TWINSBURG -- When reflecting on the life of former Board of Trustees president Carrie Hinton, Twinsburg Library Director Laura Leonard said Hinton was an active and energetic woman.
"She loved to roller skate," Leonard said. "She was roller skating even recently."
Ms. Hinton, who died Dec. 26, 2016, was someone who loved to dance, and eagerly participated in the many activities the library sponsored.
Ms. Hinton joined the Twinsburg Public Library Board of Trustees in 1991, "before the library was in this location," Leonard said. She also served two 2-year terms as president, one in 2001-02 and one in 2015-16.
"She saw the move, and our expansion in 2008," Leonard said.
Ms. Hinton was a huge fan of the Cleveland Cavaliers, and was thrilled when the team took home a championship, Leonard said.
Leonard said she had known Ms. Hinton since she joined the library as a teen librarian in 1997.
"She was known to point out the grammar errors in the meeting minutes, and she made sure that Robert's Rules of Order were followed," Leonard said. "But she did it in a nice way."
Library Board member Mary Johnson agreed about Ms. Hinton's knowledge of Robert's Rules and insistence on conducting meetings properly.
"My husband and I knew her from the Toastmasters group she was in," Johnson said. "She asked us to be judges at an event she was involved in. I remember she was very strict about proper diction and grammar. She believed in not only being well-educated, but sounding like you were well-educated. When she was president, she knew exactly the right way to use Robert's Rules of Order. She was known to be very conservative and a very good library board member. She will be missed."
Ms. Hinton loved her family, Leonard said.
"She was always bragging on her nephews," she said.
Leonard said that Ms. Hinton traveled extensively, with excursions to Egypt and South America, and that the staff always looked forward to hearing where her next adventures would take her.
According to information provided by the family, Ms. Hinton traveled to all 50 states and six continents -- more than 30 different countries in total.
Johnson said that she considered Ms. Hinton to be a "life-long learner."
"She was not just active as a Trustee of the library, but an active user," Johnson said. "When I went to the library, I frequently saw her in the stacks, in the Friend's room, or taking a computer class."
Allison Chance, fiscal officer at the library, said that Ms. Hinton "was well-adored." Ms. Hinton's family hosted an 80th birthday party for her Oct. 14. Chance said it was well-attended.
"When your Sunday School class goes to your 80th birthday party, that says something about a person," Chance said. "People from all over attended, from Alabama, Cleveland and Twinsburg."
Library board member Walt Hoffman, who said he had known Ms. Hinton for at least 20 years, said that "there are so many positive things to say about her, I don't know where to start."
"She truly loved Twinsburg and Twinsburg Township," Hoffman said. "She was a fun, loving person. She was someone very special, and we are going to miss her."
Twinsburg School Board of Education President Mark Curtis highlighted Ms. Hinton during the board's Jan. 4 meeting, praising her community involvement.
"Ms. Hinton was very active in the library and she served the entire school district," Curtis said. "She will be missed."
Ms. Hinton served as a clerk-typist for the Twinsburg Board of Education from 1956 to 1960, and was Board of Education secretary from 1960 to 1963.
Johnson called Ms. Hinton "very stylish."
"She not only had a smile on her face, but was always impeccably dressed," Johnson said. "I remember she once complimented me on an outfit I was wearing, and I said I wished I had a silver top to go with it. Some time later, she approaches me and gives me a silver top she had found in her travels."
Ms. Hinton refused to accept money for the top, insisting that it was a gift, Johnson added.
Ms. Hinton also "had a beautiful garden."
"When I was struggling with my garden, she showed me hers and told me about what she had planted," Johnson said.
According to information from the family, Ms. Hinton was an active member of the Mount Olive Missionary Baptist Church in Twinsburg, of which she was a member since July 1949.
Ms. Hinton is survived by sister of Athelstine Malone and Miley Hinton; and was the aunt of Ralph Malone, George Malone and Shawn Malone.
It would take an entire book to detail the life and legacy of our dear Carrie and what she meant to our Twinsburg community. She was a shining example of what can be achieved with hard work and perseverance and devotion to principle rather than principal. Carrie was FAMILY to me and will surely be missed beyond measure by those of us who loved and admired her.