Carolyn Bell Greer, age 86, of Windermere, Florida, died peacefully on Nov. 9, 2023, at home.
A true Florida native, Carolyn graduated from Lake Worth High School and Florida State University. She thrived at FSU earning Mortar Board, Garnet Key, Hall of Fame and Tarpon Club awards. Carolyn also established herself in sports, exercise and nutrition, which would be lifelong pursuits.
Carolyn and Don married in 1960, moved to Tampa, and then Winter Park before settling in Windermere in 1970. Carolyn never lacked energy or enthusiasm for endeavors that needed willing hands. These would include political campaigns, the Windermere Town Council, a new sidewalk running through town, youth group suppers, girl scout leadership, tennis and golf teams, accredited golf course rating all over Florida, Bloom and Grow Garden Club, bridge lessons, weeding specialist, and later her own yard care business.
Carolyn also never turned away a friend, or stranger for that matter. She could entertain at a minute’s notice. She hosted volleyball parties, family reunions, overnight friends (and friends of friends), church groups, family members needing a landing spot and so many more.
She taught and encouraged countless kids and adults to swim, ski, sew, golf, exercise more, find healthy foods and find their faith. She and Don have been faithful members and stewards of the Church of the Messiah in Winter Garden for almost 55 years.
Carolyn was predeceased by her parents, Donald Hullinger Bell and Margaret Haley Bell.
She is survived by her husband of 63 years, Donald Ramsey Greer, their daughters, June Greer Rhyne (Al) and Kathleen Greer; their son, Scott Greer (Holly); and eight grandchildren, Bo (Whitney), Ben (Meredith), Haley and Anna Rhyne; Ramsey and Carmen Rossmann; Mason and Molly Greer. She also leaves behind her two devoted canine companions.
A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Feb. 2, 2024, at The Episcopal Church of the Messiah, 241 N. Main St., Winter Garden, FL 34787. In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials to the church.