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Carolyn Ames
1946 - 2021

Carolyn Shearer Hollomon Ames, 74, passed away Tuesday, Nov. 16, 2021.

She was born Nov. 25, 1946, to Charles and Virginia (Abraham) Shearer.

She grew up in south St. Joe and attended St. Joseph schools and received her B.A. degree from WMU in 1967.

Carolyn married David Hollomon and they had one son, Joseph Hollomon. Carolyn always knew Joe to be the best part of her life. In 1977, she married Don Ames and gained a wonderful additional family; Don's grown children Bruce, Esther and Audrey.

Carolyn was a social worker with the Department of Social Services (now the DHS) for 32 years and retired in 2002.

She truly valued her friends and family. She liked staying connected with friends at coffee, organizing potlucks at Lions Park Beach, Friday nights out and shopping. She loved traveling and always wanted to return to London. Gambling in Las Vegas, Connecticut and Monaco were a good reason to travel. She liked to garden even though every year the deer would eat her hostas and tulips.

Carolyn is survived by her son, Joe of Grand Rapids, Mich.; her stepchildren: Bruce (Kathy) Ames of Mesa, Ariz., and Esther Ames of Tucson, Ariz.; her sister-in-law, Dolores Shearer of Stevensville; her brother-in-law, Gail (Delores) Peapples of Sumnerville, S.C; and several wonderful nieces, nephews, and step-grandchildren.

She is preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Don Ames; her stepdaughter, Audrey; her brother, Charles; and her nephew, David.

In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to an American Legion program such as Boys State, Girls State, or Student Trooper, or find a local American Legion post near you to donate to.

Published by The Herald-Palladium on Nov. 26, 2021.
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I worked with Carolyn for many years at the DSS. She was a joy to be around and made everyday better.
Robert Miller
November 30, 2021
I will miss her lovely laugh. My condolences to all, love Sandra and daughters.
Sandra Ames Kaiser
November 28, 2021
We will miss you Step-Mom Carolyn... Rest in Peace...
Bruce and Kathy Ames
November 26, 2021
Carolyn was a lovely, lively, and caring person. The world benefitted from her laughter and sense of fairness. Our hearts go out to her family.
Dan and Penny Brant
November 26, 2021
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