ever seen any couple that were so in love, and happy, and sharing so many of the same fun interests!
We will miss Carole's laughter, wit, and friendship so much!
I pray every day that Carole's family, and friends will have peace, and can't wait until we can all be together again in heaven!!!
I love y'all!

Julie Cole

August 26, 2015 2:59PM

I have so many fond memories of Carole as a child all the way thru my adult life. She was like my second mom and I loved her dearly. I will miss her beautiful smile and her wonderful laughter. She was such a fun and vibrant lady. My heart goes out to you Fred, Cathy and Carole and the rest of her family and friends. I love you all, Julie

Kent Heap Sr.

July 24, 2015 5:55PM

Mom,as I lovingly referred to Carole,will be thought of and missed all the days of my life.I will cherish the memories of the last 42 years and through them I will remember Mom. Carole has touched so many lives. My prayers and thoughts go out to Fred and all of Carole's family and friends. May we all remember the "good times" and celebrate the life of one amazing woman.

Joann Heap

July 21, 2015 5:04PM

Carol sure knew how to live her life to the fullest and enjoy every minute of it. With heartfelt feelings, she'll be missed. Love, Joann

Bob and Mirna Lynch

July 19, 2015 11:22PM

Bob and I are so sorry for your loss. Our hearts are broken as we know yours is. When the Lord takes our loved ones home he leaves us the gift of our memories in exchange. Carole gave us so many special memories, the lake weekends, the New Years Eves celebration's and New Years day Shrimp boil with Black Eyed Peas with a shiny coin in them. Chinese Christmas at the lake, Halloween parties, our trips to New York, the trip on the boat from Florida to Houston then back again to Destin, the trip for oysters at Achalapacola, and RV trips to the coast. So many wonderful memories. Your in our thoughts and prayers.
Bob and Mirna Lynch

Charlotte Shelley

July 19, 2015 11:40AM

Carol, or Mama Carol, as I lovingly called her as a child, was such a truly beautiful person inside and out. I will always remember her as a kind-hearted, spirited, energetic, and fun-loving lady. She went out of her way to reach out to me as a child/adolescent, spending time with me, taking me on vacation, and really making me feel special. She listened with her heart. No doubt, she is healthy in heaven - keeping busy buzzing around. May all who were blessed to love and know her continue to feel her presence in their lives more than her absence.

Brendan Arnold

July 18, 2015 9:49PM

She was a special woman. She will be missed. My love and condolences to all.

Holle Heap Corenblith

July 18, 2015 10:28AM

Cathy, Carole Ann, Fred, and Family: We love you all so very much. Mammas' vibrant spirit lives on in each of you. Carole's life is truly one to be celebrated. Love always, Holle

Cheryl Goff

July 17, 2015 10:26PM

Such a beautiful woman. She will be missed. My condolences.

Beth Swinford Fox

July 17, 2015 10:06PM

To Carole and Cathy and all of your loving family....please know how much we are thinking about you and your beautiful mother. Cathy, I so remember her welcoming, warm spirit at your graduation party. I know she will be sorely missed. My love goes out to you all. Love, Beth

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