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Carol Ann Reed

Carol Ann Reed, 81 traded her walker for wings when she passed away surrounded by her loved ones on Saturday, January 9, 2021.Carol was preceded in death by her parents, 4 brothers, a sister-in-law, a daughter-in-law, a granddaughter Ashley Colburn and her beloved son Larry Colburn. Carol was raised in the Chicago area until she fell in love with west Michigan and moved her family here in 1978. Landing in Allegan and spending 33 years at the Perrigo company brought Carol much enjoyment and close friendships that continue today. Following her 2011 retirement Carol moved to Wisconsin, surprising all of her children by becoming a die-hard Green Bay Packers fan, never missing a televised game, even upon her return to Michigan. She will be fondly remembered for her love of animals and all things leopard. Carol will always be remembered and deeply missed by her 5 children and their families; Michael (Lori) Colburn of Allegan, Janet (Donald) Barz of Holland, Lori (Dave) Brandt of Hudsonville, Daniel (Katie) Colburn of St. Charles, Il and Christopher Thomas of Holland, as well as her sister, Joyce (Ed) Schmeda of Florida, 17 grandchildren, 30 great-grandchildren, several nieces, nephews and dear friends. To honor her wishes, no funeral service will occur. Cremation has taken place and a memorial service will be planned in the spring. Carol was a feisty, spirited, caring soul who has certainly left her mark on all who knew her. While at www.avinkcremation.com please take time to sign Carol's guestbook by lighting a candle and/or sharing a memory with the family. The Reed family is being assisted by the Avink Funeral Home & Cremation Society, 129 South Grand Schoolcraft, MI 49087 (269) 679-5622.

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Mom it's me again and I miss you very much.Yesterday was a real hard day for me because I started packing some of your clothes and it came to me that you are never coming home.I really do not know what I am going to do without you.I recently returned to work and it just doesn't seem meaningful anymore.I promise you I will continue doing the best I can but it is going to be so hard not being able to see your beautiful smile anymore.I am hoping that you will help guide me to continue being the man you always wanted me to be.I love you mom and I at least hope you are finally having fun with Larry after all these years.I love you sweetheart I much and promise to never forget about you.I love and miss you. Your son Chris

Christopher Thomas Jan 21 2021 1:04 AM

Mom it's been a week since you went home and I miss you every day.I miss coming home from work and telling you how my day went and eating a sub or pizza with you that I made for you at work.I really don't know how I am gonna get through life without getting your advice whenever I was going through something.I promise you I will do the best I can and continue making you proud of me.I want to Thank you for being my mom and everything you have ever done for me.I love and miss you and can't wait until I get to see you again.I really hope it is soon.

Christopher Thomas Jan 17 2021 7:05 PM

Carol was a special lady. She would make you laugh. I will always remember all the fun we had at Perrigo in sorting. God has an awesome angel.

Natilee Johnson-Belanger Jan 13 2021 5:25 PM

Mom it's been a couple days since you passed and it isn't getting easier.I am gonna miss coming home from work and telling you how my day went.I promise you mom that I will continue to make you proud.I love you.Your son Chris

Christopher Thomas Jan 13 2021 6:46 AM

A candle was lit in memory of Carol Reed

Joyce Schmeda Jan 12 2021 7:33 PM