Miriam "Mimi" Brake Kemp

May 1, 1939August 17, 2013
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Miriam “Mimi” Brake Kemp went home to be with the Lord on August 17, 2013. Mimi was born May 1, 1939 in Rocky Mountain, NC. She grew up in Portsmouth, VA, graduating from Woodrow Wilson High School where she was crowned homecoming queen. Mimi moved to Jacksonville in 1965 to care for her ailing mother.

Known for her generous and caring spirit, Mimi was happiest when she was helping others in the community and was known for feeding the homeless at Thanksgiving time, which affectionately earned her the nickname “Turkey Lady”. She was a devout Catholic who attended St. Paul’s Catholic Church regularly, instilled the Catholic faith within her children and grandchildren, and witnessed with great joy, sharing God’s love with all.

She is predeceased by her daughter, Miriam Dare Crouch. Mimi is survived by her husband of 33 years, Charles Holland Kemp; her children, Amber Lynette Crouch, Frederick Nicholas Crouch, VI, Holly Lynn Hudson (Thomas), Michael Charles Kemp (Cindy), Christopher Norman Kemp and Jennifer Lynn Murphy; and 3 brothers, numerous grandchildren, cousins, nieces, nephews and other relatives.

The family will receive friends from 6-8pm Tuesday, August 20 at Hardage-Giddens Funeral Home, 1701 Beach Blvd. Jacksonville Beach. Funeral Mass will be held 11am Wednesday, August 21 at St. Paul’s Catholic Church, 435 1st Ave. N., Jacksonville Beach.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Mimi’s name to Catholic Charities of Jacksonville, 134 E Church St. Jacksonville, FL 32202, (904) 354-4846 or to Dreams Come True, Arrangements by Hardage-Giddens Funeral Home, Jacksonville Beach 904-249-2374


  • Funeral Service Wednesday, August 21, 2013
  • Visitation Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Miriam "Mimi" Brake Kemp

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Lorenza Ricardo Carson

September 5, 2013

Charlie, with all my love I send my deepest condolence to you and all the family. MiMi shared a wonderful life with you at her side. God be with you.

Lorenza Ricardo Carson

September 1, 2013

My Beautiful Loving Sister, All Those Wonderful Years We Shared We Shall See Each other Again Someday. I Love You.

Kerri Landress

August 21, 2013

Mrs. Kemp was a sweet lady, and I enjoyed spending time with her while she was at the McGraw Center. (I volunteer there, and visited with her a lot while she was there.) Charles, you have my sympathies. I met you while you were visiting your wife one day, and my heart goes out t you. She always talked about you... and she loved her feet rubbed! My condolences to you and your family.
Kerri Landress, Hospice Volunteer

Gloria Williams

August 20, 2013

My sincere condolences in the passing of Mimi. May you find comfort in knowing that you now have your own special angel to watch over you. Love, Gloria

Gail Sellers

August 20, 2013

I'm so sorry to hear that Mimi has passed away. She was my dear friend for a long time. Amber, would love to hear from you?
Sending my love to Charlie and the family......Love Gail!

Tricia Terry

August 20, 2013

I met Mimi after she married Charlie. She was a grand person - kind, loving and generous. Always looking out for others before herself. The world lost a great person and we all lost a wonderful friend when Mimi passed on to her lord's safekeeping.

Teressa Brake Evans

August 19, 2013

Aunt Mimi, you will forever be in my thoughts and prayers. May you sleep tight and fly with the angels, your home now. I love you !!!

God Speed to our Turkey Lady,
With Love and Prayers,
Teressa Brake Evans & Family

Jenny Murphy

August 19, 2013

May you rest in peace.

Karen Jefferies

August 18, 2013

God received his Angel today !