Miranda was born in Longview, Texas on October 19, 1979. She went to Paradise on March 28, 2021 at 7:55 a.m. She is survived by her husband, the love of her life, Guillermo (Mo) Jose Carrasco; daughter Madison Mae Carrasco Gay and husband Curtis Andrew Gay; son Hunter Reid Carrasco; daughter Alicia Anamarie Carrasco; parents-mother Tanya Tolbert St. Clair; Pauline and James Johnson; father Robert Lionel Gleason; her brother Robert Clayton Gleason; granddaughter Serenity Rayne Gay; grandson Madden Reid Gay; and numerous aunts, uncles, cousins, and friends.
Now, time for her story. The name “Miranda” means “worthy of miracles.” How do you summarize the life of someone who meant so much to so many? You can’t, completely. Herein are a few highlights.
Her mother says, “Miranda was the epitome of connectedness. She never met a stranger. Upon meeting, she was instantly your friend. Throughout her entire life, if she didn’t know someone, she would go out of her way to make friends. When she was in grade school, she would see a group of kids that she didn’t know and go up to them and say, ‘Hi, I’m Miranda, do you want to play?’
Growing up, Miranda was a Camp Fire Girl. I was her group’s leader, like my mother and me before her. Every year we arranged with stores to sit outside and sell Camp Fire Candy. Her brother Clayton helped. Miranda was always one of the top sellers. When she grew up, we could never pass by a display of Almond Roca in the store without reminiscing about the time she and Clayton sold candy to actor Brian Denehee, who was making a movie in downtown McKinney, where we lived.
We completed a baby-sitting course in Camp Fire. It was apparent in the very beginning that she was born to be a mother, which will be shown in her children’s testimony. She was proud of everything her children did. They are all athletic. She rarely missed a game and was their greatest cheerleader. Her greatest joy was seeing them graduate and being there when her grandchildren were born.”
Her children say, “Momma was the most selfless, courageous, caring, loving person we have ever known. She always put our needs above her own. In hard times, she made sure we had plenty of food in our bellies. She prepared our meal and made our plates. If we were still hungry, she would pretend to be full and share her portion. She put us to bed and woke us with a smile, a hug, a goodnight and a good morning every day. She shopped at thrift stores many times to give us what we needed. She was known as the thrift store queen. She had the ability to find designer clothes, with tags still on, for us at bargain prices. She would buy us name brand shoes and get hers at the thrift shop. She was happy, as long as we were happy. She was a free-spirited, kind, and gentle soul. She always had a nickname for every person, such as Sweet Pea, Triscuit, or Brazilian. She was a mom to many, who needed one. Her house was always open. One of her favorite stories to tell was about a young man, who, in the summer, would come in, not say a word, cook himself a party pizza, drink a Coke, and leave saying, ‘I love you, Ms. Miranda.’ She always knew if any of us were lying to her, but was always quick to understand and forgive.
There was hardly ever a time when we didn’t have a funny moment with her. She was always happy and carefree. That’s how she lived her life.”
A life filled with love is Miranda Carrasco’s legacy
A “come and go” visitation will be held Wednesday, March 31, 2021 at 6-8PM at Mullican Little Funeral Home Chapel 754 State Hwy 56 E. Bells, Texas 75414. A Funeral Service will be held on Thursday, April 1, 2021 at New Hope Christian Church Fellowship Denison, Texas at 1:00PM. Due to Covid -19, masks will be required at the visitation and funeral service. Social distancing is requested.
Arrangements are with Mullican-Little Funeral Home, Bells, Texas. An online registry may be signed at www.mullicanlittle.com