Virginia L. Brink

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Virginia Lee Brink of Saranac Lake was born in Washington, D.C. on Jan. 29, 1923, and passed away on Wednesday, July 19, 2017.

Virginia spent most of her childhood in Langley, Virginia with her mother and father, Effie Virginia Revercomb and Luke Woodward Revercomb and her brother, Everett Eugene Revercomb. She attended Martha Washington College before going to work as a secretary in the Executive Office Building in the Roosevelt administration.

Virginia met the love of her life, Russell Horace Brink at a dance studio in Washington, D.C. The two married on Jan. 12, 1944. Russell served as an officer in the Navy during the Second World War. The two raised their two children in McLean, Virginia. Virginia’s life focused on her family and her home, constantly providing love, support and security.

When her husband retired, he and Virginia moved permanently to Saranac Lake, enjoying Kiwassa Lake and the community around the lake. Virginia was a dedicated volunteer at the Paul Smith’s College Visitor Interpretive Center, Adirondack Medical Center and various beautification projects in the town.

She was an active participant in the lake association and often hosted parties for the families around the lake. Virginia enjoyed playing mahjong with her close friends. Virginia enjoyed watching the birds at her bird feeder, particularly the hummingbirds. She anxiously awaited the arrival and mating of the loons on Kiwassa Lake and worried about them as if they were her own children.

She missed the cardinals when she moved north, but she was happy to see them in Connecticut when she visited her daughter’s home. She famously painted watercolors of the birds and the Adirondack scenery as well as decorating china, which she fired in her own kiln.

For many years, Russell and Virginia escaped the Saranac Lake winters by living at their home in New Smyrna Beach, Florida, where they made many long lasting friends.

She is survived by her daughter Linda Faye Clough and son-in-law George H. Clough III of Old Lyme, Connecticut; her grandchildren Brandon Tibbetts of Hometown, Illinois, Megan Davidson of East Lyme, Connecticut, Emily Louise Livelsberger and her husband Joel Livelsberger of Columbia, Maryland, Andrew Abraham Brink of Canton; and her great-grandchildren Fletcher Robin MacKay, Emerson Russell Cole, Colter Steven Davidson, Madeline Faye Davidson, Casey Harrison Tibbetts, Julia Livelsberger and Jayden Livelsberger. Virginia also leaves her cherished companion, Copper the cat, one of many cats and dogs that she loved and cared for during her life.

Virginia was predeceased by her husband, parents and brother. She also was predeceased by her son, Larry Woodward Brink.

Our special thanks to the staff at Crescent Point at Niantic, Connecticut, an assisted living facility, for all the special care and friendship they provided, not only to Virginia, but also her family.

Virginia and Russell’s ashes will be buried in a family plot in Virginia. Services will be private for family only.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Paul Smith’s College Visitor Interpretive Center, 8023 state Route 30, Paul Smith’s, NY 12970 or to a charity of the donor’s choice.