Celebrating the life of Carol Tingleff Hills
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Carol Tingleff Hills, 94, passed away peacefully at Sunnyview Nursing Home in Warwick, RI on November 12, 2023. She was predeceased by her sons, Jeffrey Kiffen Kinder and Robert Cleveland Kinder. She was also predeceased by Bard C Hills, her loving husband of 17 years. Mother to Chris Kinder and grandmother of Abigail and Sarah Kinder. Affectionately known as Grandma Carol to Bard’s grandson, Garrett Chamberlin, and Aunt Carol to his grandchildren Emily and Evan Hills. Survived by Garrett's parents Nancy and Ted Chamberlin and Sue and David Hills, parents of Emily and Evan. Survived by many cousins, nieces and nephews.
Born in Billings Montana, Carol was the only daughter of Irene Mapes Tingleff and Harry N Tingleff. Carol grew up in Avoca Iowa and attended Nebraska Methodist School of Nursing and graduated as a Registered Nurse in 1951. Nicknamed “Tingy” she kept nursing school friendships for decades. Carol worked various hospitals before and after her first marriage, but dedicated herself to raising her 3 children for many years. She was a caring and resilient mother who always put up with the Kinder boys’ shenanigans, but would always welcome their friends into her home. Carol was a RN at Scandinavian Home in Cranston, RI for 11 years and at Insight in Warwick, RI for 10 years. Her greatest pleasure was working as a volunteer Docent at Roger Williams Zoo for over 25 years. She loved to educate the children on various animals and enjoyed taking her grandchildren to the zoo to spend time with them. “Gma” was the best in the eyes of her grandchildren.
Carol devoted her life to God and was a member of the vestry at Transfiguration Church in Cranston. She sang in the Choir at Trinity Church in Cranston and taught Sunday School for many years and helped to organize various outings and functions. Carol was the past President of the Edgewood Garden Club where she proudly displayed her work in Pawtuxet Village and wrote many articles (mostly on animals) for The Bridge in Edgewood. Carol was a member of the RI Diabetic Outpatient Educators. Previous member of The Samaritans and Edwards Home Episcopal Housing.
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