Camilla LaChapell passed from this life to her eternal life in Heaven on November 22 in Turlock at the age of 89. Her health had been failing due to congestive heart failure and a recent fall resulting in a broken hip.
Camilla was born in Kansas. As a young teen, her family left the “Dust Bowl” of Kansas and moved to California. After completing high school and Business College, she began her career as a bookkeeper. During World War II, she became a civilian employee at Castle Air Force Base in Atwater, CA. It was there that she met the love of her life, Frank LaChapell. After their marriage, they were transferred to other Army Air Corp bases until the war ended in 1945. With the war over, they settled in Turlock to raise their family and begin their careers. Camilla had a long career as a bookkeeper for several companies in Turlock until her retirement in 1985.
Camilla will be remembered for her devotion to the Lord and to her family. As a long-time member of the Evangelical Free Church, she was active in Sunday school activities and the support of missionaries in Latin America. Her goal in life was to influence her friends and family with the message of the Gospel so they would enjoy the rewards of a Christian life and the eternal life that she is experiencing today. She will be honored as a loving wife, mother, aunt, grandmother, and great grandmother. Her family all shares fond memories of times with her and husband, Frank, who preceded her in death in 2004.
She is survived by her children Frank (Bev) LaChapell of San Ramon, Mark (Linda) LaChapell of Turlock, Ryan (Pam) LaChapell of Modesto and Elise (Chuck) Kleiber of Turlock; siblings Wilma (Vernon) Carson, Dorothy Cooksey, Gerald (Betty) Thiessen and Doris (Fran) Pike; 13 grandchildren and 23 great grandchildren. Camilla is preceded in death by her husband Frank LaChapell, infant son Tucson LaChapell and brother Elmer Thiessen.
Memorial contributions can be made in her memory to Turlock Gospel Mission, P.O. Box 1231, Turlock, CA 95381-1231. Viewing will be at Allen Mortuary on Thursday, December 1, 2011 from 4:00 – 7:00 p.m. Funeral will be held at Allen Mortuary on Friday, December 2, 2011 at 11:00 a.m. Please share your memories at www.allenmortuary.com.
November 26, 2011