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Carol Ann Spillard Zadra, of Wildwood, Missouri, formerly of Traverse City and Midland, died on April 20, 2017 at the age of 81. Carol was born in Detroit on Dec. 26, 1935.
She is survived by her husband, Lee; two daughters, JoAnne Zadra Heyer (Christopher) and Suzanne Zadra Schroeder (Michael); four grandchildren, Abby, Zack, Leah and Aliza; her sister, T.J. Blondin (Marv); and sister-in-law, Jan Kalish.
Carol was preceded in death by her parents, Reta Strong Spillard and Leroy Spillard; and brother, Robert Spillard.
Carol received degrees in education from the University of Detroit - Mercy and University of Michigan graduate school.
She taught grade school in Iowa, Illinois and Michigan. Carol was also a registered nurse and worked in surgical, emergency and industrial areas of medicine and published bacterial research and educational articles.
As a lover of music and art, Carol was a classical pianist in her youth and a member of the Michigan musical society chorale as an adult. She filled her family's homes with her oil paintings of landscapes and still life. She enjoyed traveling Europe, Mexico, the Caribbean and the United States. Carol found peace and happiness in the outdoors and time spent at the family cottage "Camelot."
Carol enjoyed laughter and excitement, which she showed by her enthusiasm at Saint Patrick's Day celebrations and University of Michigan football games. She was a supportive wife, mom and grandmother, often surprising her loved ones with a gift, token or treat to show her love; it brought her great joy to be with her family. She was an advocate for the under-privileged and poor, an avid Democrat and a feminist before feminism was in vogue.
Carol will be remembered for her vibrant red hair, beautiful smile and laughter.
A memorial service will be held on Saturday, June 10, at 1 p.m., at The Meadows of Wildwood Clubhouse, 111 Meadows of Wildwood Boulevard, Wildwood, Missouri.
In lieu of flowers, memorials to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society may be made by visiting http://events.lls.org/pages/gat/ZadraC.
A guestbook and photo slideshow are available online at www.stlouiscremation.com.
Published on April 30, 2017
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