Carolyn Ann Bennett Manges, 82 of The Villages, Florida passed away in the most Divine timing on August 15, 2022, in the place she found LOVE & LIFE, Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. This is where she met and married her late husband, Huey Griffith Manges, Chief, and later Public Safety Director of Port Everglades. Although her heart stopped beating, her ZEST, and determination for “LIVING Her BEST LIFE” now lives on in her family-son, Craig Newport & his wife, Shawna and daughter, Paige Newport Darby & her husband Dean, along with the lights of her life, her grandchildren-J.Edward(Nadia), Caroline, Caylee, Scarlett, Shylah and Connor & Aidan- and 2 great grandchildren, Kizeria & Zyaira. Her FAMILY was everything to her, her pride & JOY. So she spent her life hosting FUN-LOVING gatherings to bring everyone together. She SO enjoyed the connections she shared with her friends and her nieces and nephews. She was an OUTSTANDING host, not only on land, but in the friendly skies. A year before her she turned 40, she decided she wanted to see more of the world so she applied, and was selected, to be a flight attendant for United Airlines. Never afraid of adventure, and with her Faith and LOVE of the Lord, she moved her children more than a thousand miles away, from all family and friends, and she started a brand new career. Her love of TRAVEL and her CONSTANT need to get up & GO, earned her the title, “Go-Go”. Instead of Grandma, her grandchildren called her Go-Go! An incredibly loving Go-Go, mom, wife, friend, aunt, and sister, she was born at home, in Hahira, Georgia on March 8, 1940 to the late George Wiley and Bethene Bennett. Their small home was filled with a BIG family. The fourth of six children, including the late, Helen Davis(Leslie), Norman Bennett(Robin), Marjorie McDonald(Ernest), Louise Leonetti(John), and LaVerne Jackson(Wade), she grew up re-creating those feelings the comfort of HOME brought her. She followed in her mother’s footsteps & became an excellent seamstress, designing & sewing her own clothes and later creating drapes, slipcovers, costumes(for sorority rush), gowns, and anything else that could possibly be sewn together. She had CREATIVE insight and vision and could design and make anything she put her mind to, leading her and friend, MaryAnn, to even start a business, New Jo Originals. You could find their custom purses, ornaments, pillows and dolls at shows, in exclusive shops on Las Olas, and even in movies. She did this all while raising two children with their father, Jesse Herbert Newport III. She was a strong and most giving soul who lived her mantras, “kill em with Kindness” & “people will only do to you what you let them”, the latter giving her an admirable sense of strength, perseverance & independence. She counted, and gave thanks to the Lord for her MANY BLESSINGS everyday, while making sure we all did, too. And even tho her get up & go had slowed down in her last few years, she still so much appreciated the “GOOD”, overflowing love-filled life she was given. Her huge most grateful heart was seen and felt in her big beautiful smile and bright blue eyes. Gogo, welcome HOME, to your final destination, where the local time is eternal and everlasting love.

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