Remembering Carol Murr

Carol VanKuiken Murr

Once again, a time of sorrow centers on a caring friendship that many of us will always treasure. Beloved, former Riverside teacher Carol VanKuiken Murr passed away on May 7.

Carol came to Riverside Christian School in the fall of 1972, where she taught 7th and 8th grades.  Not only that, but she displayed her many talents by designing the annual floats for the Breathitt County School Fair and the graduation decorations that transformed our gym into a venue fit for royalty.  Under her direction the student council turned that same gym into a weekend roller skating rink!


Lower Lights

One of the first groups of Lower Lights

One of Carol’s greatest contributions to Riverside was the founding and direction of the Lower Lights, the Christian chorus of Riverside students who performed at school and local churches, as well as touring to neighboring states.  The theme song of the Lower Lights was “The Lighthouse.”  Carol taught many Riverside young people the importance of being lower lights for the lost, as the lower lights in a harbor help guide a ship safely through the harbor to shore.

Victorious Women Retreats

After attending numerous Winsome Women retreats in northern Indiana, Carol and several Riverside women held a Prayer Breakfast at Riverside for women of southeastern Kentucky.  This soon grew into a new retreat called Victorious Women held in Paintsville.  That retreat continues as a weekend for southeastern Kentucky women to gather together for Christian fellowship and spiritual refreshment.

Camp Nathanael

While teaching at Riverside, Carol met Bob Murr, a recently widowed missionary  from Camp Nathanael. When Bob and Carol married in 1987, Carol left Riverside to join Bob at Camp Nathanael.   Together they began two new ministries. They became licensed wildlife rehabilitators and founded a popular outdoor education program.  Subsequently, Carol and Bob received the Kentucky Admiral Award for their contributions to the people and animals of Kentucky.

Carol teaches Riverside students how candles were made in pioneer days.


From the start, Riverside students have enjoyed attending the excellent outdoor education program.  It is available not only for Christian schools and home-schooled children, but for the public schools.

Throughout her life Carol has shown us the steadfast love and faithfulness of God.  She has given us a treasure of precious moments.  Carol was a precious friend and teacher we will always remember.



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