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BRINLEY, Charlsie Nanny Marie
BRINLEY, Charlsie 'Nanny' Marie Born June 24, 1922, and celebrated her 92nd birthday in heaven with Jesus and her beloved husband Odis, her first grandchild Jesse Fortney, her brothers, Eugene and Alburn Mailey, her best friends, Tom and Della Mae Ralph, and other wonderful family and friends. She will be greatly missed by those who remain here who loved her so. She was born in Sand Mountain, Alabama. Her daddy came to California when she was 6 months old and brought her and her mother after he earned enough money picking oranges in Highgrove. Her family moved to the Antelope Valley in the fall of 1927. She attended Antelope Valley High School and on October 5, 1939, of her senior year, Odis picked her up from school and with Benny Ferrell and Christina Anderson they eloped and had a double wedding in Las Vegas. They returned to Antelope Valley and she lived here for the rest of her life except for 6 months, when she lived in Long Beach. In 1942 during World War II Odis failed his draft physical. He felt so bad they moved to Long Beach so he could work in the shipyards to help the war efforts. But in about 6 months they had to return to the dry weather because of his health. Charlsie worked at retail stores in the Valley and for the Palmdale School District doing the cashiering at schools in Palmdale. She also did housekeeping for Herbert King, a dear friend who was crippled. He took the time to teach her to do bookkeeping and income taxes. In 1970 she went to work for H&R Block. In 1971 she opened her own income tax service and worked side-by side with Odis. She sold the business in 1973 but worked for the new owner. The business was later sold to Tax Service Specialists and she worked for them from 1975 to 1989, the last 2 years working nights. In 1988 'Nanny' volunteered to work at Antelope Valley Christian School for one year. She worked in the front office enrolling new students, she did student medical records, and many other office and bookkeeping duties. Her one year stretched into 20 before she finally retired. Even then she worked on historical records at home. She is survived by her children... Leonard Brinley, Jim and Linda Harinek, and David and Patricia Ralph. She had 11 grandchildren and 22 great-grandchildren and she adored them all. She gave each great-grandchild a $100.00 savings bond when they were born. For every birthday until they are 16 and for every Christmas until they are 16 she gave them $50.00 savings bonds to help them with college. She was afraid she would not live until the youngest turned 16 so she purchased all of the bonds and placed them in envelopes to be given to them at Christmas as the years go by. If you were in her Sunday School Class, worked in her church, was a close friend, or a relative, you received cards from her. She sent cards of encouragement, birthday and anniversary cards, get well cards, thank you cards, and some that just said I'm thinking of you. She was a wonderful Christian lady and shared her Jesus with others. She lived the example Christ gave to us of 'Love one another'. A Celebration of Life' will be held at 11:30 am, Friday, June 27, 2014 at Faith Bible Church, 44746 Challenger Way, Lancaster. A luncheon will follow in the church fellowship hall. 'Nanny' requested that in lieu of flowers she would like donations made to the 'Nanny's Scholarship Fund' at Antelope Valley Christian School, 3700 West Avenue L, Lancaster, CA 93536. She established this fund many years ago and has given many graduating seniors college scholarships. She has told us all for years, 'I don't need anything, give to my scholarship fund'.

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