Carrie Fernands-Camacho, 74, died in Van Nuys, Calif., on Jan. 25, 2011, after a long battle with kidney failure.

Ms. Fernands-Camacho was born in Philadelphia Feb. 29, 1936. She was a longtime resident of Connecticut and lived in New Milford for a number of years.

She fulfilled her lifelong dream of travelling extensively throughout the world. In 2001, Ms. Fernands-Camacho settled in Ubud, Bali, Indonesia, where she founded The Smile Shop, a thrift shop which benefits the Smile Foundation of Bali. She also established the Children's Library of Ubud.

As an avid lover of cats, Ms. Fernands-Camacho rescued and adopted many feral cats from the streets of Ubud, among them her beloved Lazzie.

In Connecticut, she was associated with several area theaters. An accomplished actress, she was also an acclaimed producer and director of numerous theatrical productions.

Ms. Fernands-Camacho is survived by her son, David Johnson of Ada, Mich., and her daughter and son-in-law, Diana and Andy Onyshkewych, of Brookfield.

As a celebration of Ms. Fernands-Camacho's spirit, donations may be made in her name to the Animal Welfare Society, 8 Dodd Road, New Milford, CT 06776.