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Mackey Funerals and Cremations at Century Drive

311 Century Drive, Greenville, SC

OBITUARY

Karrah Griffin Leary

October 24, 1986February 8, 2019

Karrah Leary, one of the brightest, with her ever present wit and smile, took flight to Heaven on the evening of February 8, 2019 in Greenville, S.C. after battling a devastating illness.

Karrah Leary, 32, was born on October 24, 1986 in Morristown, New Jersey. She was preceded in death by her maternal grandparents, Chaplain (Col.) Johnson Griffin, Rebecca Griffin, and her fraternal grandparents Harvey Leary and Betty Leary. Karrah is survived by her father, Michael Leary, her mother, Rebecca Leary, her sister, Brielle Leary, and her fiancée, Stephen Fusco.

Karrah was a 2005 graduate of Girls Preparatory School, Chattanooga, TN and a graduate of Furman University located in Greenville, S.C. in 2008. She obtained her Juris Doctorate from the University of Tennessee Law School in 2011. Karrah was licensed to practice law in Tennessee, North Carolina, and South Carolina.

In addition to being academic, her warmth and laughter infected all she touched. She had a passion for those in need, with both two and four legs. She was able to enjoy the experience and learnings of travel and shared her talents of music and theater with others.

The service honoring Karrah’s life on Earth will be at St. James Episcopal Church, 301 Piney Mountain Road, Greenville, S.C. 29609 on Friday, February 15, 2019 at 4:00 p.m. Visitation with the family will be held at the church at 3:00 p.m. There will be a private burial in Asheville, N.C. on February 16, 2019. As many of you are aware, Karrah, never wanted to inconvenience anyone. To accommodate those out of town, who wish to honor Karrah, her service will be available at stjamesgreenville.org via the live stream button on the home page and recorded for future viewing.

“Remember when you leave this earth, you can take with you nothing that you have received-only what you have given: a full heart enriched by honest service, love, sacrifice, and courage.”- Saint Francis of Assisi

There are so many organizations who are in need of financial donations or time commitments to make life on Earth more comfortable. In lieu of flowers or memorial gifts, we invite you to invest in your passion and make the world a better place to honor Karrah.

  • FAMILY

  • Michael Leary, Father
  • Rebecca Leary, Mother
  • Brielle Leary, Sister
  • Stephen Fusco, Fiancée

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Services

  • Visitation

    Friday, February 15, 2019

  • Funeral Service

    Friday, February 15, 2019

Memories

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Becky Jacobs

June 19, 2019

I just learned of Karrah’s passing, and I am stunned and will truly mourn. Karrah mediated in the Mediation Clinic that I direct, and she was, as those who knew her might imagine, exceptionally skilled as a mediator and enriched the lives of all those with whom she came in contact, including my own. Karrah creatively encouraged parties, and her peers, to be positive and to seek common ground; she was a unique and wonderful young woman.

April Adams

March 18, 2019

I got the honor of meeting Karrah a couple of years ago. I was so saddened today when I thought I would get to see her, only to learn she has went to be with our Father. Karrah’s smile was contagious and her beautiful spirit flooded the room whenever she would walk in. I’m truly heart broken. You are going to be terribly missed! Even though we only had a hand full of encounters, you changed my life. Thank you for that. Prayers for the Leary Family.

David Lufkin

February 19, 2019

KARRAH and I had a case up here in Knoxville and we were cordial and enjoyed the fight. But then she disappeared from the case, and from the practice. I tried to locate her, unsuccessfully, so I feared the worse. Lost my first wife from cancer at 33, so I know the pain. KARRAH was everything a good attorney should be [clearly the same could not be said by her replacement] and I am very sorry for your loss.

Laura Mobley

February 17, 2019

I had the privilege of meeting Karrah through friends while I attended law school in Knoxville. Karrah was always upbeat and positive. She made other people happy when she was around. Karrah had a dedicated, giving spirit and she will truly be missed.

Adelaide Calbry-Muzyka

February 15, 2019

I was heartbroken to hear the news about Karrah. I can’t even begin to list all the wonderful memories I have from our middle school years, but here’s one that might make people smile — remember when she wanted to be a rapper named Skiddlez? (Like Eminem, just a different candy, get it?). And then as we got older, even though I moved away and we only saw each other every few years, she always made me feel like I was still part of the group whenever I visited. I’m so glad I got to see her not too long ago — to be able to see that adult Karrah had gotten more confident, even more hilarious, without ever losing a shred of the immense kindness and heart that I loved in my middle school friend.
To the Learys, all my thoughts are with you today.

Lorin Butler

February 15, 2019

Karrah has had and will always have an impact on my life. I don’t think I could have survived Furman University without her. I always count my blessings for being lucky enough to have been paired with her as a roommate in the summer DC experience. We just clicked. She was one of the most pure-hearted, kind people I knew. She always made me smile, and I was proud in having someone like her as a friend. She was one of the best people I have ever known, and I will miss her dearly for the rest of my life.

Marc & Penny Carpenter

February 15, 2019

Karrah was a beautiful young lady. We are so very sorry for your loss. May God's peace surround you all. With heartfelt sympathy. Thinking of you today.

jon newman

February 15, 2019

Mike and Becky,

I am so deeply saddened by the loss of your beautiful daughter Karrah. Mike and I shared many stories about 'your' girls and 'my' boys throughout their early childhood. I wish I could help minimize the pain you must feel.

Please know you are in my thoughts and prayers.

With love and sorrow,

Jon Newman

Nikki (Massingill) Sloan

February 14, 2019

I am so sorry to hear about Karrah. I did plays with her at ACT and we did Anne of Green Gables together at DAFY. She was remarkable - even at a young age. She was so mature and was meticulous with her work. I was in awe of her and her abilities, and I was quite a bit older. There is nothing I can say to help - just know she left an impression on me. Peace and love be with you all.

Amy Mohan

February 13, 2019

Karrah and I were in the same section our 1L year and had many study sessions together that first year. She was always kind, bright, and positive. I remember studying civil procedure at my apartment in Knoxville over spaghetti and meatballs! I'm praying for your entire family during this very difficult time.

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