Mrs. Carolyn Green, age 88, left us on Sunday November 16th, 2014 surrounded by her adoring family after a short but valiant battle with cancer. Carolyn grew up in Ensley Center, Michigan, in the loving care of her parents who were dairy farmers. Carolyn was valedictorian of the 1944 class of Sand Lake High School. Upon graduation, she moved to Cedar Springs to live with Dr. and Ruth Branyan where she worked as a receptionist and practical nurse. She met her late husband, Tom Green, at a Bingo stand on Farmer’s Day in Cedar Springs. After a short courtship they were engaged on Christmas day, 1946, and were married on March 2nd, 1947. For several years, side by side, they owned and operated The Rockford Body Shop in Rockford, Michigan. Carolyn was an extraordinary seamstress, making matching dresses for her girls, prom dresses, wedding dresses, and everything in between. One of her favorite past times was playing penny slots at the casino. Their most enjoyable activity was camping with their grandchildren and spending time at Lincoln Lake. Tom and Carolyn enjoyed traveling together, often visiting their grandchildren wherever they went. Carolyn’s priority and joy in life was taking care of her family, putting their needs above all else. She was an example of unconditional love to all she met. Carolyn was preceded in death by her parents, Glenn and Lillian Gillette, her brother Roger Gillette, and her beloved husband, Tom Green. Carolyn is survived by her children, Patricia and Phil Cranney of Morley, Holly and Jack Frey of Sand Lake, and Sherry Williams of Grandville; her “daughter” Penny Harvey; five grandchildren, Chad Cranney and Nicole Mason, Dirk and Nicole Cranney, Nicole and Mark Robinson, Tom and Krista Frey, and Wade and Elizabeth Green; nine great-grandchildren, Katelynn, Brooke, Sophia, Gage, Erika, Lane, Luke, Ethan, and Alexandria; and her great-great-grandsons, Ronan and Damian; brother, Ralph Gillette; nieces and nephews; and honorary granddaughters, Taylor and Allison. A funeral service for Mrs. Green will be Thursday, November 20, 2014 at 2:00pm at the Pederson Funeral Home, 127 N. Monroe Street in Rockford with Fr. John Kirkman officiating. Relatives and friends met with the family at the funeral home on Wednesday, November 19, 2014 from 2-4 and 6-8pm. Interment will take place in Elmwood Cemetery in Cedar Springs. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be given to the Humane Society of West Michigan, 3077 Wilson NW, Walker, MI 49544.
Arrangements by Pederson Funeral Home, Rockford