Mariam Sarit Carson

November 7, 1995December 31, 2018
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Mariam (Mari) Sarit Carson came from West Africa and adapted quickly to American culture and language. She joined the Carson family 10 years ago bringing her spirited self with her. She had a passionate yet reasonable opinion on many social issues particularly regarding equality and justice. Her friends enjoyed her liveliness and welcomed her friendship that was forgiving and enduring. Kind, welcoming, big hearted, funny, smart, ambitious, loving, and free spirited are some of the terms friends have used to describe her. Mariam was a 2013 graduate of Ann Arbor Skyline High School where she ran track and cross country, played in the marching band, and was a member of the National Honor Society. Mariam started her studies at University of Michigan as a Bridge student and completed her undergraduate studies at the University of Michigan as a Blavin Scholar and a Global Scholar. She double majored in International Studies and Spanish. A participant in the A2LP – Ann Arbor Languages Partnership – she was honing her teaching and leadership skills to enhance her impact in support of others. She loved working with her students at Pattengill. Mariam was a graduate student at the University of Michigan School of Public Health at the time of her passing. Interested in health behavior and education, Mari focused her efforts on mental health and wellbeing, substance abuse, and violence prevention. This past summer, she participated in an internship in Valencia, Spain, working with refugees. Her dream was to return to Spain someday soon.

Mariam is survived by her parents, Paul L. and Patricia M. Carson; sister, Cari Carson (Matt) Dietz; brother, James Paul (Elena “Lena”) Carson; aunt, Anna Karen Robinette; uncle, K. David (Anne) Carson; nieces, Sydney Rose Dietz, Isabela Raquel Carson and Sophia Gabriel Carson; nephews, Carson James Dietz and Nicolas “Nico” David Carson; cousins, Paul David (Celeste) Robinette, Ross Allen (Jean Marie) Robinette, Andrew David Carson and Geoffrey Matthew Wollerman. She will be greatly missed by her parents, extended family, friends, and cat, Ellie.

A memorial visitation will be held on Friday, January 11, 2019 from 4:00 until 7:00 p.m. at Muehlig Funeral Chapel 403 South Fourth Avenue, Ann Arbor, Michigan 48104. Visitation will continue on Saturday, January 12, 2019 from Noon until the time of service at 1:00 p.m. at Dixboro United Methodist Church, 5221 Church Road, Ann Arbor, Michigan 48105. Inurnment will follow the service at Oak Grove Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the University of Michigan’s Blavin Scholarship and Program, providing students who have experienced time in foster care with comprehensive support in navigating and maximizing their college experience as they pursue a bachelor’s degree at the University of Michigan. More information can be found at: Please share a memory of Mariam at her online guestbook.


  • A Memorial Gathering of Family and Friends Friday, January 11, 2019
  • Memorial Visitation on Saturday 1/12/19 Saturday, January 12, 2019
  • Memorial Service Saturday, January 12, 2019

Mariam Sarit Carson

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Alexjandria Edwards

January 11, 2019

Mari thank you for being a genuine friend, a light in my life, a supportive classmate, a consistent supporter of my music, reminder of the importance in seizing the day, my personal cheerleader and fellow lover of travel and global awareness. We first met in Bridge then our friendship flourished when Esohe you and I participated in Telefund, then our friendship grew closer when you and I had Women’s studies class together and we literally had lunch together after each class, you created the amazing opportunity for me to practice and develop my artistry with Michigan’s Got Talent by ensuring that I had an opportunity to perform, we continued to grow our friendship and mini family as we broadened our horizons in The Global Scholars Program where we really established our family and interests in mediating Global Injustices , we continued and matriculated as Peer Facilitators for the GSP Program, shared fun memories when So So and I shared our apartment in the same building as you during the summer of 2016, through graduation, birthdays, all of our chats in North Quad, seeing me sing on campus, and enjoying Ann Arbor with us are memories that I’ll forever cherish. I know that it was God who led you to Valencia, Spain for your graduate school internship only months before I moved here to pursue my Masters because you were so willing and helpful with my millions of questions. You even took a trip to my school and sent me pictures because I hadn’t even seen it with my own eyes yet. You started your travel blog and inspired me to start my own. Love you always my friend,
Alexjandria Edwards
Valencia, Spain

Esohe Osabuohien

January 11, 2019

The universe has a way of bringing people into your life that ignite your internal fire, while also encouraging you to stop and smell the flowers of life. Mari was one of those people.

