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SMYRNA, Del. Carolyn Ruth Rinker, 87, of Smyrna, passed away at her home on Saturday, Dec. 9, 2017.
Born in Gormania, W.Va., on Dec. 8, 1930, she was the daughter of the late Harry Baker and Minnie Beatrice Bobo. She also was preceded in death by her husband, Nelson Rinker who was her classmate and high school sweetheart to whom she was married for 46 years; five sisters, Norma Christine (infant), Frances Sirbaugh, Lillian Winters, Elinor Field, and Winona Patterson; a brother, Harry Wilson Bobo; and her companion for many years, Ola "Pete" Bonner.
A 1949 graduate of Bayard High School, Bayard, W.Va., she owned and operated Carolyn's Day Care for 36 years. Even though she lived in Smyrna since 1959, her "home" will always be Mount Storm, W.Va.
Her greatest joy was spending time with her family and many friends. She also enjoyed seeing the first snow of the year, the colorful fall colors, a beautiful sky, Facebook, scrapbooking, gardening quilting, and playing piano.
She was a member of the Smyrna Church of Christ. Carolyn had a great sense of humor, enjoyed a good laugh and making others smile. She made friends everywhere she went. A story she wrote was published in a book entitled "Monday Washdays and Outhouse Roosters".
She is survived by her children, John Martin Rinker and his wife, Colleen, of Lewes, and Debra Dianne Nadel and husband, Gerald of Smyrna; grandchildren, Jeffrey Rinker and his wife, Christina, Jonni Wolskee Rinker, John Wesley Doyle and his wife, Elsa, and Lillian Joy Doyle; great-grandchildren Sunni and Peter Wolskee; a brother, Wendell Lee Bobo and his fiancée, Norma Lee Smith; many loving nephews and nieces, cousins and a myriad of friends; and her crazy cat whom she loved dearly, Dottie.
Funeral services will be conducted at the Smith Funeral Home, Keyser Chapel, on Saturday, Dec. 16, 2017, at 11 a.m. with Pastor Donna Leatherman officiating. The family will receive friends at the funeral home one hour prior to the service.
Interment will be in the Alkire Cemetery, Mount Storm.
The family would like to thank Compassionate Care Hospice for their kind and compassionate care during a very difficult time. Thank you to the many friends that called and visited Carolyn and for the outpouring of love expressed by so many on Facebook.
Condolences and personal reflections to the family may be left after Mrs. Rinker's obituary at smithfuneralhomes.net.
Published on December 13, 2017
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