OBITUARY

Nancy Carroll

May 11, 1955November 17, 2021
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Nancy Carroll, age 66 of West Olive, passed away on November 17, 2021 after a brief illness. A perfect day for Nancy would involve her being outside, walking through the woods with her husband and her beloved German Shepard, Shadow by her side. Born with a creative streak, Nancy was a talented painter, and her artwork adorned the walls of the people she loved. She was also crafty, and had a entire room in her home dedicated to her passions. She was no stranger to hard work, and served as a Gauge Technician at Shape Corp for many years until her retirement. A beloved wife, mother, grandmother, and friend, we will all miss her dearly. She was preceded in death by her parents Otis and Minnie Barlow, and her brother Larry Barlow. She is survived by her husband of nearly 49 years, Vernon; Children: Misty and Shane Davis and their children Colton and Gabe; Dusty Carroll and Abby Rogers; Paul and Amy Carroll, and their children Caitlyn, Kelsey, and Havi; Many beloved extended family and friends. A celebration of Nancy's life will be on Tuesday, November 23, 2021 at 2:00pm at Lakeshore Memorial Services. The family will greet visitors an hour prior to services.

Services

  • Visitation

    Tuesday, November 23, 2021

  • Celebration of Life

    Tuesday, November 23, 2021

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Joshua McPherson

November 25, 2021

I worked with Nancy for years at Shape in Grand Haven. She was my favorite person to slip away and talk to. We had many conversations about faith and God, and how her husband and children were doing. She loved her family so much and always spoke so highly of them.

I was always impressed with her art talent as well and recently bought a piece of her own artwork from her. I'm so glad I did.

I've never met a more grounded person who, even in her own times of frustration, was so even keeled, and I'll never forget her laugh.

She was truly one of a kind.

(Photo was of me next to Nancy on my last day at Shape.)

Kristi Ruff

November 20, 2021

I remember being brought to the trailer both Vern and Nancy lived in in Saugatuck. I think there was red? carpet in it and you had to actually get on your hands and knees with the vacuum hose to clean the carpet. I also remember how you had painted the ceilings like a sky scene. You painted clouds making them look like a sunny day. I thought then, that you were a great painter. You have carried that talent into your golden years.
You are free now to fly the skies that you painted.
Rest in peace, Nancy. You will be missed by family and friends.
Kristi Ruff and family.

Kathi Lee

November 20, 2021

When I think of Nancy Carroll, so many things come to mind. First is what a wonderful mother and wife she has always been. Secondly what a great friend. I feel very lucky to have had her as a close friend for 40 plus years. Thanks to email even though we were separated by distance much of the time we touched in with each other often and shared thoughts and ideas and plans. We shared everything, she was a wonderful listener and comforter when needed, and also snarky and hilarious much of the time. We all need someone like that in our lives. Someone who gets the joke in the comment and dryly sends one right back at you causing great unrestrained laughter.
Nancy had a way of seeing the beauty in things. A walk out in the forest with her was like going to an art gallery as she would see beauty in the twist of a tree trunk or the shape of a particular rock or the colors of the plants. I think she was always thinking about the next piece of art that she would work on and how she would use these inspirations from nature in her own creations. She was always looking for new ideas and inspirations and then something unique and beautiful would appear from her hands.
Recently I asked her if she had done much wire twisting on jewelry. It was only a couple of days before I started to get email photos of these really nice wire twisted stone pendents that she had made. So of course I had to try too and I found that it was so much harder than she made it look. I sent her a picture of my poor stone in a tangled knot of wire. She said it was beautiful and that I’d get the hang of it. I was planning to send her all of my silver wire. I was never going to get the hang of that. She could see and recreate anything that she put her mind too, and do it well. So talented and yet so humble about it at the same time.
I will remember her always, especially when I take a walk in the woods and see something beautiful. I will miss her greatly and love her forever.

Terry and Joan Dougan

November 20, 2021

Sympathies to you Paul and Amy and family as you lay to rest your mother and grandmother. She sounds like she was a talented woman! Treasure your memories. ❤️

Gayle Davis

November 19, 2021

I never got to meet Nancy personally but was one of her secret admirers. She was a beautiful artist. I would look at her drawings and paintings and wish I was only so talented. Her talent was a hidden jewel. Rest in Piece Nancy.

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