I first had the pleasure of meeting Mari through a mutual friend while in the Summer Bridge Scholars Program, and immediately thought that this girl was funny and had the clearest skin I had ever seen. We kept in touch after Bridge, but saw each other less often - Umich's campus had a way of making the people closest to you feel so far away. But, the universe always finds a way of keeping people together whose paths are meant to cross.

I got to spend more time with Mari after our freshman year when we went on the same study abroad trip to Salamanca, Spain. It was here where I got to see Mari truly shine! She was a people person, sharing her light and zeal with whomever she met. She gave off an energy so infectious that you couldn't help but to stop and catch it. If I wanted to stay inside, she would push me to come out and explore... what would often start out as a mission for food or new clothes, usually turned into meeting up with other classmates and new friends. Mari helped people get out of their comfort zone and enjoy being themselves.

However, Mari's charisma didn't end with her ability to meet people, she was also genuinely invested in helping others as well. This was displayed in our Spanish classes that we had together, and in discussions during our time as Global Scholars.

I am so grateful for a friend like Mari. A friend who was compassionate, funny, fierce, stylish, loving, and supportive. A friend whose light shined so brightly and was far spreading that it could never be dimmed. Her presence will always be with us, and for that, I am thankful. Gracias chica <3

Cleopatra Caldwell

January 10, 2019

Mari will truly be missed as a member of the Department of Health Behavior and Health Education at the University of Michigan School of Public Health. She was an inspiration to many with her warm smile and caring personality. The faculty, staff and students of the HBHE department send our deepest sympathy to Mari's family and friends with the hope that your cherished memories of her will bring you inner peace and comfort in the days ahead. She will always be part of HBHE.
Warm regards,
Cleo Caldwell
HBHE Department

Emily Keeler

January 10, 2019

I had the privilege of being matched with Mari through the Blavin Scholars Program. I still remember the moment she walked into the room during the Mentor-Mentee matching process. She and I immediately connected and struck up a conversation about our interests in travel, international education and her goals during her time at the University. Every time I left one of our meetings (usually over coffee at Espresso Royale), I would think to myself that she was going to change the world. She had the kindest heart, most beautiful soul and was an incredibly intelligent young woman. She was someone that truly sparkles in all the ways a person can. My heart breaks for Mari’s family and friends. I am so sorry for your loss.

Javier Amores

January 10, 2019

I had the opportunity to meet Mariam in Salamanca, Spain, when she was studying here. In a short time I could see that she was really beautiful on the outside, but much more on the inside. Always with a smile drawn on her face, she was really friendly, openmind, extroverted, affable, empathic, energetic, intelligent, strong, socially engaged, fighter, determined, and very eager to live. He deserved everything. It is impossible to forget a personality like hers. One of those people who touched the soul, who did not leave you indifferent, who was made to be loved, respected and admired. Good trip Mariam, wherever you are.

Debra Winstead

January 10, 2019

I did Mariams hair from time to time. I did it for her Prom. That was great fun. We always had heart to heart conversations. So Beautiful she was. I was working when I got the News of her passing and could hardly believe it. Such a wonderful young lady. Rest in His arms now. To the family We all loved your African Princess. God bless.

MIriam Connolly

January 9, 2019

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MIriam Connolly

January 9, 2019

Receiving Blavin Stole

Mya Connolly

January 9, 2019

It is with heavy hearts that we say goodbye to our fellow Blavin Scholar, Mari. Mari's warmth, kindness and easy nature comes to mind for many of us as we remember our time with her. Her good energy and light filled the room and made us gravitate to her. We are grateful to have shared time, laughs, good conversation and experiences with her during her four years as a Blavin Scholar.

As Mari's friends and family, we hope you will take some small comfort in the words of the poet Ellen Brenneman, “We can’t know why the lily has so brief a time to bloom in the warmth of sunlight’s kiss upon its face before it folds into its fragrance and bids the world good night to rest its beauty in a gentler place. But we can know that nothing that is loved is ever lost and no one who has touched a heart can really pass away because some beauty lingers on in each memory of which they’ve been a part.” Mari will always be a part of the Blavin Scholars Program and will always hold a place in our hearts.


Miriam Connolly, Director
Blavin Scholars Program

Christa Guest

January 9, 2019

Mari was a classmate of mine from the school of public health. She didn't talk a lot in class, but when she did have something to say it was always worth listening to. She presented herself as a very smart woman. I would often run into her when I was getting coffee at the cafe and she was working there, and we would have a quick conversation about class and things that were happening. There will be an obvious hole in the SPH community without Mari. My prayers are with her and her family.