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Carolyn J. Handy
(August 11, 1947 - September 2, 2013)

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Carolyn J. (Peterson) Handy, age 66, of Dryden, Michigan, passed away Monday, September 2, 2013 at Genesys Medical Center in Grand Blanc, Michigan. Carolyn Jean Schafer was born August 11, 1947 in Saginaw. She was the daughter of Abram and Phyllis Schafer. Carolyn grew up in Mayville, MI. She was a graduate of Mayville High School, class of 1965. She earned her Bachelor of Elementary Education from Michigan State University in 1970. Carolyn was a long time Lapeer resident. She taught Kindergarten in Lapeer for a few years. Carolyn sold real estate in the Lapeer area for a few years with Country Squire Century 21. Carolyn went back to school and graduated from M.S.U. in 1994 with a Masters Degree in Special Education of the Visually Impaired. Carolyn taught in Oakland County Schools - Special Education for the Visually and Mobility Impaired. Carolyn married Rodney N. Handy on September 24, 2005 in Dryden. Carolyn was a member of the Dryden United Methodist Church (she was a church organist there); and she was a former member of the Imlay City Lions Club. Carolyn is survived by her husband: Rodney of Dryden; her children: Brent (& Michelle) Peterson of Keller, Texas and Ashlee Peterson Trotter of Des Plaines, Illinois; step-children: Sandra (& Keith) Brinkman of Tallahassee, FLA, Jennifer (& Kirk) Burmann of Dryden, and Derek Handy of Redondo Beach, California; her mother: Phyllis Gayer of Zephyrhills, FLA; sisters: Cathy Higgins of Frankenmuth and Jody Herman of Magazine, ARK; and grandchildren: Brandon Peterson, Alex Peterson, Molly Brinkman, and Katie Brinkman. She is preceded in death by her father: Abram Schafer. Memorial services will be held 11:00 am Friday, September 6, 2013 at the Dryden Wesleyan Church. The Reverend Patricia Hoppenworth, pastor of the Dryden United Methodist Church will officiate. Interment of her cremated remains will follow at Dryden Center Cemetery. The family will be available for visiting 2-5 & 6-8 pm Thursday, September 5, 2013 at the Muir Brothers Funeral Home, 225 N. Main Street, Imlay City. Those desiring to make memorial contributions may wish to direct them to: Michigan Eye Bank & Transplantation Center, American Cancer Society, or the Dryden United Methodist Church.

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