In loving memory of Elizabeth “Betsy” Jane Carl

Elizabeth “Betsy” Jane Carl, was born on July 11, 1958, in Niles, Michigan, and peacefully transitioned to Heaven on December 4, 2023. She is survived by her loving siblings, Lila Roudabush, Dr. Bruce Carl (Barbara Ingenthron), Barry P. Carl (Tamara), and her dear nephew Andrew Roudabush. Betsy was predeceased by her parents, Wallace Benton Carl and Betty Jane Carl, her brother Bryan D. Carl, and her nephew Joshua Roudabush.

In her early life, Betsy resided in Galien, on the west side of the state, before making Ferndale her home. Later she moved to Dryden with her parents spending most of her life there. Her final residence was at Angelica’s Place in Romeo. Betsy had a zest for life and cherished moments spent at amusement parks, swimming, bowling, and annual camping outings at Skyline Camp in Almont, MI. She had a special love for horses and worked at the Growth and Opportunity Center in Lapeer, MI, where she worked performing various assigned tasks.

With the heart of a child, she reveled in receiving gifts, with Christmas, her birthday, and Halloween being favorites. Her joy in watching The Wizard of Oz was revealed the year she dressed as Dorothy for Halloween. Betsy’s favorite song, “Amazing Grace,” as performed by Judy Collins, resonated deeply with her, daily.

Betsy had a passion for jewelry, especially rings and watches. To that end, Betsy delighted in bargain shopping at Goodwill or Salvation Army, picking out clothes, watches, rings, and clocks that caught her fancy, usually with her mom, then later with her caretakers. Her favorite role was setting her own price for the items she chose, refusing to pay the stated price, leaving the cashiers dumbfounded but acquiescent. She enjoyed attending church, especially with her late mother Betty, who was not just her mother, but also her best friend.

Betsy expressed her gratitude and affection for her caregivers Helen and Ken, Cindy, Debbie, Linda, Jan, and others. Missing her late mother terribly, Betsy seemingly embarked thereafter on a determined journey to reunite with her in Heaven, filled with love and warm memories.

Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to Muir Bros. of Almont, and visitation was held at St. Cornelius Church in Dryden, MI, on December 12, 2023, followed by a Mass. Betsy will be laid to rest alongside her parents at Mt. Pleasant Cemetery in Dryden, immediately following the Mass.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to be made to the Down Syndrome Guild of Southeast Michigan at 1312 N Campbell Road, Suite 101, Royal Oak, MI 48067.

Betsy’s memory will forever live on in the hearts of those who knew and loved her. May she rest in eternal peace.