OBITUARY

Carolyn Rhoads

April 9, 1943October 8, 2021
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Carolyn Rhoads, age 78, of Livonia, Michigan passed away on Friday, October 8, 2021. Carolyn was born April 9, 1943 in Little Rock Arkansas.

Carolyn is preceded in death by her late husband Gerald E. Lee and the late John T. Rhoads; parents Woodrow and Marjorie Carey; and brothers Woodrow Carey II and Carl Carey.

Carolyn is survived by her two sons Keith (Sheri) Lee and Darrin (Cheryl) Lee; grandchildren Megan (Eric) Danneels, Gerald (Kimberly) Lee, Jeffrey Lee, Kelsi Lee, Mazen Manassra and Khaley Manassra; great grandchildren Kennedy Danneels, Madison Danneels and Brantley Lee; brother John (Patti) Carey; brother-in-law Michael Lee; sister-in-law Rebecca Gray; and many nieces and nephews.

A visitation for Carolyn will be held Friday, October 15, 2021 from 3:00 PM to 9:00 PM at Harry J. Will Funeral Home, 34567 Michigan Ave., Wayne, Mi 48184.

A visitation will occur Saturday, October 16, 2021 at 10:00 AM with a funeral service to follow at 11:00 AM at Cornerstone Baptist Church, 29850 Six Mile Rd., Livonia, MI 48152. The service will be officiated by Pastor Darrin Lee.

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Services

  • Visitation

    Friday, October 15, 2021

  • Funeral In State

    Saturday, October 16, 2021

  • Funeral Service

    Saturday, October 16, 2021

Memories

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Tracy Spiess

October 17, 2021

On behalf of your Harry J. Will Funeral Home family, I am sending our most sincere condolences to the entire family. Love and hugs to you all.

Shane & Michelle Shamie

October 16, 2021

We are very sorry to hear of your loss and your family is in our prayers. I know this is a difficult time but we have to focus on the great news that she is home with the Lord of Lords, the King of Kings!

Theresa Michels

October 13, 2021

I will miss her. I remember babysitting Darrin and Keith on bowling nights. Look at you boys now. Lol I know I will see her and all of my love ones that have gone to heaven. Love you.

Rebecca Gray

October 12, 2021

I have so many wonderful memories, too many to count. Carolyn was and always will be my big sister. She has been in my life since I was 4 years old. Growing up she helped guide me and tried her best to teach me how to act like a young lady. She was always the one I could talk to about anything and never afraid to give it to me straight. I love you Carolyn.💔

Shelia Jaime

October 12, 2021

I will always have a special place in my heart and will never forget how kind and generous Carol was with my family.She was always baking chocolate chip cookies and cheese cake and she made the best..She was the best neighbor you could have.I will cherish the long talks we used to have and all the laughs..What a wonderful , beautiful soul.Your with our Lord Almighty now..until we meet again..Sending Much Love,Shelia

Kelsi Lee

October 11, 2021

I love you so much MomMom ❤

Ashlyn Faulkner-Dasey

October 11, 2021

Mrs Rhoads was one of my favorite Sunday school teachers, she practiced inclusivity and vulnerability. She gave me my first Bible about 15 years ago, and I still treasure that gift. She had a beautiful smile and will be missed. XOXO

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Biography

Carolyn Rhoads was born in Little Rock, Arkansas on April 9, 1943 a twin to her late brother Carl from her late parents Woodrow and Marjorie Carey.

She was preceded in death by her husband Gerald Lee, John Rhoads, Parents Woodrow and Marjorie and brothers Woodrow II and Carl.

Carolyn is survived by her two sons Keith (Sheri) Lee and Darrin (Cheryl) Lee; Grandchildren Megan (Eric) Danneels, Gerald (Kimberly) Lee, Jeffrey Lee, Kelsi Lee, Mazen Manassra and Khaley Manassra; great grandchildren Kennedy Danneels, Madison Danneels, and Brantley Lee; brother John (Patti) Carey; brother-in-law Michael Lee; sister-in-law Rebecca Gray; and many nieces and nephews.

It was February, 1961 Carolyn married the love of her life Gerald Lee. The were married in Detroit and members of Berry Memorial Baptist Church which later relocated in Taylor, MI. Together, they had two children, Keith and Darrin.

Carolyn was a single mother in the 1970's and worked at Farmer Jack as a Head Cashier for some 30 plus years. She worked hard to provide for her boys and taught them a good work ethic.

in 1980, Carolyn started dating John Rhoads and the married in 1981 until John's death in 2012. The two of them enjoyed family life with Keith marrying Sherri November 19683 and having three children, Megan, Jerry and Jeffery. Darrin married Cheryl June of 1984 and they had one child Kelsi. God blessed more by providing Carolyn the pleasure of enjoying her great grandchildren Kennedy, Madison and Brantley.

Carolyn's life was centered around her two boys and she was a proud mother. The next chapter of pride came with the grandkids, each one believing they were "Mom Mom's" favorite, when she actually loved them all equally. She claimed Mazen and Khaley as her grandkids as well.

Carolyn was a charter member of Cornerstone Baptist Church of Livonia. She served the Lord in different capacities beginning with using her skills as treasurer. She also enjoyed teaching Sunday school to children. One of her greatest attributes she shared even the last time she spoke to Darrin was prayer. Our mother's prayer was that all her family would know the Lore Jesus Christ who had always been with her since she accepted Him as Lord and Savior at the young age of 9. It was 1998 when Carolyn joined Frist Baptist of Canton and was Baptized by Pastor Haselhuhn. She would love God and His Word even more.

She loved God and the moment she was absent from her body, she was reunited in Heaven with her saved loved ones, but, most importantly, she was united and met face to face her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.




6 Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the father, but by me. - John 14:6 (KJV)



Life is but a stopping place, A pause of what's to be,
A resting place along the road, to sweet eternity.
We all have different journeys.
Different paths along the way.
We all were meant to learn some things, but never meant to stay...
Our destination is a place, far greater than we know.



8 We are confident, I say, and willing rather to be absent from the body, and to be present with the Lord. - 2 Corinthians 5:8 (KJV)