Carla Renée Hunt (née Calaguas), 55, of Powhatan, VA, passed away peacefully with her husband, David, by her side on May 13, 2022, after a 7-month battle with metastatic cancer.
Carla was preceded in death by her father, Eduardo F. Calaguas. She will be lovingly remembered by her husband, David F. Hunt II, and daughter Destiny Renée Hunt, of Powhatan, VA; her mother, Virginia Calaguas of Cape Coral, FL; brother, Edsar Calaguas of Cape Coral, FL; sister-in-law and brother-in-law, Kim M Bowers and Paul Bowers of Chesterfield VA; nephew, Kyle Calaguas of Austin, TX; niece, Ann Bowers of Chesterfield, VA; Lex Calaguas and Sam Brown of Edinburgh, Scotland, and numerous aunts, uncles, cousins, and close friends.
Carla graduated from Perry Hall High School and went on to earn her BSc in Marketing from Towson University and her CFP® and ChFC® from The American College of Financial Services. She spent the majority of her career in Banking and Financial Services, working the last 15 years with Envestnet'MoneyGuide as a Financial Planning Technology Trainer. Carla strongly believed in her family, her career, her faith, and her community and was passionately active in each of them.
Carla was selfless and gave her time generously to many agencies. She volunteered as a mentor for CFP (Certified Financial Planners), where she helped candidates prepare for exams and shared insights, strategies, and moral support. She was also a board member and volunteer for Backpacks of Love, which aims to eliminate hunger in school-age children in Central Virginia. Carla served and volunteered alongside high-school students with Junior Achievement USA, where she helped them understand financial planning concepts, budgeting for college, and how to live independently after completing their education.
Carla was very grounded in her faith. She loved her church (St. Luke's Episcopal Church in Powhatan) and was very active in serving as a Sunday School Teacher, Eucharistic Minister, Lecter, and active congregant. Carla worked with elementary through high school-aged children, planning curriculum and educational retreats, and working specifically with kids in the "Journey to Adulthood" program. At St. Luke's, she focused on teaching children the value of community and caring for one another. Carla was also a military wife and served as the FRG Co-Leader (Family Readiness Group) of the Army National Guard while her husband was deployed and serving our nation. She acted as the primary point of contact for the commander and was essential in communicating between the Army National Guard and other deployed soldiers' families.
One of Carla's other joys was the beauty and vastness of our oceans and beaches. From Ocean City, MD, to Emerald Isle, the Cayman Islands, and Misibis Beach in the Philippines, she marveled in the magnificence of it all. Carla was a PADI certified scuba diver, loved snorkeling with her daughter Destiny, and would shell for hours in timeless bliss. She loved watching the sunrises and sunsets over the water with David and Destiny, together with their toes in the sand. Carla was also incredibly creative and artistic. Over the years she painted, worked with stained glass, clay, and even knitted. Her passion for art was most seen in her drawings, sketches, and jewelry making.
Many weekdays you would see her and Destiny getting their nails done, having coffee, and chatting about their lives. During the weekends, she and David would explore wherever the wandering road took them. It was all about enjoying their time and life together. Most importantly, Carla was a loving and selfless wife and mother to her family. She was one of the most responsible, thoughtful people the world has ever known. Carla was loved by all who knew her, and she will be greatly missed... especially her laugh and sense of humor.
Carla's entire family would like to thank the Powhatan County Sheriff's Department, Envestnet ' MoneyGuide, St. Luke's Episcopal Church, the Virginia Cancer Institute, Johnston-Willis Hospital, Powhatan County Fire & Rescue, and the entire community of Powhatan for their tireless help, support, understanding, prayers, and love during Carla's illness. We will never forget all that you've done.
Family and friends are invited to join Carla's Memorial Service on May 26th, 2022 at 10:00 am at St Luke's Episcopal Church, 2245 Huguenot Trail, Powhatan, VA, 23139. A Celebration of Carla's Life will follow at 12:00 pm at the American Legion Post #354, 4800 Welby Turn, Midlothian, VA, 23113.
It was Carla's wish that any memorial tributes be made in the form of charitable donations to the Susan G Komen for the Cure, the American Cancer Society, Cayman Turtle Conservation and Education Centre, or any personal favorite charity.