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Memphis Funeral Home & Memorial Gardens

3700 North Germantown Parkway, Bartlett, TN

OBITUARY

Carolyn Ann Furlotte

August 16, 1949July 30, 2020

Carolyn Ann Furlotte, 70, was a ray of sunshine that shone into the lives of everyone she encountered. She never met a stranger, and was quick with a smile, a hug, or words of wisdom or comfort. In good times, she was a cheerleader to her loved ones; at all times, she was a prayer warrior. In her presence one knew what love for one another should feel like. Her joy of living was infectious, reminding those around her to embrace each moment and to seek its lesson. Her light left this world on Thursday, July 30, 2020, but her love remains in those who knew her.

Carolyn was born August 16, 1949 in Memphis. She was the eldest child and only daughter of Robert Leroy and Annie Lee (Hamby) Hiltenbrand, and sister of Francis and Danny. She delighted over the years in calling Francis and Danny “Little Brother,” especially after they grew taller (if not by much!) than her 4’-11” stature. Carolyn was proof that good things come in small packages. Carolyn was a graduate of Sacred Heart Catholic School in Memphis and of the University of Dallas. After college, she returned to Memphis, where she taught high school for a time. She was a receptionist at the Cannon and Hunter neurology group before joining her father in his business, RH Data. Later she worked for his second wife, Jean, at Archives, Inc., where she developed a lifelong love of records management and organization. After Archives closed, she worked for Information Solutions, Inc. She was part of the Smith and Nephew staff from 1990 to her retirement five years ago as a Senior Legal Information Specialist. Carolyn enjoyed photography, family history, and reading, collected McCoy pottery, and did cross-stitch and knitting projects for home, family, and the homeless. She was active in her church, St. Ann’s Bartlett, and was for many years a devoted and hardworking volunteer for Susan G. Komen following her own recovery from breast cancer. In 2008, Memphis Woman magazine named her one of its “50 Women Who Make A Difference.” Wherever she went, whatever she did, Carolyn always gave at least 110%.

She cared for both of her parents and her brother Francis as their lives drew to a close, and surely she rejoices at their reunion in Heaven. She is also preceded by her sister-in-law Kitty, brothers-in-law Jimmy, Bobby, and David, and niece Katie. She leaves Tom, her devoted, loving husband of 24 years; brother Danny; sister-in-law Mary; nieces Rita, Donna, Jessica, Andrea, and Alane; nephews Josh, Stuart, David, and Chris; and a host of great- and great-great-nieces and nephews. We will always remember her love, her interest in our lives, and her unconditional support of all of us. We carry forth her legacies with the hope that we, too, can leave the world a better, more loving place. Memphis Funeral Home and Memorial Gardens in Bartlett has charge. Visitation is Friday, August 7 from 5-7 PM; service Saturday, August 8 at 10 AM; interment to follow on the grounds. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, masks and social distancing are required, capacity is limited, and the family is not hosting a reception. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to the Memphis Mid South Mississippi Affiliate of Susan G. Komen.

Services

7 August

Visitation

5:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Memphis Funeral Home and Memorial Gardens

3700 North Germantown Parkway
Bartlett, TN 38133

8 August

Funeral Service

10:00 am - 11:00 am

Memphis Funeral Home and Memorial Gardens

3700 North Germantown Parkway
Bartlett, TN 38133

8 August

Committal Service

11:00 am - 11:30 am

Memphis Funeral Home and Memorial Gardens

3700 North Germantown Parkway
Bartlett, TN 38133

Memories

Carolyn Ann Furlotte

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LINDA WELLS MANN

August 3, 2020

Carolyn and I were in the same class room for 2yrs. Although she always smiled and was friendly, I was embarrassed to talk because she was much more intelligent than me. I am so grateful we sat at the same table at our 50th reunion and was able to get to know her better. I found her to be loving and a beautiful person AND easy to talk with. She clearly loves Tom. GOD BLESS CAROLYN.

Cindy Tyler

August 3, 2020

Carolyn, you were just in my office less than two weeks ago and we had such a wonderful conversation. I will truly miss your happy smiling face around St. Ann. Thoughts and prayers to you and your family Tom.

Tina Parisi

August 3, 2020

I met Carolyn when I started work at Smith & Nephew. She was the most helpful co-worker, and trained me in how to do things "the Smith & Nephew way." I left the Company for 10 years but we kept in touch with monthly dinners, and picked right up where we left off when I came back to the Company 8 years ago. She was a great listener, a kindred spirit and just an overall good friend. I will miss her endless optimism and good counsel. She might have kept me from being called to HR on a couple of occasions. RIP, Carolyn, until we meet again.

Anita Jennings Huey

August 2, 2020

How do I comment about Carolyn and relay all I'd like to? I guess that's impossible. Carolyn became my Aunt and precious friend when I married her & Tom's nephew Griff in 2001. I came to love her and cherish her quickly. We shared in family gatherings and Race for the Cure and other social events which I realize now were all too few! When I went through RCIA (Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults) in the Catholic Church, I was told I needed a sponsor, someone who was Catholic, someone special to me. It took me about 10 seconds to think of Carolyn. She agreed and was there for me during a very important time. Carolyn inspired me with her words of Godly advice and wisdom and her genuine love and acceptance of me. I am so thankful that God brought her and Tom into my life. She will live on in my heart. Love to you, Uncle Tom. Prayers for you and all the family. Anita J

Judy Weddle

August 2, 2020

Carolyn and I were members of St. Ann-Bartlett parish and served in ministries at the same mass. We met in 2017 and discovered that both of us were breast cancer survivors. Carolyn recruited me as a volunteer for the Komen Foundation and mentored me in promoting our messages at health fairs and employer group meetings. She invited me to serve on the Race Committee and was a constant encourager and inspiration to live every day to the fullest. I will miss her deeply and will always remember her beautiful smile and her caring spirit. My deepest sympathies to Tom and all their family members. Rest in God’s peace and love my friend. ❤️

Kathy Robbins

August 2, 2020

Carolyn and I were sister-friends for 45 years. Life took us on many adventures... some fun and others not so much. We always laughed thru the good times... usually at LaHacienda...and commiserate the bad times...also at LaHa. I will miss her hugs and laugh so much but she will always be in my heart. Thank you God for blessing us with 45 years Praying for you Tom and Danny and her very special nieces and nephews❤️

barbara wiseman

August 2, 2020

I always remember people of God. God Bless you and please pray for me. Barbara Wiseman

Bill Clemmons

August 2, 2020

I worked with Carolyn at Smith & Nephew for many years until her retirement, and will cherish my memories of her. She was one of the sweetest, kindest, caring, and hardest-working people I've ever known. Everyone loved her.

Cathy Freres

August 2, 2020

High school classmate. Didn't know her well in school - we were from different parishes. Shared some classes, took a class outing to her father's offices. Our reunions are where I've gotten to know her a little better. Lots of fun at the reunions. Then, at the Race for the Cure. She was a tireless volunteer. I was a walker, a survivor like herself. God bless you Tom! We will all miss her!

Liz Carrozza

August 1, 2020

Carolyn and I attended OLS together in first and second grade. We reconnected in high school at SHHS, and then again through church and FB She was always a sweet and smart friend, and we enjoyed several discussions and lunches together in the past few years. She was dedicated to Tom, the SK Foundation, and was a compassionate survivor. So many will miss her and her special, caring personality. Prayers for her family.

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