In memory of
Carolyn DOWD
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In memory of
Carolyn DOWD
DOWD, Carolyn Sister Carolyn Dowd, IHM, 80, died Friday, April 14, 2017, in the IHM Senior Living Health Care Center, Monroe, MI. She had been under the care of Promedica Hospice of Monroe. One of six children, three boys and three girls, of William and Joyce (Gerber) Dowd, Sister Carolyn was born on August 2, 1936 in Port Huron, MI, and given the name Carolyn Joyce. She attended St. Stephen Grade School and graduated from St. Stephen High School, Port Huron, MI. She became a member of the Sisters, Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, in Monroe, in 1956 and received the religious name, Sister John Paul. Sister Carolyn earned a bachelor's degree from Marygrove College, Detroit, MI, and a master's degree from Wayne State University, Detroit. She taught and ministered in administration in formal education for 52 years, in Michigan at St. Joseph, Erie; St. Mary, Mt. Clemens, St. Joseph and St. John, Monroe; and in Florida at Nativity, Hollywood; and St. Lawrence, North Miami Beach. Sister Carolyn then taught for 21 years at St. Ann, West Palm Beach, and since 2003 had ministered at Sacred Heart School, Lake Worth as admissions director and remedial teacher. Residing in Florida until March 22, 2017, Sister Carolyn at that time returned to Monroe and entered the IHM Senior Living Health Care Center. Sister Carolyn is survived by her brothers, William (Janet) and Joseph, sisters, Joyce (David) Tullis and Joan (Jim) Shalls, aunt, Margaret Dowd, IHM, many nieces and nephews and her sisters in community. She was preceded in death by her brother, James. Memorials may be made to Sacred Heart School, 410 N. M St., Lake Worth, FL 33460 or the IHM Retirement Fund, 610 W. Elm Ave., Monroe, MI 48162-7909. To express condolences and/or make donations: Visit
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