Camille Ann Garey

August 9, 1941November 9, 2012

Camille Ann Garey, 71, passed away peacefully at home on the Garey Ranch on November 9, 2012 following a courageous battle with ovarian cancer. Always true to her character, she fought the illness with determination and poise. A longtime Georgetown, Texas resident, Cammy was born in Austin as Camille Ann Blackmore on August 9, 1941 to Roland Newton Blackmore and Velma Lundquist Blackmore.

Cammy graduated from Georgetown High School, and attended the University of Texas, Austin and the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston where she earned a degree in physical therapy. Mid-career and with two children in tow, she went on to post-graduate study in advanced orthopedic physical therapy at Kaiser Permanente Medical Center in Hayward, California. Cammy excelled in her physical therapy career, and from 1980 to 1986 she was the owner and senior therapist of her own thriving practice in Austin, Southwest Austin Physical Therapy Clinic.

In the early 1980s, Cammy met Jack Garey, whom she married on New Year’s Day in 1983. The two enjoyed a beautiful and loving marriage. They created a unique home in which they and their children joined together to create a family led by both a matriarch and patriarch. Cammy and Jack were best friends, partners and equals in addition to being devoted husband and wife.

As the years progressed, Cammy became interested in Brangus cattle and soon developed a top-quality breeding program for the Garey Ranch. While always a lady, Cammy also possessed unparalleled initiative and drive. Her commitment to excellence eventually led her to become the first—and only—woman president of the Texas Brangus Breeders Association. Her grace and intelligence allowed her to win the admiration of those around her.

Cammy was a leader in her community beginning in high school and throughout her adult life. She was Head Cheerleader at Georgetown High School and earned the Girl Scout Gold Award, Girl Scout’s highest honor. Cammy was crowned “Miss Williamson County of 1958” and time again proved to be a smart young woman, with plenty of beauty to spare! Over the past twenty years, Cammy continued her involvement in Georgetown and served as Executive Chairperson of several boards, including the Chisholm Trail Community Foundation, Georgetown Women’s Club and the Georgetown Healthcare System Auxiliary. She also served on the Board of Trustees for Southwestern University and Board of Directors for the Georgetown Community Clinic Foundation. She was a member of First United Methodist Church of Georgetown and the Citizens Advisory Committee to the Williamson County Regional Habitat Conservation Plan.

Cammy was recognized with many awards throughout her life, including Woman of Distinction by the Girl Scouts of Central Texas. She and Jack received the Jesse “Buz” Sawyer Award for Philanthropy from the Georgetown Chamber of Commerce for their significant contributions, increasing Georgetown’s quality of life and enriching the lives of others through scholarships to Southwestern University.

Cammy always treasured the outdoors and the wonderful community of Georgetown, where she grew up. She and Jack wished to preserve and share the scenic hill country of their Georgetown ranch with others. In 2004, Cammy and Jack announced they would donate their magnificent 525-acre ranch to the City of Georgetown to eventually be developed into a public city park. This generous gift was the largest in history to the city. While Cammy’s public involvement was significant, her greatest contribution was most definitely to her family. She was a remarkable wife, mother and “Grammy” to her four precious grandchildren. Her two daughters always looked to her for love and guidance and her grandchildren knew her to love them unconditionally. She faithfully attended their concerts, sporting events, and every extra-curricular activity they were a part of. She also shared her passion for travel by treating each grandchild to wonderful trips, unique one on one experiences. Her gift of time showed them that they were each number one in her heart! Cammy was an exemplary role model to all her family and friends and her positive influence will be cherished forever.

Cammy is survived by her husband Jack, daughter Jill Porter Conant and husband Jon, daughter Laura Porter Hall and husband Thomas, stepson Glen Garey, grandsons Christopher, Ryan and Will Conant, and granddaughter Catriana Hall.

She is also survived by sisters Shirley Blackmore Smith and Peggy Blackmore Tombs and brother James Blackmore. She is preceded in death by her mother Velma Lundquist Blackmore and father Roland Newton Blackmore.

The family wishes to thank Cammy’s dear friends who provided meals, love and laughter toward the end of her life. We also thank Hospice Austin and the wonderful team of caregivers who provided gentle comfort and care. Thank you also to the Chisholm Trail Community Foundation, which established the Cammy Garey Fund in honor of all her contributions and gifts of service.

Cammy’s life and spirit will be celebrated in a memorial service held at 2:00 p.m. on Sunday, November 18, 2012 at First United Methodist Church of Georgetown, 410 East University Avenue, Georgetown, Texas 78626. A reception will follow the service at the Garey Ranch.

