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Likewise, noting his pride in his daughter, Claire’s father, Kevin Vanhoy, said: “It’s a day to be very proud of your daughter.” Noting that he is the father of four daughters, he said he sees “that they all have passion and potential and see them go through with it and pursue something that they want to do, that ‘ is a good thing as a parent “.
Although this is her first published work, writing is something Claire has been doing since she was 10 years old, said her mother, Dianne Vanhoy. “It’s something she always wanted. I’m not surprised it happened,” she shared of the accomplishment.
Sitting by the table where Claire was busy signing books, her grandmother, Margie Vanhoy, said with a big smile: “I am delighted that her dream is coming true.”
This excitement was also expressed by church friend Renee Lewis in Troutman who shared that she teaches a Bible study at Christ Community Church in Mooresville, where the Kohlers are active members. Bible study is where she got to know Clarie whom she shared.
“Claire always has a lot to add to the group and inspires me,” said Lewis. “I am delighted to read his book. I am super excited for his future. I think she has a lot to share.
Claire had a very strong support system at the party, helping her celebrate and be supportive, including, in addition to her parents and grandmother, Kohler’s children Gabriel and Reese, the sisters of Clarie, Anna Vanhoy, Sara Slagle and Lydia Brown and her mother and stepfather, Bette and Mark Kohler.