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In Memoriam

Carol Barnard (Ridenour) - Class Of 1959 VIEW PROFILE

Carol Barnard (Ridenour)

Carol Lou Ridenour class of 1959, aged 83, born on November 15, 1940, in Okemos, Michigan to the late Harvey Eugene and Maxine Barnard, passed away peacefully on March 23, 2024, at McLaren in Lansing. She was a cherished mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, sister, and aunt, revered for her courage and thoughtfulness throughout her life.

Carol grew up in Okemos, Michigan, where she graduated from high school. Her first job was receptionist and telephone operator for Okemos High School; she became a certified Nurses Aide and worked a few years in a nursing home. She was a constant presence in her family's life, standing as a pillar of support and love alongside her beloved husband, the late Robert "Bob" Ridenour, who predeceased her in 2017; they married on March 24, 1962 in Lansing. Together, they were a dynamic duo known for their devotion to each other, their family, and their business ventures.

Over the years, Carol played an integral role in the running of Ridenours Auto Repair and Towing. Her commitment to her work was coupled with an equal commitment to her family, leaving an indelible mark on the lives of her children and grandchildren.urviving her are sons Rick (Lisa) Ridenour of Perry, David Ridenour of Haslett; six grandchildren, Kodey, Brandie (Justin), Shawna (Joe), Taylor (Nick), Sheyenne, and Chase; and great-grandchildren, Mabel, Emmett, Hunter, Carson, and Dawson, who will forever treasure the wealth of memories and lessons that their matriarch passed on. Carol is also survived by her brother Ken Barnard. She joins in eternal rest her departed sister Jean Marie, and brothers Douglas and Richard, with the assurance that her legacy will live on through her descendants.

Known fondly as the "cookie lady" to everyone, Carol's love for baking and sharing her treats became a signature of her nurturing soul. Her passion for family was clear to all; the pictures and videos of her grand and great-grandchildren were a source of joy and comfort for her, especially during her treatments.

Carol's interests extended to the realm of puzzles, a pastime she greatly enjoyed and excelled at. She was an ardent supporter of the family's racing career, always following their achievements with pride. Her adventurous spirit shone through the maps she kept, on which she marked the many places she and other's traveled to.

An avid birdwatcher, she found solace and joy in nature; Bluebird, her favorite bird, and yellow roses, her favorite flower, could always bring a smile to her face. Carol's practice of writing down everything in meticulous detail was testament both to her desire to capture life's fleeting moments and to her readiness for any circumstance, with pen and paper always at the ready.

Carol lived a life graced with courage and imbued with thoughtfulness-a truly remarkable woman who will be remembered for her generous heart, strong will, and the unconditional love she had for her family.

Funeral service will be held on Wednesday, March 27, 2024 at 12:00pm at Watkins Brothers Funeral Homes, Perry Chapel. 214 S. Main St. Perry. Pastor John Walworth will celebrate and burial will follow in Chapel Hill Cemetery. The family will receive friends on Tuesday from 2:00-4:00pm & 6:00-8:00pm.

Memorial donations in Carols name are suggested to the Perry Congregational Church or the family. Condolences, pictures, and memories, can be shared at WatkinsFuneralhomes.com

Our thanks to Joe Dzenowagis class of 1973 for notification.


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