Carol E. Ford

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Carol E. Ford, 79, of Tecumseh, Mich., passed away Wednesday, July 17, 2013, at her home. She was born May 9, 1934, in St. Louis, Mo., to Samuel Jackman and Constant (Lamoureux) Embry.

Carol grew up in Springfield, Ill., attending Ursuline Academy. On Sept. 3, 1955, she married John K. Ford at Blessed Sacrament Church in Springfield, Ill.
She famously helped her husband complete his degree while he worked full-time, and she raised six children while following John to Wisconsin, back to Illinois, and finally to Michigan. Carol also worked for Kemper Insurance.

Carol enjoyed reading, quilting, walking, and doing crossword puzzles with her husband.

She is survived by her children, Karen L. Ford, of St. Johns, Ariz., Michael K. Ford, of Lombard, Ill., J. Thomas (Ann Reid) Ford, of Champaign, Ill., Robert W. (Lori) Ford, of Lake Villa, Ill., Kathryn C. (Anthony) Dorey, of Bryant, Ark., and Samuel J. (Kathy) Ford, of Mundelein, Ill.; a brother-in-law, Paul (Jane) Ford, a sister-in-law, Dorothy Ford; a niece, Laura Cawley; and a nephew, David Embry, all of Springfield, Ill. Carol had 14 grandchildren, Katie (Jim Stiles), Nicole, Carolyn, Samantha, Elizabeth, Matthew, John Anthony, Andrew, Hayden, Luke, Zachary, Codie, Kaitlin, and Ben; three great-grandchildren, Ethan, Emily, and Riley, and numerous cousins.

She was preceded in death by her loving husband, John; her parents; and her brother, Jack Embry.

A funeral liturgy was held at 11 a.m. Saturday, July 20, 2013, at St. Elizabeth Catholic Church, Tecumseh, with Fr. Daniel Wheeler as celebrant. Visitation was held July 19, 2013 from 2 to 4 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m. at the Tecumseh Anderson Funeral Home, where a vigil prayer service was held at 7 p.m. Visitation was also held on Saturday from 10 a.m. until 10:45 a.m. at St. Elizabeth’s Church. A family prayer service with Fr. Dan Wheeler presiding was held at 10:45 a.m., followed by the funeral liturgy at 11 a.m. at St. Elizabeth Catholic Church.
Condolences to the family may be sent to Memorial contributions may be made to the Helping Hands at St. Elizabeth Catholic Church or to Hospice of Lenawee. Envelopes will be available at the funeral home and church.

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