Carol cherished the long lasting friendships she maintained, and would want her friends to know that she is holding their hands in heaven, just as they held hers in the final weeks. Carol enjoyed camping, mushroom hunting, playing cards, fishing, and advocating for those with special needs.
Family and friends were her greatest joy and motivation for continuing her fight. Carol, affectionately called “Memaw” or “Great” by her grandchildren, loved to brag about her family. Carol enjoyed being an entrepreneur, and treasured her work with Judge Mathis.
She is survived by her step-mother Jean LaFountain; devoted husband Patrick Miller; loving daughters, Denice (Tim) Pekel, Amelia Rohrbacher, Jody (Ken Teague) Campbell, and Martha (Mark) Lull; precious grandchildren, Nathan (Cassie) Carpenter, Amanda Carpenter, Tony Carpenter, Samantha O’Brien, LeeAnna Pekel, Mitchell (Kaylie) Smith, Sierra Lull, Hannah Lull, Zachary Lull; and her pride and joy, great-grandson Julian Carpenter; brother David (Kathy) LaFountain, and sisters Rosemary (Dave) Mercer, Gilma Opperman, Rhonda (Bob Miller) Grey, Kathy (Mark) DeBruyne, Roxanne Hammond, and Shelly Keech.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Owen LaFountain and Carolyn (Ron) Keech; parents-in-law Earl Miller, and Barbara Miller; sister Robin Henry, and brother Johnny Bingner.
A celebration of life will take place at 2 p.m. Sunday, May 3, at the VFW Hall, 735 S. Main St., Wayland.
To honor Carol, in lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to Hastings City Bank to help with medical expenses. All remaining donations will be donated to Wings of Hope Hospice in Allegan. Carol loved Harley Davidson motorcycles, as a final tribute to her please ride them to the celebration.