Smith, Carol

Written by David Green.

Carol Jean Smith, 71, of Morenci, Mich., died Oct. 6, 2011.

She was born Feb. 17, 1940, in Morenci, to Donald Franklin and Betty Lou (Gleason) McCaskey. She was a 1957 graduate of Morenci High School and also graduated from Stautzenber Business College. On Sept. 27, 1959, she married Arnold Smith in Morenci and he survives.

Carol was employed by the Dunbar Borton and Industrial Mill. She  was later hired to work at Morenci High School, where she was employed for 31 years until her retirement in June 2005. Being involved in the school system, Carol touched the lives of many young people as well as the  community of Morenci. She was known as a compassionate and caring woman.  She was a supportive and loving wife, mother and doting grandmother. Whether it was a phone call, a batch of fresh cookies or a quick casserole, she was always willing to help.

Carol was a member of the Sand Creek Community Church.

In addition to her husband, she is survived by two daughters, Laurie (and Ronald) Williams of Sand Creek, Karen Hallett of Adrian; and a surrogate daughter, Kelly VanHaerents of Morenci; three brothers, Charles (and Grace) McCaskey of Morenci, George (and Patricia) McCaskey of Morenci and Roger (and Jeanne) McCaskey of Osseo, Mich.; one sister, Connie Vinton (and Vernon Harper) of Tecumseh, Mich.; five grandchildren, Kassandra Gray, Andrew Roddy,  Brandon Williams, Lauren Hallett and Cole Hallett; one great-grandson, Logan Gray.  She was preceded in death by her parents and her step-father, George Whitburn.

Funeral services are planned at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 12, at Anderson Funeral Home, Adrian, with Reverend William VanValkenburg officiating.  Burial will be in Oak Grove Cemetery, Morenci. Visitation is scheduled from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Monday and Tuesday at the Anderson Funeral Home, Adrian.  

Memorial contributions are suggested to the Sand Creek Community Church or to the Morenci Area Schools where a scholarship fund will be given in her name and memory.

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