Carol Jean McMahon

BARK RIVER – Carol Jean McMahon, 85, of 4590 K Road, Bark River, was called to her heavenly home on Wednesday, Feb. 13, after losing her courageous battle with cancer. She also suffered with Macular Degeneration and COPD all of her adult life, but that did not slow her down.

She was an avid Green Bay Packer fan. She also enjoyed sitting on her deck overlooking the Ford River with their dog Corky on her lap. On any given Saturday afternoon, she could be found playing poker with her husband and their family. She was known for her banana bread and potato salad and was always willing to supply them for many family functions.

She was born on Jan. 15, 1928, in Escanaba to Charles and Emma (Girard) Perryman. She graduated in 1946 from Escanaba High School. She was honored by being the 5,000th student to cross the stage at graduation.

On April 30th, 1949, she married the love of her life and her soul mate, John T. McMahon of Hyde. They raised their family in Escanaba and Hyde and have resided on the McMahon family homestead in Hyde for many years.

She worked at JC Penney until her retirement in 1988. She was a member of St. Paul’s Evangelical Lutheran Church in Hyde. She was a past member of St. Paul’s Ladies Aid, VFW Ladies Auxiliary, and PTA president of Ford River School.

She is survived by John, her loving husband of 63 years; their family dog of 13 years, Corky; six daughters, Sue (Dan) Salmon, Barb McMahon, Laura (Dennis) Dittrich, and Patti (Terry) Dittrich all of Hyde; Judy (Terry) Chouinard of Riverland; Gail (Larry) Kosobucki of Hopkinsville, Ky.; one son, John (Darlene) McMahon of Readfield, Maine; 18 grandchildren, 29 great-grandchildren; brothers, Howard (June), Max (Char) and Tom Perryman; sisters, Marilyn McGinnis and Dolly (Ron) Dufour; sister-in-law, Helga Perryman; and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by an infant son, David Lee; her parents; brothers, James, Charles (Skip) and Bobby; and sister, Shirley (Billie Ann) Makosky.

Visitation will be on Sunday, Feb. 17 from noon to 3 p.m. at the Crawford Funeral Home in Escanaba. The funeral service will follow at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Hyde at 4 p.m. with a meal to follow.

Burial will be in the West Ford River Cemetery in the spring.

The Crawford Funeral Homes are assisting the McMahon family with arrangements.