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June 13, 1942 ~ November 23, 2023 (age 81) 81 Years Old
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Caroline Wyatt Haynes, a spirited and multi-talented woman, left this world on November 23, 2023, at the age of 81, in Lakeland, Florida. Born on June 13, 1942, in Hamilton, Ohio, to the late Vincent and Emily (Bowman) Wyatt, Caroline's journey was marked by her resilience, creativity, and unwavering commitment to her family.
Caroline's life was one of vibrant stories and accomplishments. She was a beloved mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother, whose legacy is carried on by her loving children, Emily (Earle) Glassen, Barry )Carol) Pitts, Joel Pitts and Daniel (Gwen) Pitts, cherished grandchildren, Christopher Richardson, Rachel Cassanova, Erin Fancher, Erica Fancher, Brandi Pitts, Jericha Kozlowski, Daniel Pitts II, April Glassen, half brother Emory Williamson, and her 16 great-grandchildren. Caroline's family was the cornerstone of her life, and she was the matriarch who held them together with her strength and love.
Preceded in death by her husband of 41 years, Thomas Haynes, her daughter Robin Guillion, her siblings Vona Merryman, Emily Mae Whittimore, Brenda Crabtree, Michael Wyatt, her great-granddaughter Valkyrie, and half brothers, Bobby and Fred Wyatt, Caroline's memory will be forever treasured by those who knew and loved her.
Caroline's professional life was spent as a clerk cashier at the dog tracks in Tampa, St. Pete, and Sarasota. Her work ethic and personable nature made her a well-known figure at the tracks. She was not only respected by her colleagues but also by the patrons who appreciated her dedication and friendly demeanor.
Beyond her work, Caroline was an artist and an avid painter, whose canvases were filled with the same passion and vibrancy that she brought to every aspect of her life. Her green thumb was legendary, and she often dreamed of opening her own nursery. With her skilled hands, she was also a carpenter and roofer, embodying the essence of a woman who was as tough as nails.
Caroline's independence and strength were evident in her role as a self-sufficient single mother who raised five children successfully. She was a self-proclaimed bra burner, a symbol of her fierce advocacy for women's rights and her belief in female empowerment. Her children and grandchildren will remember her as a smart, strong, and capable role model who taught them the value of hard work and perseverance.
Her interests were as diverse as her skills. Caroline loved watching jai-lai, a pastime that brought her immense joy and excitement. Her beautiful laugh was infectious and could light up any room. Those who knew her will remember the sound of her laughter as a fond memory that will echo in their hearts forever.
Handy and creative, Caroline was a woman who could fix a leaky faucet or shingle a roof as effortlessly as she could craft a stunning piece of art. Her hands, always busy, were a testament to her resourceful and artistic spirit.
Caroline Haynes lived a life that was rich in experiences and love. She was a source of strength and an inspiration to all who had the privilege of knowing her. Her memory will be cherished, and her spirit will continue to guide her family and friends.
As we bid farewell to Caroline, we celebrate the indelible mark she has left on this world. Her journey may have come to an end, but her legacy of love, resilience, and creativity will live on through the generations. Caroline Wyatt Haynes will be deeply missed, but her story will never be forgotten.