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Camilla Newcomb

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Camilla Newcomb

Camilla Euphame (Steensland) Newcomb, daughter of Ben & Eleanor Steensland, was born on December 21, 1912 in Arlington, South Dakota. She died on August 5, 2013 in Salt Lake City, Utah, at the age of 100.

She graduated from Arlington High School in 1930 and received her teaching certificate from Eastern Normal in 1933, after attending Yankton College for two years.

Camilla taught 1st and 2nd grades at Egan, South Dakota, for one year. Then on June 8th, 1934 she married Charles B. Newcomb at Arlington, South Dakota on her parents' farm. Their marriage of 52 years was blessed with six children: Bob ( Marlys), Post Falls, Idaho; Ben (Barbara), Ashland, Missouri; Jim (Penny), Red Feather Lakes, Colorado; Nancy (Paul), Salt Lake City, Utah; Jay (MaryB), Duluth, Minnesota; and Don, New York City, New York. There are 17 grandchildren and 33 great-grandchildren and 4 great-great grandchildren. Her husband, Charles, her sister Betty Sams and her parents preceded her in death.

She & Chuck continued to live in Arlington, until they moved the family to Sioux Falls, South Dakota in 1939 where he was in the hatchery and feed business.

Camilla belonged to First Lutheran Church in Sioux Falls where she served as a circle leader, was on the church council, taught Sunday school, was President of First Lutheran's American Lutheran Church Women (ALCW) and was on the district ALCW board. She also served several years on the South Dakota Lutheran Social Service board and as an officer of the Brandon PTA. Camilla was one of the founding members who established the Sioux Falls Meals-On-Wheels.

In 1960 she was honored as Homemaker of the Year by South Dakota State College Little International Farm Show at Brookings. She was a member of the Augustana College Fellows. Augustana awarded Chuck & Camilla the Anthony G. Tuve Award.

Camilla was beloved by her family, and will be remembered by all for her great hospitality and caring spirit.

The family wishes to thank the staff at St. Joseph Villa in Salt Lake City for their dedicated compassion and care.

You may share your memories or express your condolences by signing Camilla's guestbook at

In lieu of flowers, Memorial Gifts may be sent to the following organizations in Sioux Falls: Augustana College - C.B. Newcomb Scholarship Fund, Meals-On-Wheels or First Lutheran Church.

A Memorial Service will be held in the chapel at First Lutheran Church in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, on August 31, 2013 at 2:00pm.

Published in The Argus Leader on Aug. 26, 2013
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