Carolyn Sue Lake Minnix, age 65, of Jones Run Road, Lumberport, formerly of Garrett County, Md., and Fort Myers, Fla., died at 3:45 p.m. on Sunday (July 20, 2008) at home with her family.

She was born Jan. 8, 1943, in Harrison County, a daughter of the late Lewis Lake and Vonda (Lohr) Lake.

She is survived by one son, David Eric “Dave” Hillyard and wife Rosemary; one dearly loved grandson, Eric Cole Hillyard, all of Lumberport.

Her beloved husband of 25 years, J.C. Minnix, whom she married June 9, 1967, preceded her in death on Fe. 14, 1992.

Surviving are four siblings, Barbara Burns, and husband Larry of Moyock, N.C., Virginia Lake, of Dexter, Ohio, Lewis “Bubby” Lake, and wife Cathie, of Moundsville and Brenda Saunders, and husband Bill of Goose Creek, S.C. An extra special niece Desirae (Saunders) Leonard and husband Steve, of Jacksonville, Fla. also survive, plus several other nieces and nephews. Also surviving are one step-son, Daniel C. Minnix and wife Connie of Shinnston; and one step-daughter, Sharon L. Minnix of Morgantown; five step-grand children, Danny Minnix of Shinnston, Cheryl Carey of Morgantown, Kim Minnix of Shinnston, Tracey Yann of Fairmont and Bobbie Jo McGary of Lumberport; and several step-great-grandchildren.

She was a graduate of Shinnston High School and attended West Virginia Business College. She worked for Goodyear Aerospace Corp. in Akron, Ohio; Commercial Hydraulics, Inc., in Shinnston for 17 years; and was co-owner of Caroline’s Farms and Produce in Arcadia, Fla. for several years.

“Granny Sue,” as she was called by many, loved spending her time outdoors. She enjoyed designing and building rock gardens and growing vegetables and flowers; especially the many varieties of hostas and sharing them with family and friends. She also enjoyed baking; especially cookies for her family. She attended the Lumberport United Methodist Church.

She had been a very avid water skier; tennis player and still enjoyed playing golf, especially with her grandson. She was very proud of the “hole-in-one” she made while residing in Florida.

Friends may call the Harmer Funeral Home, Shinnston, from 2-9 p.m. today. Funeral services will be held at the funeral home at 11a.m. Wednesday with the Rev. Olen Butcher-Winfree presiding. Interment will follow at the Shinnston Masonic Cemetery.

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