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Carolyn A. Allard

November 21, 1935 ~ January 26, 2024 (age 88) 88 Years Old

Carolyn Allard Obituary

Carolyn A. Allard, 88, of Lake City, MI passed away peacefully on January 26, 2024. She was born on November 21, 1935, in Boston, MA, and raised in Brentwood, NH, daughter of William and Gladys McCoy.

Carolyn graduated from the University of New Hampshire in 1957 with a Bachelor’s degree in education. She taught for several years as an elementary school teacher before becoming a mother and choosing to stay at home to raise her children. She also did substitute teaching and worked in the office at the  Arlington Elevator for many years. In 1991 Carolyn received her Master’s degree from Bowling Green State University, where she was an Adult Student Advisor at the University of Findlay until she retired.

For Carolyn, teaching was a natural thing to do. She started a Blue Bird Club and Camp Fire Girls Club and was the leader of these groups; she was a soft ball coach; she and her husband, Leon, were both 4-H advisors of the Lye Creek 4-H Club.

Carolyn was a volunteer and Board Member at CHOPIN Hall where she assisted underprivileged people. She was a lay reader in the Episcopal Church. Carolyn volunteered as a tutor for first graders in reading and math. She also traveled the world with her lifelong friend, Nancy Hobbs.

She is survived by her loving, devoted husband of 66 years, Leon Allard, daughters, Debra McGarry and Karen (Dan) Baker, son, William Allard, brothers, Harold (Lois) McCoy, William (Cindy) McCoy, and Paul McCoy, grandchildren, Kylie (Blake) Garver and Dylan Allard, seven great-grandchildren, and seven nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents, Carolyn was preceded in death by her grandchildren, Amanda McGarry Taralla, and Joshua  McGarry.

A private memorial service will be held at the convenience of the family.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Multiple Sclerosis Foundation, 29777 Telegraph Road, #1651, Southfield, MI 48034.

Special thanks and appreciation to everyone at Autumnwood of McBain and Munson Hospice for giving our wife and mother such extraordinary love and care.

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