Camille Aimeé Stringfield-Reynolds
50 Years Old

April 29, 1960 to January 16, 2011

Camille Aimée Stringfield-Reynolds was the beloved daughter of Leonard H. and Dell R. Stringfield, sister to Denise Stringfield-Sparks and Colette Stringfield-Rhodes, and devoted mother to Amber Aimee and Autumn Yvonne Reynolds.

Camille showed an artistic bent from the time she could lift a pencil or pair of scissors, always running into the room with one of her creations to show us.  She had a quiet personality...slow to speak, quick to listen.  Gifted with a special affinity towards animals in need, she lovingly nurtured her assorted pets, plus stray dogs and cats and the deer and wild creatures of the woods behind her house.  She had a remarkable way of holding an animal ever so gently and tenderly nuzzling it to her face.

After Mariemont High School, Camille pursued a degree in commercial art at the now closed Central Art Academy of Cincinnati in Eden Park, eventually branching out into advertising and printing.  During her career she worked for DuBois Chemicals and Great American Life Insurance, as well as several smaller businesses.

As a loving and devoted mother to two girls, Amber and Autumn (18 and 20 at the time of her death), she is very dearly missed!  She was often on her cell phone trying to avert the latest “crisis” or simply exchanging “I love you”.  Both girls miss regularly hearing the soothing sound of her voice.  Her untimely death has left a huge void in their lives that friends and family try daily to help fill.  We are all trying to learn to live without our precious mother, daughter, sister, aunt, cousin, niece, and friend.

At the time of her death, Camille was separated from her husband of 28 years and still living in the family home in Mariemont, Ohio that her parents had built the year of her birth.  She dearly loved the house, and owning it had been one of her dreams realized.

We all remember “Cami” sunbathing in the yard whenever she had a day off and the sun was shining.  She seemed to have the ability to relax that way as though she was in her element.  Always tanned, slim, and elegant with her signature perfect manicure, she enjoyed fine jewelry and her own stunning style of dress, but she managed to carry it off with the beauty of a meek and quiet spirit.                                                                                                                                                                                   

CIRCUMSTANCES OF THE MURDER

Camille was married to Dennis C. Reynolds for almost 28 years.  On January 16, 2011, she was murdered by him in her home in Mariemont Ohio.    Camille’s mother was the only witness.  Dennis shot Camille as she and her mother both begged him to stop and think of their precious daughters, Amber Aimee (20) and Autumn Yvonne (18).  Because Dennis was having an affair with a coworker, he was asked to leave their home in December 2009.  He visited often, usually unannounced, and in the summer of 2010 he agreed to take part in marriage counseling because he said the affair was over.  Camille ended counseling when she learned that the affair was not over.  Even so, Dennis was invited to spend Christmas morning with the family.  Camille began to talk about divorce.  Early on the morning of January 15th, Dennis came to the house and made breakfast.  After eating, Camille and Autumn went to run errands.  During  their absence, Dennis unlatched a back door (seldom used in the winter) and loaded the gun kept on a rack above the kitchen door.  He chopped some wood, watched TV, then left.
  
At 6:30 pm on January 16, 2011, Dennis crept in the house, took the gun off the rack and headed toward the living room where Camille and a friend were watching TV.  When Camille heard his voice, she rose to confront him and her friend ran to get help.  When her mother heard the commotion, she opened the door to her granny flat and witnessed the shooting.

After several delayed hearings, in August 2011, Dennis accepted the prosecutor’s plea bargain and confessed he was guilty.  He is serving 15 years to life.

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Camille Aimeé Stringfield-Reynolds