Rev. Carol Lynn J. Bourns

February 9, 2018

Rev. Carol Lynn J. Bourns, age 75 of Clare, passed away Sunday, February 4, 2018 at Medilodge of Mt. Pleasant.  2-9-18 OBIT Bourns

Carol Lynn was born in Chicago, Illinois, the daughter of the late Edwin Dean and Mable Jean (Oettinger) Phillips.

After graduating from South Lyon High in 1960 she married the love of her life, David E. Bourns on September 3 and they were married for 54 years and raised three children.

Together they owned a dairy farm which allowed her to continue her passion with animals, especially horses.

She enjoyed being a 4-H leader alongside of her husband. She and Dave were also very active in the Methodist Church and serving the Lord.  Carol Lynn’s passions included music, camping and watching the Tigers.  She enjoyed all types of crafts, cooking and entertaining. She loved to travel and worked as a tour escort for Phillips Travel Agency in South Lyon.

In 1986 Carol Lynn decided to pursue a degree at CMU and during this time she was diagnosed with her first brain tumor. This life altering experience led her to pursue her Master’s Degree in Ministry at Garrett Evangelical Theological Seminary.

After obtaining her Masters in 1992 she became an ordained Minister, and served at the North Evart United Methodist Church. Due to her declining health she was unable to continue to serve in this capacity, yet with her disabilities she never lost her mission to share the great love for her Lord and Savior.

Carol Lynn is survived by her children Pamela (Peter) Stirn of Midland, David Edward (Amy) Bourns, Jr. of Mt. Pleasant and Hope (Jai) Iserhoth of Shepherd; brother Dallas (Gretchen) Phillips of Graying; sister-in-law Susie Phillips of Carbondale, Illinois; brother-in-law Richard Bourns (Carol) of Rochester, New York; sister-in-law Nancy Granger of Rochester, New York; 8 grandchildren Erica (Ryan) Andrews, Zachery and Zoe Stirn, Alexander and Taylor Bourns, Landon, Mason, and Carson Iserhoth; 2 great grandchildren Eva and A.J. Andrews.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Dave, brother Ed, and brother-in-law Don.

Visitation will be held on Friday, February 9, 2018 from 4 to 8 P.M. at the Farwell Chapel of Stephenson-Wyman Funeral Home.

A Memorial Service will take place on Saturday, February 10, 2018 at 11 A.M. at the Farwell United Methodist Church with Pastor Martin Cobb officiating.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Salvation Army.  On-line condolences may be left at

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