She will be buried in her wedding dress.
Carissa Poppe, 21, of Hastings, Neb., was killed Tuesday when her vehicle rolled on a South Dakota highway.
Her wedding gown and veil arrived in the mail a day later.
Nearly a year ago she accepted a marriage proposal from Kyle Finecy, 24, of Hastings. The wedding was scheduled for July 14.
“He's the best thing that ever happened to her,” said Carissa's mother, Cammie Poppe.
Last year Carissa officially joined the family business and obtained her pest control technician license. She worked and traveled alongside her father, Greg Poppe, and sister, Marsha Poppe-Rosch of Hastings.
Carissa was traveling to meet her father in South Dakota when she lost control of her 2009 Ford F-250 pickup on Highway 44, the Highway Patrol said.
The pickup crossed from the south ditch into the north ditch and rolled. She was pronounced dead at Community Memorial Hospital in Burke, S.D. She was using a seat belt.
Carissa Poppe graduated from Hastings High School in 2009. She had friends across the country and as far away as Germany, where she had visited during her senior year. She left lasting impressions with everyone she met, her mother said.
“Carissa cared about everybody,” Cammie Poppe said. “There was something about Carissa that just sucked you in.”
Her interests included cooking, baking, animals and writing poetry.
Survivors aside from her parents and sister Poppe-Rosch include sisters Molly Meers of Blair, Neb., Mikaela Krueger of Hastings and Courtney Poppe-Weber of Lincoln; grandparents Verlin and Jean Paul of Hastings, Norman and LaVila Poppe of Chester, Neb., and Elvin Steier of Henderson, Neb.; and many nieces and nephews.
Services will be at 2 p.m. today at Christ Lutheran Church in Juniata, Neb. Burial will be in Parkview Cemetery in Hastings.
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