Sandra Jean Carmichael


EVART — Sandra Jean Carmichael, 59, of Evart, passed away on Saturday, April 22, 2017, at Spectrum Health Blodgett Hospital in East Grand Rapids.

Sandy was born May 4, 1957, in Flint, to Harold Fremont and Marian Eileen (Fishburn) Southwell. She graduated from Flint Central High School and attended the University of Michigan in Flint. Sandra married Douglas Edwin Carmichael on Sept. 12, 1975, in Flint on September 12, 1975.

Mrs. Carmichael is survived by her husband of 41 years, Douglas E. Carmichael, of Evart; daughter, Leah (James) Cooper, of San Angelo, Texas; sons, Luke (Christina) Carmichael, of Ann Arbor, and Benjamin (Sara) Carmichael, of Dallas; eight grandchildren, Solomon, Ellis, Louisa, Amos, Adriana, Emilia, Michael and Lorelai; sister, Judy (Micky) Grandas, of Flushing; half-brothers, Bryce (Jodi) Southwell and Bruce (Barbra) Southwell; and half-sisters, Barb (Phil) Smith and Sherry Kilborn.

Sandy loved her husband, family and grandchildren intensely. This was her main passion. She raised three obstinate and independent kids that went off farther than she liked — California, Guatemala, Dallas, Lansing and even Ann Arbor. She began in 1975 as a farm wife after marrying Doug. She supported her husband on the farm in any way she could, feeding hired men, running lunch to the fields or picking up parts. Sandy loved to cook for her family as well; ribs and strawberry shortcake on Father's Day, sugar cookies and cinnamon buns on Christmas.

Sandy was a rock in her family, supporting her husband and kids in any endeavors. She supported her school-age kids non-stop from 4-H, horse showings, plays and science fairs to track, basketball and football. As they went off to college she continued to feed, clothe and host kids. She even adopted Ben's college dog, Turk. As her kids had kids, she enjoyed her grandchildren immensely, traveling deep into West Texas visiting her grandchildren whenever she could.

Sandy loved books, especially fantasy, inspiring her kids' lifelong interest in books — Tolkien to Brandon Sanderson. She loved singing music around the piano with her brothers, sister, mom and dad. For years, she also liked to sing in church and would occasionally would sing another Sandy, Sandi Patti. Sandy loved horses, riding off and on throughout her life. For years she cared for three horses (Bud, Mac and Major) while helping her daughter and niece ride and show.

Sandy loved Jesus as her personal Lord and savior, participating in different aspects of small groups and church. Sandy was previously a member of Brooks Corner Methodist Church, and more recently of Crossroads Church in Evart. She served as a Sunday school teacher and youth leader at different points in time.

Sandy lived a deep and meaningful life which echoes in the lives of her husband, children and family. She will be deeply missed by all who knew her.

Funeral services for Sandra Jean Carmichael will take place at 1 p.m. on Wednesday, April 26, 2017, at Crossroads Church in Evart with Pastor Paul Weissenborn officiating. Visitation will be at 11 a.m. on Wednesday until the time of services at the church. Interment will be in the Osceola Township cemetery. Memorial contributions may be directed to the Crossroads Church in Evart.