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Carol J. Rakestraw, 73, Central Lake, Michigan, died peacefully at home on June 22, 2017, surrounded by her family. She was born Aug. 4, 1943, in Tipton, the daughter of Edgar and Eva Mae (Phillips) Barnes. On April 4, 1965, in Tipton County, she married the love of her life, Harry Rakestraw.
In 1995, they moved to Central Lake, where Carol enjoyed fishing and bowling. She also enjoyed sewing and cooking. Carol was very loving, funny and known as a practical joker.
Surviving Carol is her husband of 52 years, Harry; her children, Harry Jr. Rakestraw, Elwood, Shawn Rakestraw, Kokomo, and Michelle (Bob) Weesner, Mancelona; brothers, William Barnes and Lloyd Barnes, both of Tipton; granddaughters, Samantha Parrish and Savannah Rakestraw; great-granddaughters, Paisley Jean and Ava Jolee; and many other relatives and friends.
Interment will take place in her home state of Indiana.
Arrangements have been handled by the Central Lake Chapel of Mortensen Funeral Homes. Please sign her online guestbook www.mortensenfuneralhomes.com.
Published on June 26, 2017
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