After suffering for several years with dementia, Carol Jean (Kanouse) Hadley was freed from her broken flesh and united with her Savior. She was born October 27, 1922 in Detroit, Michigan to Florence and Bruce Kanouse, and was called home on September 23, 1922.
She spent a large part of her childhood at the VFW National Home For Children and graduated from Eaton Rapids High School in 1940. On August 15, 1942 she married the love of her life, Gail E. Hadley. When her husband left for Europe during World War II, Jean was left to care for their young son Stephen Gail. When Gail returned from Europe, the pair had 2 additional sons and a daughter. They made their home in Shaftsburg, Michigan. Jean was the Postmaster in the small village Post Office for many years. She and Gail made many friends in Shaftsburg, and their small church Community Bible Church.
In August of 1980, Gail passed away after a battle with colon cancer. Retirement was never a time of idleness for Jean. She decided to leave Mid-Michigan and relocate to the Dallas Metroplex.
She had left Mid-Michigan, but it never left her heart. She enjoyed yearly trips home to visit through the years, until her health made that too difficult. She loved to come back to Shaftsburg, and catch up on everyone’s news.
Jean loved Jesus, and she loved people so much. She had traveled to Arizona to care for a family member as they were dying. It was a Sunday morning as she was traveling back to Michigan. She stopped in time for church. It was a tiny church on the Navajo reservation. When she returned from Michigan, she packed up and moved to the reservation. There were children that needed a Sunday school teacher to teach them about Jesus. She stayed for several years teaching Sunday school on the reservation. She just loved the people she met on the reservation.
Jean was preceded in death by her husband Gail E. Hadley, her brothers Bruce and Allan Kanouse, Son-in-law Joseph Martinez, and granddaughter Mary (Martinez) Payer.
While her family is heartbroken to lose such an amazing woman, they are joyful and anxiously await the day they will be reunited with her. She is survived by her three sons Stephen (Jennifer) G. Hadley of Austin, Texas, Rev. John (Toni) P. Hadley of Carrollton, Texas, and Bruce (Judy) E. Hadley of Antlers, Oklahoma, and daughter Susan Martinez of Charlotte, Michigan. As well as 15 grand-children, 36 great grandchildren, and 13 great-great grandchildren.
There will be a memorial service held in Dallas on October 25th, and a second memorial in Shaftsburg, Michigan at 11 am on November 28, 2015 at Community Bible Church in Shaftsburg, Michigan. In lieu of flowers, the family recommends a donation in Jean’s name to the VFW National Home for Children. Donations can be mailed to 3573 S. Waverly Rd. Eaton Rapids, Michigan.