Catherine Elizabeth Turner

August 20, 1981 - February 14, 2020
Catherine Elizabeth Turner


Catherine “Cat” Turner, 38, of Wilmington, passed away unexpectedly February 14, 2020.
Catherine was born August 20, 1981 in Charleston, SC, under a hurricane warning, no less. This may have been a foreshadowing of how Catherine would endeavor to live her entire life: A powerful surge of beautiful fury leaving in her wake the warmth and sunshine that could illuminate the worst of circumstances with love, relief and life.

Working at Diamonds Bar and Billiards in Ogden for seven years gave Catherine so many opportunities to do what she loved, meet new people, chat with acquaintances and listen to old friends.
Catherine was an avid Carolina Panthers fan, and a staunch supporter of Duke Blue Devil Basketball. She would gladly go toe to toe and explain in no uncertain terms how supporting any other team would be a rash waste of time. She played fantasy football and had a special bond with her dad, calling during every game to cheer on her teams and trash talk their opponents.

She never entered a room unnoticed, she lit up that room and filled it with her generous spirit, infectious laugh and clever sense of humor. Catherine loved to laugh – and, frankly, you simply couldn’t help but laugh with her.

Catherine lived life on the edge of every possibility, an authentic life – without apologies, without excuses and without regrets. Each day was a new opportunity, to do good, to be better, to discover something new.

She cared deeply for all things around her and would selflessly give whatever she had to anyone she felt needed it. She was a true example of a great friend, a great person…one we could all aspire to be. She was a woman committed to acknowledging a need in the world, and answering it, without any want for reciprocation or thanks.

She was a genuine person, drawing in people from all walks of life, with her acceptance and love. Her ability to balance honesty, love and gentle sensitivity in all things is what attracted people to her. She made and kept friends for a lifetime by being a great listener and a loyal and reliable friend.

Catherine knew no boundaries among friends and family. Her friends were her family, and her family were also her friends.

Catherine was an amazing sister. Sure, there were slamming doors and stubborn shouting matches, as with any adolescent siblings, but the love and devotion that Catherine and Amanda had for one another was tethered, rising above time and space, bound for life…bound for eternity.

Catherine Elizabeth Turner was a once in a lifetime kind of person. If you were fortunate enough to know her, to love her, you should count yourself among the blessed.

In her final example of true selflessness, Catherine had elected to be an organ donor, continuing to care for people even in her passing; giving of herself to improve someone else’s plight.

Catherine’s soul will rest peacefully with the fulfillment of her final choices. Her light will not dim, her laughter will never fade, her memory will endure as her commitment to generosity will inspire others and will carry on well beyond the periphery of where we can see now.

We could not be more proud of our girl, born under that hurricane warning, leaving in her wake a reinvigorated, beautiful future for others. Another new day for them, full of possibilities, draped in relief and hope, covered in Catherine’s spirit and good will.

Catherine leaves behind her parents, Dennis and Leslie Brown, her sister Amanda Turner, and her grandmother Jean Landrum, all of Fort Mill, SC; her grandmother Betty Morrison of Charleston, SC; her step-sister Missy Brown Adams, and her husband Marcus of Bessemer City, NC; her step-brother Robbie Brown of Charlotte, NC; and her half-sister Samantha Turner of Kansas.

Catherine also leaves behind her beloved dog, Cole, of Wilmington, NC.

The family would like to request that in lieu of flowers, please honor Catherine’s memory and her love for animals by making a donation to Adopt an Angel in Wilmington, NC; a no-kill shelter committed to finding forever homes for pets.

Catherine leaves behind so many friends and colleagues that the list is far too long to include here – but she would want you all to know that you all brought a steady and unwavering source of joy and fulfillment to her life.

Finally, the family would like to extend its deepest gratitude to the doctors and staff at New Hanover Regional Medical Center Intensive Care Unit, especially Catherine’s nurse Elizabeth, and Maria with NHRMC Donor Services. Everyone made every effort to ensure Catherine was comfortable, and her final wishes were honored. Their respect for her life and her choice to donate was handled with incomparable respect and dignity.

Also, for everyone who has reached out, for all of the kindness, support and prayers you have provided during this most difficult time, we are, and will remain, forever grateful.

A Celebration of Life gathering remembrance will be from 1 to 3 Saturday, February 22, 2020 at Wilmington Funeral Chapel.

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Wilmington Funeral & Cremation 1535 S. 41st Street, Wilmington, NC 28403 910-791-9099

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  • February 17, 2020
    Maureen Haggerty (Kyle’s Mom) says:
    RIP CatherineI never met you, but a friend of my son Kyle means you were awesomeGone too soon, another angel in heaven❤️We will all see you again somedayMy thoughts and prayers for your family & friends

  • June 01, 2020
    René Stephens says:
    Sweet Catherine....... I cannot begin to explain our relationship. You were so much more to me than a friend. We didn’t have to talk all of the time, we always were able to pick up where we left off like true family does. Almost 17 years of friendship gave me so much laughter, tears and healing but most of all I had an amazing human being in my life. Thank you Catherine for all that you were and all that you gave to me in my life. No one will ever know the bond you and I shared and it will forever remain that way. You lifted me up, taught me a craft that enabled me to support myself, gave me a home with you and your Grandmother in order to show me true unconditional love and help me in my time of need. We shared so much (even matching tattoos) but most of all we shared a mutual love and respect for one another that will forever remain with me. I love you so much but you knew that... You were the bake to my shake and things will never be the same without you. I know you are smiling, laughing and probably licking someone’s chicken wing right now while giving everyone your best Beyoncé walk... Sk8R done sister.. Shake n Bake forever. Until our souls meet again. Peace and love to her family and everyone that knew her. To her parents, thank you for giving me such a blessing. I am eternally grateful.

  • February 22, 2020
    Mann Cartrez Sinclair says:
    We kept each other bent over with laughter. All our pool parties and escapades of fun and friendship I will never forget. I miss you tons my sister. Rest In Heaven my friend. Until we meet again, "Stay Golden Pony Boy". I love you Catherine.

  • February 21, 2020
    Tania, Joe and Sofia Catenacci says:
    Cat you will be so very much missed...We are in a complete state of shock. Your warmth and kindness radiated where ever you went. I will always remember and cherish the times we spent together. You were so sweet and good with our Sofia and she loved seeing you and playing together. She gravitated to you because of your warmth and good nature. You were a natural with her. I’m so sorry we never got to take that third photo of you and Sofia as we were just discussing taking one each year of you and her. If only we could have hugged you a little tighter, a little longer, and never let you go the night we said goodbye, only a day or two before this tragic news. We love you. Rest In Peace Beautiful Angel.

  • February 20, 2020
    Beth Phillips says:
    Many prayers being said for Leslie & her entire family. Reading this beautiful obituary and knowing Leslie made me realize where Cat got her wonderful traits & personality.