Caroline Elizabeth English
1927 - 2020
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Caroline Elizabeth English, age 93, passed away peacefully June 22, 2020, in Lecanto, Florida. Caroline previously lived in Orlando, Florida from 1961 to 2015. Caroline was born March 25, 1927 in Detroit, Michigan, daughter of Harold Wilcox Gibson and Bess Mabley Gibson (Howland). After graduating from High School in 1945 Caroline enlisted in the US Cadet Nurse Corps and attended St. Mary's Hospital School of Nursing in Detroit, graduating as a Registered Nurse in September 1948. This led to a lifetime Nursing career working in private practices in Orlando as well as working in various Orlando Hospitals - Holiday Hospital, ORMC and Sand Lake Hospital. After retiring she enjoyed playing bridge regularly, golfing, sewing, knitting, crocheting and traveling to visit family in Michigan, Arizona, Vermont and California. She was often recognized and remembered by former patients for her kind care and sweet fun-loving personality.

Caroline married George Edward English (USAF) in Howell, Michigan which led to many life-long friendships while making homes for her family in Texas, Washington, Alberta Canada, Maine, Massachusetts and finally McCoy AFB Orlando, Florida. They were divorced in 1975. George, a Decorated Viet Nam War Veteran, preceded her in death in 1998.

Caroline was also preceded in death by her parents Harold Gibson and Bess Kalmerton (Gold-Star Mother), Step-Father and WWI Veteran E. Stilson Kalmerton, Brother Richard Charles Gibson, US Navy seaman during WWII, killed in action January 1945, Gulf of Leyte, Phillippines, and Sister June Maude Parke (Gibson) May 1999 and her Husband John P. Parke, Sr. Feb. 2004.

Caroline leaves behind two Sons and two Daughters: Peter J. Hamlett and his wife Margaret of Richland, MI, Grand-daughter's Corinn Wooster of East Lansing, MI and Monica Hamlett of Emeryville, CA; David R. English of Sneads, FL, Grand-daughter's Elizabeth English and Jennifer English; Marti C. English and her husband John J. Gray of San Ramon, CA; Laurie A. English of Lecanto, FL, Grand-daughter Jessica M. Holbrook and Great-Grandson Ethan Holbrook-Palker of Jeffersonville, VT, Grand-daughter Hillary A. Holbrook and Great Grand-daughter Camilla Amburn-Holbrook of Wilmington, NC. "Aunt Carey" is also remembered dearly by her many nieces and nephews.

Following cremation Caroline will be interred with her family in Mt. Olivet Cemetery in Howell, Michigan at a future date. If desired, donations in her memory can be made to the Alzheimer's Association 225 N. Michigan Ave., Fl. 17, Chicago, IL 60601, 1.800.272.3900, or

She will be in our hearts forever….

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Published in Orlando Sentinel from Jun. 27 to Jun. 28, 2020.
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June 28, 2020
Grandma will be missed by all who knew her! We love her always.
Elizabeth English
June 28, 2020
Who could turn the world on with her could Carolyn and we loved you for your wicked sense of humor!
Eileen Miller
June 28, 2020
I am so sorry to hear of Caroline's passing. I can't begin to tell you how special she was to me. She was my nurse during the birth of my son in 1977 and, my daughter's in1980.
I subsequently became her hairdresser for a few years. I once cut her hair in my room at Holiday. She was so very special. My memory of her humor will always be with me. I cherish a book that Caroline's daughter wrote.
Rest in peace lovely lady❣
Johnelle Pauley
June 28, 2020
Grams was the coolest lady. She made all of our barbie doll clothes, our Halloween costumes and sewed or fixed whatever we needed. She made my sister and I baby books that I still have today. I always remember her baking in the kitchen and standing there waiting on something while she would lean her upper body in a circle kind of half dancing without moving her legs. Like miniature workouts. She made up characters too... Fred Farkle, Fanny Farkle and Sparkle Farkle. I never forgot the Farkle family. She was so funny and creative, it seemed to come natural to her. She always made me laugh. If we were in traffic and someone had their music playing loud, especially if it had a lot of bass, she would say, "God.. I wish they would turn down the boom boom". All the while terrifying you while she drove with two feet. She had beautiful penmanship and so many skills that I'm sad to say I don't have! She was hard working and no nonsense when she had to be. She always kept things fun though and I'm not sure she ever realized how funny she really was. She sang silly songs and had her own idiolect. She said silly phrases and words that we'd always laugh at because no one used them anymore, like coiffed and toupe, or my Mom's favorite- but not really, peri-pad. She was a wonderful Grandmother who I was always happy to see. No matter where she was it always felt like home being with her. She could whoop you at Rummy. She still beat me the last time I saw her. She was unique and had so many stories and so much to give. She grew up in a much different time that required a different kind of strength than today to succeed and find your way. We couldn't understand what it was like because we all, as women, benefited from the changes that were happening as she grew up. The world is a little dimmer without her, but I am so lucky that as my Grandma, she was mine.
Love you always and miss you terribly... each day that passes without you won't make it a little easier, it will just remind me of how many days I've missed without you in them.
Love you Grams... I hope you remember how much you made me laugh just like I do.
Hillary Holbrook
Hillary Holbrook
June 28, 2020
Mom was the best, always. Who she was will be missed forever.
I love her, we all loved her.
See you in the future mom! Laurie
Laurie A English
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