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Margaret Kelly Cameron

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December 11, 1918 - November 5, 2015 On Thursday, November 5th, Margaret K. Cameron died peacefully in her sleep in her San Marino home of nearly six decades surrounded by two generations of loved ones; she would have turned 97 years old on December 11th. She leaves behind two children: John Kenneth Cameron, married to Caren Curry Cameron, and Margaret (Margot) Mary Good, married to Tom Good (deceased); three grandchildren: McCall Avery, married to Tyson Avery, Lauren Bender, married to Kevin Bender, and Crosby Burke, married to Bill Burke; and eight great grandchildren: Cameron, Kate, Davis, Kelly, Billy, Jayne, Bryn, and Taryn. Born and raised in Tacoma, Washington, Margaret Kelly was the daughter of Guy E. Kelly and Margaret Mary (Minnie) McNamee. Margaret had a sister, Jean Nims, and a brother, Guy E. Kelly; they both predeceased Margaret. Margaret attended the University of Washington where she pledged Gamma Phi Beta sorority. During World War II, she met and married J. Kenneth Cameron, before he shipped off with the Army's Tenth Field Artillery Battalion. He earned a Purple Heart in combat and spent years recovering from his nearly fatal injuries. Shortly after Kenny's homecoming, the couple welcomed their two children and moved to Pasadena. In April 1959 the family moved into a Spanish Colonial home in San Marino, where Margaret would call home until her last day. In fact, until recently, Margaret enjoyed long walks around her bucolic neighborhood and to Lacy Park. Margaret owned and managed rental properties in the Pasadena area, still balancing the books until 2014. Margaret liked vacationing in the Pacific Northwest, and preferred relaxing in her second home in Hayden Lake, Idaho, for many years. Affectionately known as "Amie" to her grandchildren and great grandchildren, Margaret found the most happiness in spending time with her family. A private burial service took place at San Gabriel Cemetery on Thursday, November 12th.
Published in the Los Angeles Times on Dec. 11, 2015
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