Carolyn Delores Bufkin-Thurmond was born September 20, 1954 to Arrette (Jones) and Barbet Bufkin, Jr. in Fort Wayne, Indiana. She transitioned into the loving arms of the Lord on Friday, November 22, 2019 at her residence.
“Mickey” as she was affectionately called by family and friends accepted Christ at an early age and joined Greater Progressive Baptist Church, under the leadership of the late Rev. Jesse White, Sr. She attended Fort Wayne Community Schools and graduated from Wayne High School in 1972.
Carolyn was married to Dwayne Brownlee and unto this union four daughters were born, Shalonda, Kametra, Jaela and Tanda. She resided in Columbus, Ohio for 15 years. She graduated from Liberty University with a degree in Early Childhood Education.
She was employed by Olentangy Child Care Center in Columbus, OH. She was the Tiger teacher. She loved teaching preschoolers and watching them explore and learn and have fun in safe environment. She was also employed at Giant Eagle in Columbus for 15 years; where she took great pride in helping her customers.
Mickey loved to sing “God Has Smiled on Me” and dance, but most of all she loved spending time with her family especially her 13 grandchildren. Whenever she was not working, she would be at home reading an enjoyable book and she loved watching her grandsons play football. She will truly be missed by all who knew and loved her.
She leaves to cherish her memory, four daughters, Shalonda Brownlee, Kametra Brownlee, Jaela (Richard) Brownlee-Charlton, and Tanda (Dorian) Brownlee; mother, Arrette Bufkin; sister, May Bufkin; nephew, Richard Bufkin-Scott, Jr.; 13 grandchildren, Arion Nieves, J’Lyn Charlton, Richard Charlton, Jorden Brownlee, Chardnai Charlton, Destinae Charlton, Kamry Charlton, Noah Nieves, Dorian Nieves, London Nieves, Ashton Nieves, Aaleyah Charlton and Elliott Nieves; and a host of other relatives and friends.
She was preceded in death by her father, Barbet Bufkin, Jr.
She will be laid to rest at Concordia Cemetery Gardens
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