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Nancy Brinks

Nancy Brinks

March 16th, 1937 - April 24th, 2022

Nancy's Obituary

Nancy Jean Brinks, 85, of South Haven passed away Sunday, April 24th, 2022 at her home under Hospice Care with her loving special “Angel” shih tzu by her side. She was born March 16th, 1937 to Kenneth & Eleanor (Dawe) Claflin in South Haven, Michigan. She married Richard Brinks Sr. on November 26th, 1983 at the First United Methodist Church. Nancy enjoyed working at Bohn Aluminum, followed by Citizen Trust & Savings Bank until her retirement.

Nancy is preceded in death by her husband, Richard Brinks Sr., in 2016, and both of her loving brothers, William & James Claflin.

She volunteered and was very active in her church; First United Methodist, where she co-founded “Open Door” that offers a free community dinner each week.

Nancy was an avid reader, a bird enthusiast, and was passionate about her flower gardens. She loved the color purple, laughing, her family, friends and her faith. Nancy, affectionately known as “Trixie” touched the lives of so many people during her lifetime and was able to accomplish so many things. She was able to travel to Alaska as an adult and was looking forward to going back, as well as taking additional time to travel before her short battle with lung cancer took her so soon.

Nancy leaves behind her five step-children whom she loved as her own; Audrey Frabe, Dennis (Mary) Brinks and Kip Brinks all of South Haven, Rich Brinks of Fennville, and Roger (Julia) Brinks of Mattawan. She was a cherished grandmother to 9 grandchildren & 11 great-grandchildren. Surviving also is a sister-in-law; Judy Claflin, a niece, Kelly (Jeff) Shemberger, and two nephews, Tim (Shelly) Claflin and Eric (Melissa) Claflin. Nancy also leaves behind a family of close, loving and cherished friends; Sandy Anderson, Jim & Janet Bartel, Dixie Capps, Carol Collins, Helen Decker and friends from Maxwell Place, who will all feel her loss immensely.

In keeping with her wishes, cremation has taken place. A Memorial gathering will be held Saturday, May 7th, 2022. from 11 a.m. until the time of the Memorial Service at 1 p.m., at Filbrandt Chapel, 1076 S. Bailey Avenue, South Haven, MI. The family would like to thank Hospice as well as the wonderful Home Sweet Home health aides for their loving care. In lieu of flowers, donations in memory of Nancy may be made to either the Al-Van Humane Society 07591 Blue Star Hwy #9769, South Haven, MI 49090 or the First United Methodist Church 429 Michigan Ave, South Haven, MI 49090. To view Nancy’s personal webpage please visit; www.starksfamilyfh.com Arrangements have been entrusted to Filbrandt Chapel-Starks Family Funeral Homes and Cremation Services. 269-637-0333.

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