Edith Lillian Rogers Cameron, 85, of Wilmington, passed into heaven with her Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, on Wednesday, March 23, 2016, at home.
She was born on January 20, 1931, in Wilmington. She was preceded in death by her husband of 49 years, David Daniel Shields Cameron Jr. in 2005. She was also preceded in death by her parents, Olive Lillian Jordan Rogers and Richard Stanley Rogers of Wilmington; infant son, David Gordon Cameron of Charleston; and sister-in-law, Mary C. Mills of Virginia.
Surviving are four children, Edith Porter Cameron Thomas, and husband, Timothy, of Charlottesville, Va., Elizabeth Olive Cameron of Tulsa, Okla., Jane Cromwell Cameron of North Carolina, and Richard Neill Cameron, and wife, Nathalie, of LeRouret, France; six grandchildren, Whitney, Cameron and Tilden Thomas of Charlottesville, Va., and Logan, Alie’nor and Kyle Cameron of LeRouret, France; one brother, Richard Stanley Rogers Jr., and wife, Elizabeth, of Plantation Village, Wilmington; sister-in-law, Peggy C. Mordecai, and husband, William, of Raleigh; and 10 nieces and nephews.
Mrs. Cameron was previously a member of the Myrtle Grove Evangelical Presbyterian Church. She was reared and married and is now a member of St. John’s Episcopal Church, Wilmington.
She received her education at Forest Hills School and Tileston School (5th grade only) and New Hanover High School, Class of 1949, in Wilmington, and was a member of the National Honor Society. She was a 1951 graduate of St. Mary’s Junior College in Raleigh and a member of the Circle Honor Society and president of the Canterbury Club. She graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, in 1954, where she received a B.A. Degree in primary education and was a member of the Kappa Delta Sorority and the Glee Club.
A certified teacher, she taught third grade. She was also was the first to teach homebound students in Winston-Salem. After marriage and the rearing of five children, she later returned to Wilmington to work in the New Hanover County Schools. She also worked and served as an officer in a family business and also as a receptionist, secretary and assistant in the examining room for a Wilmington surgeon.
A member of the Carolina Yacht Club, a former member of Cape Fear Country Club, and a former member of the Junior Leagues of Wilmington, Fayetteville and Lynchburg, Va., she was very active in numerous civic and community volunteer jobs. These included hospice in Virginia, volunteer hospital work in South Carolina and North Carolina, the speech and hearing clinic in Lynchburg, Va., testing the hearing of Virginia school children, tutoring in North Carolina, working with children with various disabilities at a South Carolina physical therapy children’s department, working with music, arts and crafts and serving as a division chairman with the United Fund in Fayetteville.
Her travels included a teacher’s tour of Europe to nine countries, a summer touring eastern Canada, summer trip to Florida/East Coast/Key West, and a mission trip to the Dominican Republic on the Mercy Ship (Anastasis), plus five visits to France visiting family there.
She was also active in the various churches she attended in the nine cities in which she lived. She served as a children’s choir director, a Sunday school teacher and pianist, the founder and leader of a young children’s Sunday church service, a junior and senior choir member and an officer and worker in various church women’s ministries.
She was a former member of The Women’s Aglow Bible Study Fellowship, and of various Bible studies and prayer groups. She was on the board of directors for Young Life in Lynchburg, Va., and she served in evangelization work for the Billy Graham movies and for the Franklin Graham Crusade. Her most important call, after her family, was to serve aboard the Christian medical mercy ship, the Anastasis, in Barahona, Dominican Republic, in 1989. Here she worked on board with the surgical patients and kept medical records of the surgeons. She also served as receptionist and secretary at a dental clinic on an inland village. She thanked God for His calling her to all of the above ministries for Him. Most importantly, she was active as a wife and mother of five, grandmother of six, and she knew and loved her Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.
Viewing for the family and close friends will be held at 11 a.m. Monday, March 28, at Andrew’s Mortuary & Crematory, Market Street Chapel. A memorial service will be conducted at 11 a.m. Tuesday, March 29, at St. John’s Episcopal Church, 1219 Forest Hills Drive, Wilmington, NC 28403, Phone No. 910-762-5273. The Rev. Charles Barton and the Rev. Tom Barnett will officiate the service. Interment will immediately follow in Oakdale Cemetery located at 520 North 15th St., Wilmington, NC 28401, Phone No. 910-762-5682.
Memorials may be made to any Christian ministry of your choice, or to missionary work of her daughter, Elizabeth O. Cameron, through International Service Agency P.O. Box 702491, Tulsa, OK 74170; If sending a check to ISA, please refrain from writing her name on the memo line, instead please write, No. 109. Memorials may also be made to Lower Cape Fear Hospice, Wilmington.
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