Carolyn Jeanne Canady

July 25, 1936December 17, 2018
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Carolyn Jeanne Canady of Taylor, Michigan, was born to Harry and Margeabelle Meltzer on July 25, 1936 in Pittsfield, Illinois. She was one of 9 children. Carolyn passed away peacefully, in Wyandotte, Michigan, on Monday December 17, 2018 at the age of 82.

Carolyn was the beloved wife of the late Leonard, who has been waiting for her in Heaven since 2003 after 47 happy years of marriage. Carolyn was the beloved mother of Linda (David) Spurgess, Rhonda (Randy) Howe, Karen (David) Dyda, Brenda (James) Plohg, and Jenifer (Jeff M.) Canady. Loving granny of David S. (Shelly) Spurgess II, Nathan A. (Holly) Spurgess, Randy P. (Jessi) Howe, David E. (Melinda) Howe, Christy Ann (Steven) McKinzie, David A. (Stacey) Dyda II, Karissa Jeanne Dyda, Jason Alan (Tara Cason) Shelton, Stephanie Lynn (Rob) Gepes, Michael R. Canady, and Joshua P. Canady. Carolyn also leaves behind 19 great-grandchildren (and one on the way): Brooklyn, Skylar, Clara Jo, Ava Jo, Wyatt, Jacob, Luke, Andrew, Aliva, Justin, Hendrix, Jayden, Emily, Mikalah, Haley, Abigail, Dain, Deja, and Brelynn. Dear sister of the late Marilyn Radford, Beatrice "Bea" Johnson, Sharon McCauley, the late Donna Guinion, the late David Meltzer, the late Betty Miller, Gerald "Jerry" Meltzer and Dennis Meltzer.

She will also be missed by her loyal companion "Subway" the cat

Carolyn was born in a large family and raised her own large family. She adored being surrounded by children and even took on the responsibility of caring for her nieces and nephews. Most evenings she cared for at least 10 children at a time, making sure a nightly bath was part of the routine for all 10 children. Carolyn was clever and creative with the discipline; For example, she would pin actual tails on the children that would be “tattle tails”, and any children that would argue, would be made to walk and hold hands until they got along. When Carolyn did work outside the home, she was still surrounded by children. She was the “Lunch-lady” at Truman Junior High and High Schools. However, she also loved to work the election days at the voting booth stations. Carolyn was a strong Christian woman who was known as the peace-maker. Her many son-in-laws describe her as a good mother-in-law to have. She was famous for her blackberry cobbler and cornbread. She really enjoyed canning green beans, corn and beets. Carolyn was a huge Detroit Pistons fan and wrote down every score of every game she watched. She was also a music lover and could be found listening to everything from country music to her beloved Kid Rock who she loved because he was from Detroit where she was raised. Although, Carolyn’s passion was her family. She simply loved being a wife, mom, granny, great-granny and surrogate mom to all the children that adored her. Carolyn had a gentle heart and a kind soul, she will be deeply missed by everyone who knew her.

Carolyn's family will receive friends for a visitation on Thursday, December 20, 2018 from 2:00 PM to 9:00 PM at Harry J. Will Funeral Home, 25450 Plymouth Road, Redford Township, Michigan 48239. There will be an opportunity to share memories at 7:00 PM.

The funeral service will begin at 11:00 AM on Friday, December 21, 2018 at Harry J. Will Funeral Home. Visiting will begin at 10:00 AM. The funeral service will be led by Donnie Phillips, an Elder and Youth Minister of Gateway Church of Christ in Southgate.

Carolyn will be laid to rest with her husband Leonard in Michigan Memorial Park Cemetery, Flat Rock, Michigan. Serving as pallbearers are Rhonda Howe, Randy Howe, Randy P. Howe, David Howe, David S. Spurgess II, Nathan S. Spurgess, David S. Spurgess and David A. Dyda II.

Contributions in Carolyn's memory may be made to Scleroderma Foundation, 23999 Telegraph Road, Southfield, Michigan 48033.

Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared in the guest book for the Canady family. Please click on "Share a Memory"


  • The late Leonard Canady, Husband
  • Linda (her husband David) Spurgess, Daughter
  • Rhonda (her husband Randy) Howe, Daughter
  • Karen (her huband David) Dyda, Daughter
  • Brenda (her husband James) Plohg, Daughter
  • Jenifer (Jeff M.) Canady, Daughter
  • David S. (his wife Shelly) Spurgess II, Grandson
  • Nathan A. (his wife Holly) Spurgess, Grandson
  • Randy P. (his wife Jessi) Howe, Grandson
  • David E. (his wife Melinda) Howe, Grandson
  • Christy Ann (her husband Steven) McKinzie, Granddaughter
  • David A. (his wife Stacey) Dyda II, Grandson
  • Karissa Jeanne Dyda, Granddaughter
  • Jason Alan (Tara Cason) Shelton, Grandson
  • Stephanie Lynn (her husband Rob) Gepes, Granddaughter
  • Michael R. Canady, Grandson
  • Joshua P. Canady, Grandson
  • The late Marilyn Radford, Sister
  • Beatrice "Bea" Johnson, Sister
  • Sharon McCauley, Sister
  • The late Donna Guinion, Sister
  • The late David Meltzer, Brother
  • The late Betty Miller, Sister
  • Gerald "Jerry" Meltzer, Brother
  • Dennis Meltzer, Brother
  • Carolyn also leaves behind 19 great-grandchildren (and one on the way):
    Brooklyn, Skylar, Clara Jo, Ava Jo, Wyatt, Jacob, Luke, Andrew, Aliva, Justin, Hendrix, Jayden, Emily, Mikalah, Haley, Abigail, Dain, Deja, and Brelynn.
    She will also be missed by her loyal companion "Subway" the cat.

  • Rhonda Howe, Daughter
  • Randy Howe, Son-In-Law
  • David S. Spurgess, Son-In-Law
  • Randy P. Howe, Grandson
  • David Howe, Grandson
  • David S. Spurgess II, Grandson
  • Nathan S. Spurgess, Grandson
  • David A. Dyda II, Grandson


  • Visitation Thursday, December 20, 2018
  • Open Eulogies by Family and Friends Thursday, December 20, 2018
  • Visitation Friday, December 21, 2018
  • Funeral Service Friday, December 21, 2018
  • Committal Service Friday, December 21, 2018

Carolyn Jeanne Canady

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Brenda K Canady

January 13, 2019

Here are a few of my mom's friends from Rivergate Rosemary Dorothy and Lucille

Christine Hodge

December 21, 2018

I am so glad I got to meet Carolyn .. She was a blessing to me in our short time as friends ..she will be missed .. She is at peace with the Lord ...

Margaret Brown RN, BSN

December 20, 2018

It was my honor and privilege to meet and care for Carolyn the last three days of her life as she prepared to return to her Heavenly Home. This special experience reminded me why I wanted to be a nurse to begin with. Having been a nurse now for 40 years I have never met another who was so sweet and loving. What a joy it is to care for God's special angels here on earth! I am thankful that she has returned to Heaven and is now healthy and whole. I am especially thankful that a loving Heavenly Father makes it possible to have eternal families and that one day I will see her again when it is my time to leave this earth. It was also a choice experience to meet two of her daughters, Lin and Rhonda who lovingly cared for her along with me. My heart goes out to her family who I know will miss her dearly. I also will miss her and am so thankful I was allowed to meet and care for her and learn from her great example.

Peggy May

December 19, 2018

My condolences to the family. I remember when we lived next door to your family. Carolyn was always there to help me as a new mom.