The Party With a Purpose for 85 Years

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We would like to share details for the celebration of Ronell Brindell’s amazing life, which will be held on Friday, August 19th from 2 to 4 pm at the Hughes Pavilion at Dixon Gallery and Gardens. We look forward to sharing memories with Jenny Brindell, Katie Brindell Diefes and their family.

Carnival Memphis shared their photo.

RIP Ruby Wilson, the Queen of Beale Street. Our city will be quieter without her great talent!

The incomparable Ruby Wilson!!

RIP Ruby Wilson, the Queen of Beale Street. Our city will be quieter without her great talent!

Carnival Memphis shared Heber Valley Obituaries‘s photo.

We share the incredibly sad news that Ronell Brindell has passed away. Ronell was very involved in Carnival Memphis and our community. Her two daughters, Jenny Brindell and Katie Brindell Diefes are both former Carnival Queens and Ronell was a Forgotten Woman. She was a great supporter and volunteer for our organization and was always willing to help whenever needed. Ronell Brindell offered great guidance to a neophyte Executive Director fifteen years ago. Ronell will be terribly missed by everyone who had the pleasure of knowing this one-of-a-kind lady. Our thoughts and prayers are with Jenny Brindell, Katie Brindell Diefes and their family. There will be a celebration of her amazing life on Friday, August 19th from 2 to 4 pm at the Hughes Pavilion at Dixon Gallery and Gardens.

The Life of Ronell Conner Brindell
1951 – 2016

Ronell Conner Brindell, born March 28th, 1951, passed away peacefully in her sleep on August 7th, 2016 in her haven, Park City, Utah. She is survived by her two daughters, Jennifer Sabiston Brindell of Miami Beach, Florida, and Katherine Brindell Diefes, together with her husband Hunter James, of Raleigh, North Carolina. She was a mother first and foremost, and her beautiful soul and spirit will live on through the lives of her two daughters. As Katie and Jenny often said, she was always their number one cheerleader. Additionally, she leaves behind her mother, Joan Kennedy Conner of Memphis, Tennessee; and her two sisters, Joyce Pacente, also of Memphis, and Marjorie Conner of Alexandria, Virginia. She also leaves behind her two nephews, Gus and Nick Pacente; and her niece, Emma Joan Conner. Last, but certainly not least, she leaves behind her “Chicago street dog,” Tory B. and her grand-dogs, Layla, Cooper, and Ellie. She was preceded in death by her father, William Harry Conner and her sister, Catherine Conner.

Ronell graduated from The Sacred Heart School in Memphis and received her Bachelors and Masters degrees from Memphis State University.
She was active in the Junior League of Memphis, as well as the Memphis Garden Club; she was also a member of The Church of The Holy Communion. She volunteered for various charities in both Memphis and Park City. Her long time love of nature and all things that grow shown through in the love and care that she put forth in her gardens in Memphis and Park City.
She loved friends as though they were family, never met a stranger, and her life and legacy will live on through the people whose lives she touched throughout her own. She exuded grace, loved fiercely, and brought the best out in everyone she knew. Ronell was a beacon of light and will be deeply missed by all.

A private graveside service will be held in Park City on August 11th, and a celebration of Ronell’s life will follow in Memphis on August 19th at the Dixon Gallery and Gardens. In lieu of flowers the family asks that donations in Ronell’s memory be made to Paws Chicago (www.pawschicago.org/how-to-help/donate/) or the Church Health Center (www.churchhealthcenter.org/) in Memphis Tennessee.
Arrangements are in the Care of Olpin-Hoopes Funeral Home, Heber City, Utah. Memories and condolences may be sent to the family at www.olpinhoopes.com

We share the incredibly sad news that Ronell Brindell has passed away. Ronell was very involved in Carnival Memphis and our community. Her two daughters, Jenny Brindell and Katie Brindell Diefes are both former Carnival Queens and Ronell was a Forgotten Woman. She was a great supporter and volunteer for our organization and was always willing to help whenever needed. Ronell Brindell offered great guidance to a neophyte Executive Director fifteen years ago. Ronell will be terribly missed by everyone who had the pleasure of knowing this one-of-a-kind lady. Our thoughts and prayers are with Jenny Brindell, Katie Brindell Diefes and their family. There will be a celebration of her amazing life on Friday, August 19th from 2 to 4 pm at the Hughes Pavilion at Dixon Gallery and Gardens.