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Thelma CAMERON

CAMERON, Thelma - Thelma Cameron (Carra) of Crystal Rock, ON died on December 19, 2009 at the Brockville General Hospital. She was born October 20, 1918 in Cornwall, ON. Thelma spent brief early years in Hawksbury and Winchester, living the past 65 years in Crystal Rock, raising her family first, then writing and painting, which seemed to be her calling. Having concentrated on a commercial background in school, she worked her early adult life as a personal secretary., but had always been interested in writing and drawing. She had several poems published in a Montreal magazine 'Delta' by Dr. Louis Dudek. In the early 70's she opened an art gallery in her home, where many original oil paintings and copywritten prints sold. Thelma self published two books of local histories, and an autobiography. A fourth book was almost completed upon her death. This involved stories behind her great works of art, and a collection of her many poems. (Her daughter will endeavor to complete this). Many commissioned paintings are in the possession of locals, with some going abroad. One such piece was given to the queen by the town of Prescott, upon her official visit there. Another hangs in a German museum. Thelma was a featured artist on the CJOH television programme 'Regional Contact', and was interviewed by several local newspapers relative to her artwork depicting much local history and many landmarks. Thelma was predeceased by her mother Laura Carra (Lalonde),step- father Dominic Carra, sister Mary Derouchie, and son Scott Cameron. She is survived by daughter Arlene Cousins (Bob), Prescott, ON, son Preston Cameron (Bonnie), Cardinal, ON, daughter Cris Campbell (Jack) Grand Forks, BC, brother Joe Carra (Donna), Cornwall, ON, 12 grandchildren, and many great grandchildren. Services for Thelma were held on December 23rd , 2009 at the Grant Brown funeral home in Spencerville, ON with interment in Mainsville, ON. Pallbearers were Preston Cameron, Clint Cameron, Cole Cameron, Kent Campbell, Troy Campbell, and Robert Kirkey. Thelma would have wanted these special friends to be remembered by her; Rev. Doug Hayman, niece Fran Park, Bob Dayman, Frank Bickerton, Berniece Landon, Lorraine Duschene, and Heather Baker. Thank-you so much to the many friends she made from the Red Cross, who came to her home to help her maintain her ability to remain in the place she loved the most. 11864113
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Posted by Rachel Howe (Distant cousin) On Friday, March 26, 2010
Thema was a first or second cousin I believe to my Grandmother Christine Roy, I met Thema with grama and my mother Janet Roy Vander Weide many years ago. I was amazed with her artist talents. May she rest in peace, and God bless you all.

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