Carrol Hanner, a life-long resident of Michigan, 82, passed away peacefully on Sunday, October 27, 2019. She was born on January 8, 1937, to Harriet Dickerson Brace Bowes and Orval Brace. Her father passed away at age 5; she was the youngest of four children, and then two younger half-sisters whose father was Robert Bowes.
Carrol was a daughter, wife, mother, aunt, grandmother, great-grandmother, co-worker and friend. Throughout her life, these roles in her life brought her the most joy. Carrol married her high school sweetheart, Lowell Ranshaw and they had three girls: Gail, Pam, and Teresa during the 1950s. She lived in Bell Oak, Charlotte, Holt and then Mason. Carrol worked at Sears with Evelyn Dow who became her best friend. In 1973 she married Jerry Hanner and together they built a very happy and loving life for 42 years. Carrol liked funny movies, joke books, Judge Judy and anything else that would make her laugh. She spent the summer working in her flower gardens and driving her riding lawn mower well into her 70s. Carrol liked shopping at the junk stores and the dollar stores. She also really, really liked going to the Casino. Unlike others, she won a 2017 Cadillac as well as multiple jackpots over the years!
Carrol grew up playing with her brothers and sisters and cousins on News Road located off Lansing Road near the old Don’s Windmill Truck Stop that is still there. In those days, kids scurried off to play baseball or marbles or any other game they could make from sticks and stones, old clothes, or brooms-turned-ponies. Carrol’s brother Dick taught his youngest sister to never back down from bullies or scuffles and to hold her ground around the kids in the neighborhood and at school. She did just that, Carrol was brave and ready…for life. They swam and jumped off bridges at the Grand River in Dimondale and the Billwood gravel pits. Her brother also taught her how to wiggle her ears. She just recently showed off her skills in a video! While in high school, she rode the bus to and from her first job at Neisner Dime Store in downtown Lansing near the Gladmer Theater. Throughout her adult life she and her sister Lois visited often while their children played together. She loved to laugh. One of her fond memories was the trip to California in 2016 with her brother Bob, to see her older sister Lois. Bob teased Carrol about all the zippers she had with the many compartments of her purse. He had a miniature notepad in his shirt pocket where he noted any infractions she made during their journey. It was fun.
Carrol was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Jerry, her youngest daughter Teresa, her grandsons James Ranshaw and infant Evin McCabe, her brother Lewis “Dick” Brace, half-sister Rhonda Bowes, in-laws Eugene Bailey, Dennis Hanner and Phyllis Brace as well as her best friend Evelyn Dow.
She is survived by her daughters: Gail (Mary Sanchez) Ranshaw and Pam (Doug) Johnson; grandchildren: Troy (Corrina) Huddelson, Jamie (Mark) Davis, and Lawrence Zamarron; great-grandchildren: Dylan Ranshaw, Hunter Davis, Alexandra Davis and Landon Davis; her sister: Lois Bailey; brother: Bob Brace; half-sister: Linda Cottenham; and her in-laws: Pat Brace, Della and Bernard Truman, Mona Hanner, Vicki Brewington, Carol and Bill Rasmussen. She and her husband Jerry were often visited by Jesse and Sherrie’s children: Lucas, Zoe and Kylie.
Her life was made full by time spent with her family and a few others she spent many hours with: Shelby, MaryJo, Jeanne, Sue, and Irene. Carrol’s laughter, love and wit will be missed; heaven has gained a kind soul.
A memorial service will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, November 2, 2019, at the Estes-Leadley Holt/Delhi Chapel. Inurnment will follow in Maple Ridge Cemetery, Holt. Her family will receive relatives and friends beginning at 9:00 a.m. on Saturday at the funeral home.