Valencia McKinney, 22, a senior in engineering management at Missouri University of Science and Technology, and Marquia Lewis, 23, a May 2016 Missouri S&T computer science graduate, were killed in a traffic accident on Friday, Sept. 16. Both women were from St. Louis.
The accident occurred at 7:55 p.m. on U.S. Highway 63 near the intersection of Missouri Highway 28 in Maries County. The Missouri State Highway Patrol, the Maries County Sheriff, the Belle Fire Department and the Vichy Fire Department responded to the scene.
Members of Missouri S&T’s counseling staff are available to provide counseling services for students, faculty and staff affected by the death. Students who wish to seek counseling services may contact the office of counseling, disability support and student wellness at 204 Norwood Hall on campus or by emailing email@example.com. After-hours counseling is available by calling 573-341-4300.
Dang. Rest well Ladies.
)For all of us who mourn the Loss of Marquia Lewis & Valencia McKinney)
When tomorrow starts without me,
And I’m not there to see,
If the sun should rise and find your eyes
All filled with tears for me;
I wish so much you wouldn’t cry
The way you did today,
While thinking of the many things,
We didn’t get to say.
I know how much you love me,
As much as I love you,
And each time that you think of me,
I know you’ll miss me too;
But when tomorrow starts without me,
Please try to understand,
That an angel came and called my name,
And took me by the hand,
And said my place was ready,
In heaven far above,
And that I’d have to leave behind
All those I dearly love.
But as I turned to walk away,
A tear fell from my eye
For all my life, I’d always thought,
I didn’t want to die.
I had so much to live for,
So much left yet to do,
It almost seemed impossible
That I was leaving you.
I thought of all the yesterdays,
The good ones and the bad,
I thought of all the love we shared,
And all the fun we had.
If I could relive yesterday,
Just even for a while,
I’d say good-bye and kiss you
And maybe see you smile.
But then I fully realized,
That this could never be,
For emptiness and memories,
Would take the place of me.
And when I thought of worldly things,
I might miss come tomorrow,
I thought of you, and when I did,
My heart was filled with sorrow.
But when I walked through heaven’s gates,
I felt so much at home.
When God looked down and smiled at me,
From His great golden throne,
He said, “This is eternity,
And all I’ve promised you.
Today your life on earth is past,
But here life starts anew.
I promise no tomorrow,
But today will always last,
And since each day’s the same way
There’s no longing for the past.
You have been so faithful,
So trusting and so true.
Though there were times you did some things
You knew you shouldn’t do.
But you have been forgiven
And now at last you’re free.
So won’t you come and take my hand
And share my life with me?”
So when tomorrow starts without me,
Don’t think we’re far apart,
For every time you think of me,
I’m right here, in your heart.
OMG….sooo beautiful!!! Father knows best…..we don’t always understand His ways but we trust that He never makes a mistake.
Rest in peace ladies.
This poem is beautiful. I’ve known Valencia since her and my daughter attended elementary school. Ot was my pleasure to watch he grow into the amazing, talented, and beautiful young lady she had become. I hope she is now so singing and dancing in Heaven. Rest in peace Valencia and Marquia. . .you will be missed and live forever in our hearts!!!
My condolences to the family of both young ladies…I knew Valencia and she was a very smart and beautiful young lady may she rest in peace…she will be truly missed ….
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