Carol was born on April 3, 1947 in Englewood, NJ and died at home on March 6, 2021 in Hendersonville, NC with family at her side. She was the daughter of Frederick Stoddard and Harriett Matthews Sherwin. She is survived by her husband Robert Brinkley, her sons Gregory Martin and Douglas Stoddard Bosworth, her daughter Katheryn Ann Brinkley Blythe, and her adopted daughter Brittany Marie Brinkley Raposa. She is also survived by her grandchildren Eleanor and Grace Bosworth, Sophia and Maximillian Raposa and Gabriella and Dash Blythe.
Through her father she is a descendent of Peregrine White, who was born on the Mayflower in Provincetown Harbor on November 20, 1620, the first child of the colony to be born in America. Through her mother she is the descendent of whaling and lightship captains whose trove of artifacts she donated to the New Bedford Whaling Museum in 2019. She had been a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution.
The name “Carol” has the Old English meaning “strong and joyful song” which describes her character, personality, faith, and the way she lived her life so very well.
PSM 118:14 – My Lord is my strength and song. He has become my salvation.
Her life was a beautiful and complex symphony of joy, sports, adventure, love, serving, learning, and doing. She was extremely creative and intuitive as well as determined, persistent, enthusiastic, and hard-working. She had a magnetic personality and contagious laugh and enriched in a positive way the lives of all who knew her. She showed love and respect for all, as she was beautiful inside and out. She had held the title of Runner-up Miss Teen New England at 16 and had appeared in two TV commercials as an adult.
She had a passion for helping others which aligned with her education, getting a B.S. in Nutrition from Framingham State University, CNA and LPN nursing certificates, and a doctorate in Homeopathy from the Trinity College of Natural Health. She was a Certified Natural Health Professional.
She had a varied professional life consistent with her passion, working as an assisted living caregiver, post-operative caregiver, health food store manager, neurofeedback and essential oils practitioner, hostess, landscaper, ambulance driver, nutritional and health counselor, and optician’s aide. She also taught courses in healthy living and cooking to adults and children and gave lectures on nutrition from Maine to Florida.
She had also been a distributor for Enrich and Reliv nutritional supplements for which she refused to charge the retail mark-up as she was more focused on helping people than making money.
Carol was an avid reader and learner, exploring a wide variety of subjects and engaging in many book clubs over the years. She was always looking to improve her knowledge and skills; she maintained an impressive library on all sorts of health topics.
She was a member of the First Baptist Church in Hendersonville and had also attended the Hendersonville Presbyterian Church for several years. She was active in church activities as a Stephen Minister, Sunday School teacher, Vacation Bible School teacher, chairman of the Youth Sunday School Committee, and a participant in foreign mission trips. She was also Chairman of the Weston Massachusetts Roxbury/Weston annual fundraising dinner dance campaign to raise money for schooling inner city kindergarten children in Weston schools. Her favorite charity was the Boys and Girls Club of Henderson County.
She had a great love for helping and nurturing children. She homeschooled her daughter through high school. She fostered, then adopted and homeschooled for several years another daughter and fostered yet another girl. She was a mentor to a welfare recipient and a Big Sister to a high school student from a low-income family. She hosted three foreign exchange students from Germany, one from South Korea and one from France as well as a “fresh air child” from New York City for several summers. She also co-coached a young girls soccer team to a tie for first place in the Boston Metropolitan Area Youth Soccer League.
She was strongly family-oriented and loved planning and participating in family activities and events and preparing and serving formal dinners to friends. One of her specialties was the making of Advent bags for her grandchildren each containing 25 different wrapped gifts for the advent period, something they all cherished.
One of her greatest loves was dancing. She particularly enjoyed ballroom dancing, was a member of Memories Dance Club and took advanced dance lessons at the Asheville Ballroom. She loved music and had taken voice and classical guitar lessons as well as serving as a majorette for a marching band.
Carol was very active and competitive in sports: hiking, road and mountain biking, downhill and cross-country skiing, backpacking, scuba diving, running, tennis and ping pong. She was an outdoor enthusiast and had a special passion for the mountains, especially the mountains of Western North Carolina where she was incredibly happy to spend the rest of her life and into which she regularly took 10-mile hikes.
She also greatly enjoyed playing cards, needlework, basket weaving, working with tools, making repairs, oil painting, gardening, photography, landscaping, interior design, home improvement projects, and hiking with, training and grooming her dogs.
Carol greatly enjoyed travel with adventure. She spent over three years in Augsburg, Germany, spent near countless weeks skiing the Rockies, Alps, Sierras, Cascades, Appalachian, and Green and White Mountains, rode horseback on the beaches of a North Sea Island, hiked into the Grand Canyon and through the Valley of Fire, snorkeled and water-skied the Caribbean and recently bicycled the Virginia Creeper Trail and took a bike tour from Prague to Vienna.
Carol was uniquely precious: the world is a poorer place without her but all who interacted with her have been made richer because of having known her. It is a great comfort to know that she with her joy and faith has now gone home to be with and enjoy the Glory of the Lord.
A celebration of Carol’s life will be held at 11am on Saturday, April 3, 2021 at First Baptist Church of Hendersonville with Pastor Steve Scoggins officiating.