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Carol Overdorf

January 5, 1961 ~ November 1, 2021 (age 60)


Carol McCracken Overdorf was born January 5, 1961 in Royal Oak, Michigan. She was the fourth and last child born to J. Larry and Lois McCracken. Her father preceded her in death.

In Michigan she attended Northwood Elementary School until the 6th grade and Clara Barton Junior High. During the summer before Carol entered high school, her parents took a trip to Hawaii where they fell in love with the people and the islands. Upon that discovery, the family packed and moved to Hawaii where Carol began 9th grade at Aiea High School in Aiea, Hawaii. There, she joined the “Aiea Swinging Singers” along with her brother Doug. The group performed many songs and dances representing the different cultures of Hawaii. Carol also learned to dance the “Lord’s Prayer” in hula which she did beautifully. The Singers traveled extensively including trips to the mainland and Europe.

Upon graduation from high school, Carol attended Anderson University, following in the legacy of her mother. At Anderson, she received her degree in Psychology and Family Planning. Returning to Hawaii, Carol worked at Hale Kipa as a counselor for troubled teens. Carol later moved back to Indiana where she was employed by her alma mater as a resident hall director. While serving in this capacity she met Bret Overdorf. Little did she know that her life would change dramatically. She became Bret’s wife and Jordan’s mother. A few years later, the family celebrated the birth of Rachael. She was happy. As the children grew older, Carol provided homeschool education. Through the years she enjoyed antiquing with Bret. As well, the family participated in historical reenactment at Mississinewa.

Among her hobbies, she would assist her mother-in-law, Rita, in making gift baskets to support various charities. As a Christian, Carol was a member and leader of Bible Study Fellowship. She most recently attended Heartland Church. She was a gifted cook and baker which greatly benefited her family and friends. Prior to the return of her cancer, Carol had received her certification as a Court Appointed Special Advocate which serves to protect children that are victims of child abuse. This reflected her education and background as a champion for the best interest of children.

Carol is survived by her husband, Bret; son, Jordan (Merry) Overdorf; daughter, Rachael (Jon) Cartagena; mother, Lois McCracken; siblings, Maureen, Robin and Doug; aunt, Judi McCracken; father and mother-in-law, Richard and Rita Overdorf; a host of nieces and nephews residing in the states of Hawaii, Texas, North Carolina, Georgia, Idaho, California and Indiana. However, her most recent and rewarding job was becoming Gigi to her three grandchildren, Eli, Teddy and Ruthie.

A celebration of life will be available for viewing at <https://www.heartlandchurch.com/funeral> on Saturday, November 6, 2021 at 10:30 a.m. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society in her honor, with a designation to benefit breast cancer victims of Madison County, Indiana P.O. Box 22718, Oklahoma City, OK 73123.

Dunnichay Funeral Home is honored to care for Carol and the Overdorf family.

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