Carol was born on July 12, 1941, in Hope, Mich., to Floyd and Marion Macklem Havens and married her childhood sweetheart Charles Marler on July 13, 1956. She was a member of the United Methodist Church in Edenville, Mich. As well as raising her six children, she nannied for Alexandra Doan, who became a special daughter in her life. Carol was a wonderful mother, grandmother, daughter, sister and aunt. She loved spoiling her dogs Pedro and Max, gardening, canning, working in her yard, and first and foremost spending time with her family and friends, and she was always there for anyone in need. Carol touched the lives of so many people with her kind heart and loving generous nature. She will be sorely missed by many. She leaves to grieve her passing her children, Floyd (Irene) Marler, Debbie (Lynn) Mills, and Jane (Doug) Garland, all of Kentucky, Barbara (Trigg) Cathey and Gary (Bridgette) Marler, all of Tennessee, and Mary (Darren) Chapin of Midland, Mich.; her mother, Marion Havens; sister, Barbara Thurston; 18 grandchildren, 15 great-grandchildren; and many nieces, nephews, brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, cousins, and so many friends who have all been blessed to have known her and have her in their lives.
Waiting with open arms to welcome her into heaven are her husband, Charles Marler; father, Floyd Havens; and grandson, Chuck Reder.
A memorial to celebrate Carol's life will be held at 3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 6, at the Mount Pleasant United Baptist Church in Barbourville, Ky., with her brother-in-law, Pastor Garrett Garland, officiating.
Visitation will be at the church on Saturday from 1 p.m. until the time of services.
Those planning an expression of sympathy may wish to consider Hope United Methodist Church, 5278 N. Hope Rd., Hope MI 48628.
Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to the care of Ware-Smith-Woolever Funeral Home, Midland, Mich.