Obituary for Carolyn L. Brink
Carolyn Brink was born on October 27, 1941 in Anderson, South Carolina to proud parents Evangeline Winchester and Broadus Deitz. She was described as a lovely baby and grew into a bubbly young girl.
Unfortunately, Carolyn lost her father at the age of 3. Broadus was killed in World War II. Although she and her mother suffered a great loss; the family continued on. Evangeline went on to earn her Teaching Degree while raising Carolyn to the best of her abilities.
Carolyn spent her childhood years in South Carolina and New Jersey. Evangeline married Joe Mosich, who became Carolyn’s stepfather well into her adult years. The family eventually settled in Clearwater, Florida.
Carolyn met and married her high school sweetheart, Orin Glanville in the late 1950’s. From their marriage came two sweet children. Lorin (Glanville) Cook was born in June of 1960 and Mark Glanville was born in July of 1961. The young military family spent time in California, Florida, and the Panama Canal Zone. This marriage ended in 1970.
Carolyn and her two children returned to Clearwater, Florida, where she worked hard to create a fresh start. She earned her Business Degree and set out to become an independent, successful woman. While caring for her children, she also worked as an Administrative Assistant at a local surveying firm. As a result of her hard work, she was able to purchase her own home in which to raise her children.
In her thirties, Carolyn married Darold Brink, a native of South Dakota. As a military couple, they moved to Sumter, South Carolina. From their marriage came two beautiful girls. Carrie Brink was born in July of 1975 and Sarah Brink was born in October of 1976. After Darold retired from the Air Force, the family returned to Clearwater, Florida.
Carolyn enjoyed her time as a stay-at-home mom. She eventually returned to her profession at Girls Club Incorporated, ultimately becoming an Executive Assistant to the Mayor for the City of Clearwater. She retired in 2006. Carolyn then cared for her elderly mother until her passing in 2008.
In 2010, Carolyn finally received the long-awaited title of “Noni” when her grandson, Jackson, was born to Carrie. As soon as she met him, he became the light of her life. In 2015 and 2017, she was blessed with two more “lights”, Emma and Hazel, who were born to Sarah. To them, she was known as “Nana”. Anyone could see the close bond between Carolyn and her grandchildren.
Summers became a special time for Darold and Carolyn. It became a yearly tradition to gather in South Dakota at mom and dad’s little house. Sarah and her fiancé Greg, Emma, and Hazel looked forward to this time as well. Lorin and her husband Jerry would travel from Georgia. Carrie and Jackson would travel from Florida. We are forever grateful for this family time and the memories.
Everyone who knew Carolyn would describe her as an extremely selfless woman. She always put her family and others before herself. We are forever grateful and love her so deeply.
Carolyn passed away in the morning hours of December 6th. She will always be remembered as a beloved wife, amazing mother, doting grandmother, and devoted friend. She will be forever missed.