Carol Packard passed away peacefully at home on January 3rd, 2021. She was holding Gregg's hand, her husband of 54 years.
Although the effects of Parkinson's Disease and related dementia slowly took away her ability to needlework and garden she remained happy and optimistic, loved life, her family and friends and was proud of her accomplishments.
Carol was a dedicated elementary school teacher for over twenty years. She is remembered for remarkable skill at helping students grasp new concepts and for her tremendous empathy; meeting students where they were with their unique life experiences and bringing out their best. She not only taught lessons but intentionally instilled social conscience by involving students in projects such as collections for animals damaged by oil spills and hand making blankets for donation. Her classroom was an exciting laboratory full of books, art and a variety of critters including Leader Dog puppies that she and Gregg fostered. Also a well loved tarantula named Mr. Mistoffelees. Carol's friends and colleagues often comment about her calm and steady personality that made her a natural leader, formal and informal, and priceless mentor to other educators. Her lessons will continue to be learned for generations.
Carol was also the emotional center of her family. The oldest of four she developed wonderful skills early on particularly with the raising of her baby sister Holly who was born with Down's Syndrome. She was a patient and deeply loving mother, daughter, sister, grandmother and wife.
We have physically lost Carol. She won't cook another dinner, pull another weed or tighten another stitch but the marks she made will continue to make the world a more beautiful place.
Carol was greeted in the next world by her parents George and Elizabeth, her sister Holly and a great menagerie of dogs, cats, rodents and reptiles. She is survived by her siblings Skip and Susie, children Lynn and Charlie, grandchildren Zosia and Renia and by her husband of 54 years, Gregg.
A service will be held in the spring at First Presbyterian Church of Plymouth, details to be arranged. If you wish to honor Carol by making a memorial gift please consider P.E.O, https://www.peomichigan.org, a sisterhood dedicated to advancing education opportunities for women or to your favorite animal related charity.