Carolyn R. LaCross

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Carolyn R. LaCross

September 21, 1934 - November 10, 2017

Carolyn R. LaCross, 83, of Traverse City, passed away Friday, Nov. 10, 2017 at Joy Givers Nursing Home surrounded by her loving family.
Carolyn was born Friday, Sept. 21, 1934 to Burton and Lillian (Frye) Ames in Royal Oak.
Carolyn worked as a secretary at Cone Drive for 29 years, retiring in October 1996. She was a member of St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church and was a longtime member of the church choir. Carolyn enjoyed playing the piano, ice skating, word searches and puzzles. Her greatest joy came from spending time with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
She is survived by her daughter, Jody (Razz) LaCross, of Kingsley; son, Jeffrey (Lisa) LaCross, of Traverse City; brothers, William "Skip" Ames, of Sterling Heights, and Charles (Vicky) Ames, of Port Huron; son-in-law, J. Greg Porritt; sister-in-law, Kathy Ames; grandchildren, Nathan, Lindsey, Nicholas, Logan, Alex, Jennifer, Karrigan, Katie, Renee and Rachel; and great-grandchildren, Madison and Rhett.
She was preceded in death by her parents; daughter, Patricia 'Joy' Porritt; sister-in-law, Sara Ames; and brothers, Edward Ames and James Ames.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Wednesday, Nov. 22, 2017 at 11 a.m. at St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church, with visitation beginning at 10 a.m. Fr. Ken Stachnik will officiate.
Those wishing an expression of sympathy may direct contributions to Joy Givers Senior Home, 7438 North Long Lake Road, Traverse City, MI 49685.
Please share your thoughts and memories of Carolyn with her family by way of her online guestbook at
The family is being cared for by the Reynolds-Jonkhoff Funeral Home and Cremation Services.
Published on November 19, 2017
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