Kathie Dones-Carson has made her transition after a long battle with Sarcoidosis, an autoimmune disease that frequently affects African American women. Mrs. Dones-Carson was very active in her University of Michigan, Detroit and Flint communities. She was a well respected public servant who kept the concerns of African Americans close to her heart. She was also a life-long learner who enjoyed taking extension classes at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, and wherever her curiosity and thirst for knowledge led her. Our condolences go out to the host of family and friends who love her, with sincere sympathy to her husband Kenneth and a sister, Jenni Dones, formerly of the NEW Center in Ann Arbor. Here is her obituary which from the Flint Journal.
Mrs. Kathie Dones-Carson, Age 64, passed away on January 3, 2016 at Hurley Medical Center. A Celebration service and dinner will take place from 5:30 p.m. 11 p.m. Saturday, January 23, 2016 at St. George Banquet Center, G-5191 Lennon Rd. Kathie was born May 28, 1951 and grew up in Flint, Michigan. She earned baccalaureate and law degrees from the University of Michigan and Wayne State University. Mrs. Dones-Carson worked for nearly two decades in municipal government. She served as Deputy Ombudsman for the City of Flint, the Director of Research and Analysis-Chief Legal Counsel for Detroit City Council, as President and CEO at Detroit Black Chamber of Commerce and was founder and Managing Member at Executive Services Group, LLC. Kathie served on boards of directors for numerous community organizations. Mrs. Dones-Carson was preceded in death by her mother, Edwyna Anderson; father, Kenneth Dones; step-father, Andy Anderson; mother-in-law, Alberta Carson; and many beloved relatives. Left to mourn her are her husband, Russell; daughter Kori; son, Russell, Jr.; sister, Jenni; brother-in-law, Robert (Verniece) Williams; nieces, Gene, Lorinda and Micah; nephews, Marc, Dandr, Robert Jr. and, Jovan; grandchildren, Kai, Zaji, Paris, Kamille, Tyler, Kansas, and Charleston; “sister of the heart” Sheila Wilson; also numerous aunts, uncles, cousins, dear friends, neighborhood family, and associates throughout the country mourn her passing. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made in Kathie’s name to: Foundation for Sarcoidosis Research, 1820 W. Webster Ave Suite 304, Chicago, Illinois 60614 or at: https://www.stopsarcoidosis.org/. For more information about Kathie and/or her Celebration, please visit http://kathiedones-carson.com. Obituary published in the Flint Journal.