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Camilla Carr Brinner


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Camilla Carr Brinner

Memphis, TN

Camilla Carr Brinner, 38, died peacefully at home in Memphis, TN, on Thursday, August 10, 2017. She was born on May 30, 1979, in Memphis, to beloved parents, Judge Bo and Mary Carr, and raised in Memphis with adored brother, Oscar. She attended Hutchison School, where the friendships she made in childhood sustained her throughout life. She graduated from the University of Tennessee, where she added to an enormous cadre of friends of every age and walk of life. She had natural ability in art and dance, and enjoyed both from an early age. As Queen of Carnival Memphis in 2000, the most enriching experience for Camilla's was spending time with children at LeBonheur and St. Jude Hospitals. Professionally, Camilla represented Marx-Bensdorf as a real estate agent.

In every circumstance Camilla's gift of making friends was extraordinary. Her buoyant personality, quick wit, and irresistible charm and grace, coupled with a childlike heart of unconditional love, fostered a distinction of Camilla, not only as a joyful sprite, but as a loving stronghold of loyal support. Intuitive, outspoken, and colorful, Camilla was unendingly sought out for her perspective on every facet of life. Her wisdom was unfailingly delivered in her inimitable, expressive signature style. When she had a laughing fit, she grabbed your arm as if to pass the happiness on to you. Her emblematic, straightforward truthfulness, though witty and loving, created foundational strength that helped everyone face life's vagaries. With so many gifts, Camilla focused them all on the greatest love of her life, son, Richard, 8. Richard is Camilla's living legacy in body and in spirit, for he has her exuberance and fun-loving joie de vivre while loving fiercely. With life centered on Richard, surrounded by closest family, and widened to a sea of friends, life in its entirety, for Camilla, was imbued with an unshakable faith in God, Who was her declared strength through all.

Camilla Carr Brinner is survived by son, Richard Matthew Brinner, mother, Mary Leatherman Carr, brother, Oscar Clark Carr IV (Lauren), aunts, Irene Leatherman Brownlow of Memphis, Scott Carr Adams (John) of Pawley's Island, South Carolina, Blanche Carr Symons (Neil) of London, England, E'Lane Carr Tipton of Columbia, South Carolina. She is predeceased by her father, Judge Oscar Clark Carr III, grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Samuel Richard Leatherman III (Carroll), Oscar Clark Carr, Jr. and Billy Fisher Carr Houghton. The family wishes to thank particularly the love shown to Camilla by Jesse Walker and Louise Patton.

Reception will be in the Parish Hall of St. John's Episcopal Church, 3245 Central Avenue, on Monday, August 14, 2017, at 12 - 2pm, with funeral service at 2pm in the Sanctuary of St. John's Episcopal Church. Burial follows the service immediately at Elmwood Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation.
Published in The Commercial Appeal on Aug. 13, 2017
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