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Camellia Penny Wright

September 9, 1939June 23, 2020

September 9, 1939 – June 23, 2020 Camellia Anne Penny Wright, 80, was born and raised in Homewood, AL and resided in Huntsville, AL for the last 30 years. She is survived by her sister, Gerrie Penny (Long Beach, WA); 3 daughters, Susan Wright, Missy Wright Morris (Michael) and Wendy Wright Wiggins (Craig); 5 grandchildren, Jonah, Tyler, Christian, Taya and Jake. She was preceded in death by her parents, Clarence and Evelyn Penny. Anyone who knew Cam could tell you she was smart, quick-witted and fiercely loyal to the people she loved. She enjoyed spending time with her daughters, bragging on her 5 grandchildren who called her Camey, watching Alabama football, Hallmark & Lifetime movies even when she had already seen them twice before, working crossword puzzles and talking to her dear friends. She was always ready to lend an ear to someone who needed to talk and loved to spread humor and smiles. She was a strong, loving and honest woman who protected those she loved with a fierce ‘mama bear’ approach. But mostly she will be remembered as Mother – who raised us and went without so many things because her girls needed them more, or the grandkids needed another toy. She loved to be surrounded by family, friends and chocolate. Mom fought colon cancer with everything she had for 3 long years. She was fighting to the very end. But she went with dignity, grace and her daughters right by her side. Heaven gained an amazing angel that day. Those of us who are left behind will miss her terribly but know she is at peace now with God and her family. We would like to thank the Adult ICU staff at HH Women’s and Childrens Hospital for their kindness and care of Mother to the very end. We would also like to thank Dr. Rosa Michel Ortega and the nurses at The Cancer Center, Huntsville, for doing everything they could to help Mom’s quality of life. You are truly angels among us for what you do every day. In lieu of flowers, the family asks you to donate in Mother’s name to either the American Cancer Society at donate3.cancer.org or to The Cancer Center of Huntsville at HuntsvilleHospitalFoundation.org/get-involved/give-now and select the Robin Stewart Memorial Fund. A family graveside service will be held Sunday, June 28th at 11 am in Elmwood Cemetery.


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    Sunday, June 28, 2020


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Vicki Pierson Dixon

June 26, 2020

What wonderful memories I have visiting the Penny’s. Camellia and Gerrie are two of my favorite cousins ♥️ Camellia loved her girls and life with joyous enthusiasm. Our family will miss her beautiful smile and infectious laugh. My thoughts and prayers are with her daughters and sister. Love from Texas Vicki

Gerrie Penny

June 26, 2020

When I was brought home from the hospital right after I was born, I had a big sister waiting for me. Mom said Sis wasn’t so sure about me. She thought I might take all her toys & dolls so she hid them. It didn’t take her long to realize I was no threat to any of her belongings so she warmed up to me, so much so she treated me like one of her toys. I have no memories of any of this but know that she was always there in my earliest memories. She figured out how to get me to take my first steps by running just out of range with the brightest star for the Christmas tree. This I remember. I tried to catch that star but she kept moving ahead of me just inches out of my reach. When I realized I could not only walk but run, that was a day Sis would soon regret. I never left her side! She was my idol! I just wanted to be near her at all times. She could get me to do anything she wanted, like picking berries she wanted that were close to where a lot of bees were. I got chased by them but not stung. Ran into a hook & cut my eye but Sis came along & got help for me. She was the best “big”sister you could ask for. She always listened to my woes & gave excellent advice. As we matured into adults with our interests taking us separate ways, we never failed to speak regularly. Miles cannot diminish the love between sisters. I’ll miss you Sis!

Jeanette Gerald

June 25, 2020

Thirty one years ago in September, Camellia, Aunt Blink & I went to visit Gerrie in Vancouver, WA. We had a blast & got to celebrate Camellia’s 50th b’day!
Gerrie took us everywhere in her VW van,
talk about a “hippie”. Blink was so embarrassed! Especially when Camellia & I had to get out & push the van off so it would start when a Gerrie popped the clutch. That is one of the best trips I ever took!
Camellia & I went to the Smokies before she got sick. We had a little tire problem with my car. We went to Walmart, “Camellia was very familiar with Walmart“
to get the tire fixed. It was there that she paid Flynn Gerald the best compliment he has ever had. We had Nextel’s back then & I was giving Flynn down the country because he didn’t fix my tire before I left on the trip. He apologized to me & said he should have taken care of it, she could hear him
& took my Nextel & said “Flynn you are the best man I know, even if you are my cousin, to say I’m sorry to your wife. Of course that made his day & said thank you Meale Worm, you know I’m your favorite cousin! We will miss our Meale Worm but she is In our hearts forever along with many, many other precious memories!!
Love to all, Flynn & Jeanette