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Camille Ogle Yorkey

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Camille Ogle Yorkey, educator, theologian, author and spiritual counselor, died on Sunday June 13th in Chapel Hill, NC. She was 64.

Her death, at home-hospice, was due to complications following a bone marrow transplant in January of this year; the culmination of a 10-year battle with non-Hodgkin's lymphoma.

A native of San Francisco, Dr. Yorkey graduated from Greensboro College in 1968, before becoming a public school teacher and later the director of the Durham Mental Health Association. She earned a master of divinity degree from Duke University in 1985 and was awarded an honorary Doctor of Divinity degree by Greensboro College in 2007.

In a ministry career covering two decades, Dr. Yorkey was one of the first clergywomen ever to be ordained by the North Carolina United Methodist Church. She first served as Associate Pastor of St. Paul United Methodist Church in Goldsboro, NC, and was the founding pastor of Seaside UMC in Sunset Beach; Harbor UMC in Wilmington; and, Mighty Wind UMC in Nags Head. Prior to taking disability leave, she served as the senior pastor of Benson Memorial UMC in Raleigh, NC.

One of the most significant and meaningful ministry settings for Dr. Yorkey was Ground Zero in NYC, following the 9/11 attacks. She counseled countless numbers of workers and volunteers affected by the tragedy and subsequently published a book about those experiences entitled, "A Voice in the Wilderness".

Dr. Yorkey's first marriage to Randy Yorkey ended with his death in an auto accident in 1980.

Dr. Yorkey is survived by a son and a daughter, Rachel and Tyson of Raleigh; her brother Jim Ogle of Boise, Idaho; her mother, Harvie Ogle and fiancé, Rod Cartier of Wilmington.

Memorial services will be held at Grace United Methodist Church in Wilmington, on Friday, June 18th with visitation beginning at 1:00pm, followed by the service at 3:00pm.

In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to one or both of Camille's favorite charities: The Randall F. Yorkey Endowment at Duke University, PO Box 90850, Durham, NC 27708 -or- United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR), PO Box 9068, New York, NY 10087.

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Published in the Wilmington Star-News on June 16, 2010
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