Traverse City Record-Eagle


September 6, 2013

Carol M. McNamara

TRAVERSE CITY — Carol Mae Morris McNamara, 79, of Traverse City, passed away Wednesday, Sept. 4, 2013, at Munson Medical Center in Traverse City, with her family by her side. Carol was born in Detroit on Friday, April 27, 1934, to Henry and Florence Morris.

On Saturday, July 31, 1954, in Pontiac, she married Russell F. McNamara. They moved to Traverse City in 1960, and together they raised five children.

Carol worked in a bank, followed by employment in childcare and CAP Computer Company. She also volunteered at Munson Medical Center in medical records.

In recent years, as she battled many health issues, she enjoyed doing needlepoint and was an expert on old movies.

Carol is survived by her husband of 59 years, Russell; and children, Lynn Johnson, of Phoenix, Ariz., Sandra and husband, Joshua Wysong, of Park City, Utah, Lorraine and husband, Shaun Paton, of Kingsley, Jeffrey McNamara and wife, Marnie, of Interlochen, and Paula and husband, Sean Hurt, of Bellevue, Wash. Also surviving are nine grandchildren, Ted, Carol, Logan, Torrie, Travis, Evan, Audrey, Tyler and Caitlyn; as well as five great-grandchildren, Bridget, Maya, Naomi, Jacob and Asa. Carol is also survived by her sisters, Evelyn Carpenter, of Waterford, Sarah Reddick, of San Diego, and Skye O’Byrne, of Montana; along with many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; a sister, Leslie; and brother, Douglas.

Carol was a wonderful person, loving, kind and gentle and would always go out of her way to help a family member. She was greatly loved and will be missed by all who knew her.

Visitation for Carol will begin at noon today, Sept. 6, at the Reynolds-Jonkhoff Funeral Home, with the funeral service beginning at 1 p.m., also at the funeral home. The Rev. Dr. Gary Hogue will officiate. Burial will be in Grand Traverse Memorial Gardens.

Carol may be remembered through memorial contributions to the Munson Health Care Regional Foundation, 210 Beaumont Place, Traverse City 49684 ( or the American Cancer Society.

Please share your condolences and memories of Carol with her family by way of her online guestbook at

The family is being served by Reynolds-Jonkhoff Funeral Home and Cremation Services.

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