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“Goodbye dear friend ”
1 of 17 | Posted by: Butch Ponicki - Friend

“She was a great loving woman I have ever met. Strong but compassionate. She believed in people know matter what the did. ”
2 of 17 | Posted by: Jean Federico - Acquaintance

“Carol was a wonderful person who leaves an enormous legacy of good, and it was a privilege to know her. ”
3 of 17 | Posted by: Tina Olson - Lansing, MI

“Carol was my Warden at ACF and LCF. She was one of the best administrators I've ever worked for and had genuine leadership skill. She was not always...Read More »
4 of 17 | Posted by: Jeremy Cockrell - Coldwater, MI

“I worked for Warden Howes for many years and even with the job she had, she always had such a beautiful heart. I was able to continue to talk to her...Read More »
5 of 17 | Posted by: Perry Billman - Angola, IN

“Carol was a force of nature. There are so many stories, but words just don't encompass her. The world is a much darker place without her ”
6 of 17 | Posted by: Laura Waterman - IL - Family

“My deepest condolences, Carol was my Warden and mentor for a number of years. She had a lot of faith in me and blessed me with a number of hats to...Read More »
7 of 17 | Posted by: Michelle VanDusen - Coldwater, MI

“RIP Momma Hows you will deeply be missed by many. Thank you for all your help and love. You taught me how to believe in hope. You were and are the...Read More »
8 of 17 | Posted by: Raymond Highers - MI - Friend

“She was my teacher at KCC and then my first Warden at LCF. She was one of the kindest people I ever met. She saw the good in everyone and I owe...Read More »
9 of 17 | Posted by: Dawn Shirk-Jacobson - MI

“Love you Carol! ”
10 of 17 | Posted by: Sherri Page (Howes) - Brooksville, FL

“Carol was great to work with, always available. She will be missed! ”
11 of 17 | Posted by: Janice Mrozik - Manistee, MI

“How do I identify who I was to Carol, she called me her kid and was like a Mother to me for so many years. She was a mentor, a teacher, my hero who...Read More »
12 of 17 | Posted by: Monica Jaher - Lansing, MI

“To a very special friend who will be sadly missed. We had many laughs and long discussions I will forever remember. You had a very unique ability to...Read More »
13 of 17 | Posted by: Denny Straub - Jackson, MI

“Relationship, could not find the word on the list to explain our relationship. We were Pieces women who sought humane treatment of prisoners. We...Read More »
14 of 17 | Posted by: Penny Ryder - Ann Arbor, MI

“I am so glad we got the chance to talk the week before. You sounded good, we had some corrections laughs, and I thought we just might go to eat at...Read More »
15 of 17 | Posted by: Kit Van Niman - Coldwater, MI

“So sorry to hear of Carol's passing. What a wonderful compassionate lady. I worked in the Wardens wing at Lakeland Correctional. She was always a...Read More »
16 of 17 | Posted by: Rosalee Bater - Coldwater, MI

“Glenn and family we are thinking of you during your time of loss. Our prayers are with you. ”
17 of 17 | Posted by: Dennis Howes - Hickory Corners, MI

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Carol Rose Howes of Richland, MI

Carol, age 79, died on Thursday morning, December 10, 2020 at Bronson Methodist Hospital, Kalamazoo, MI.

Carol, the daughter of Thomas Walter and Lila Marian (Kellogg) Howes, was born in Kalamazoo, MI on March 1, 1941 and was a 1959 graduate of WK Kellogg High School. Carol earned Master's degrees from Western Michigan University in History and Education. Carol also volunteered in the Peace Corps in Nigeria from 1968-1970.

Carol retired from the Michigan Department of Corrections in 2012 after serving as a Warden for 27 years and from Kellogg Community College where she was an adjunct professor teaching in the Criminal Justice Program for 24 years.

Carol is survived by her brother, Glenn W. (Cindy) Howes of Richland; a niece, Jennifer (Kirk) Rodriguez; a nephew, Glenn W. (Alicia) Howes and great nephews Matthew and Nathan Rodriguez and Elliott and Aidan Howes. Carol was preceded in death by her parents and niece, Conni Carol Howes.

A private graveside service will take place at the North Athens Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in Carol's honor may be directed to the American Cancer Society or the Humane Society of South Central Michigan. The Farley Estes Dowdle Funeral Home & Cremation Care, Richland Chapel is assisting Carol's family. Personal messages for the family and/or favorite memories of Carol may be placed at