Memorial donations may be made to the Cammy Garey Fund of the Chisholm Trail Community Foundation to which Cammy was instrumental in developing and passionate about for many years. CTCF is located at 116 West 8th Street, Georgetown, TX 78626, (512) 863 4186,

Arrangements by Cook-Walden Davis Funeral Home, 2900 Williams Drive, Georgetown, Texas 78628 (512)863-2564.


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Joyce Chambers McCart

November 28, 2012

I remember Cammy when her 2 daughters were friends with my 2 daughters at Westlake High School decades ago. I remember from that time Cammy's transition and choices made as a woman of spirit and courage. She remains a beautiful soul who will continue to touch others. Joyce Chambers McCart (Austin, Texas)

lisa quanci

November 20, 2012

what a beautiful tribute to a very special lady. big hugs to you jill and laura.

Jill Conant

November 19, 2012

I've just read and re-read all of the wonderful comments on our Mom and the significance she played in your lives and I can't thank you enough for your thoughtfulness!! Taking time to share your good memories and appreciation for the gift of Mom means more than words can say!!! God Bless and I hope you all have a beautiful and grateful Thanksgiving ~ Eat, drink and be merry! Maybe give a CHEERS! to our Mom ~ Cammy!

Mary and Will Pitts

November 18, 2012

What a beautiful lady! Our family adored Cammy and cherished her smile. She had so much to share with everyone who knew her. Blessings and peace to Jack, Jill, Laura and their families.

Debra Porter

November 17, 2012

I have wanting to find the right words to express my sadness for everyone. All I know is that someone so special and who gave so much to her family and others will always be missed. No words can really express that kind of loss.

Janet Ischy

November 16, 2012

Cammy had a way of placing the emphasis of every conversation onto YOU, even as youngsters back in our days of scouts, cheerleading, and water ballet (she loved swimming, and was an instructor and lifeguard). She excelled at whatever she pursued, and was a born leader and creative organizer. At UT Austin, we lived within blocks and were roommates one summer, where she could work miracles with schedules and budgets - maybe because of her part time and summer job at the Capitol in the Comptroller's office. Throughout our lives, she always took the time to listen and offer workable solutions to any problem.

She always had amazing projects underway - whether handling the business of her PT Clinic or her cattle and horses, knowledge and love of dogs, decorating the cabin on the hill so she and Jack would be closer to the 2-3 year construction on their dream home on the ranch, travel to Italy to study cooking or architecture or old masters' method of finishing stucco, decorating expeditions to Dallas and New York, seeing Jack's Heritage of Gold win so many awards, her love of books, travel, and education, her organizing a new area foundation to help so many, or her support of and presence at her grandchildren's events and special occasions.

In the mid-90s, some of us "returnees" to Central Texas started meeting monthly at the old Monument Restaurant (built on the site of our old Greenway's Drive-In of the 1950s). That tradition continues at various venues until as late as this past September.

On many occasions, she and Jack graciously shared their beautiful Garey Ranch and hosted not only part of the Class of 1959's 30th Reunion, but our Fiftieth Reunion in the fall of 2009, as well. She was so excited about her upcoming adventurous photo safari to Africa. Only a month or so after her return, the battle of her life began - but didn't keep her down long from enjoying trips with Jack and the rest of her family, or from enjoying her life with vigor. She always looked forward to the next great event in her life.

It is hard for Cammy's family and friends to think of a world without her, but she will live in our hearts and minds forever as one of life's most unforgettable people. We are grateful for her vision & thoughtfulness, love & caring, and humor & friendship. Our thoughts and prayers are with her family for a serene transition over the coming weeks and months.

November 16, 2012

Among the things I learned from Cammy is that at times life may seem harsh but is also full of grace and beauty. She brought a richness to life through humor, frankness and determination that makes me smile. I told her I would say - "WOW!" Liz Mealy

Severiano Gonzales

November 16, 2012

I like so many others knew Camille during high school. She always had a smile and a friendly "Hi" for everyone. I was a classmate of Jimmy "class of '61". I had the pleasure to chat with Camille and Jack at one of our school reunions. She was just as nice and pleasant as always to talk to. My thoughts and prayers are with her family.
God Bless,
Severiano Gonzales

November 14, 2012

Cammy was a very special lady. Roger and I spent many happy days at the Garey Ranch in Georgetown. We especially remember the Easter egg hunts!
Cammy made sure our son, Jonathan, was loved as part of their family. Her ability to make everyone she met important was a gift. We will miss her but treasure many happy memories.

Love, Carol and Roger Conant Naples, Florida

Marlene Small

November 14, 2012