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Camille Dudley Owen

Posted By Hall-Wynne On June 11, 2015 @ 2:54 pm In Durham,Obituaries | 5 Comments

Camille Dudley Owen, 86, died June 10, 2015 at Hillcrest Convalescent Center in Durham. On July 19, 1928, Camille was born in Durham to the late Arnie I. and Sallie Dudley Owen. After graduating from Durham High School in 1947, Camille continued taking classes in creative writing. She was employed by Durham Merchants Association and its successor, Credit Bureau Systems, for 38 years.

At the age of 12, she became a member of First Christian Church (later Robbins Road Christian Church). Camille taught the kindergarten class there for 40 years, sang in the church choir, was a member of the Board and president of the Christian Women’s Fellowship.

Camille enjoyed traveling to Hawaii, England and the Bahamas. She was delighted to visit Wales, where the Owen family originated, and also visited the Castle of Gay Lord Dudley.

Camille was a gourmet cook who will be remembered for her freshly grated coconut cakes which she coconut cake1 for webserved at Christmas. After retirement she became a dedicated bird watcher along with her beloved brother. They kept three blue bird houses and Camille made her own suet cakes and provided seed for the wild birds.

Camille is survived by several cousins and was especially close to Ralph Owen and his wife Sheila of Turnersville, NJ, Ernelle Dudley Orr of Sweeny, TX, and Hollis Owen, wife of the late Teddy Owen, of Halifax, VA. Camille was unfailingly thoughtful and kind to everyone she met, and maintained long-lasting ties with many wonderful friends, co-workers, and neighbors over the years. She was preceded in death by her brother, Lewis Hagood Owen and her sister, Vernelle Rebecca Owen.

Funeral services will be held 2:00 p.m. Saturday, June 13, 2015, from the Chapel of Hall-Wynne Funeral Service, 1113 W. Main St. in Durham. Friends may visit from 1:00-2:00 p.m. prior to the service. Interment will be held at Crystal Hill Southern Baptist Church Cemetery in Halifax, VA on Monday, June 15th at 11:00 a.m.

Arrangements for the Owen family are under the care of Hall-Wynne Funeral Service. Online condolences www.hallwynne.com

Condolences for the family of “Camille Dudley Owen”

Condolence from Charles Wilkins on June 12th, 2015 9:54 am

Dear Family,
I was sorry to hear of Polly’s passing. I worked with Polly at Durham Merchants Association and the Credit Bureau for many years. I always found her to be an honest and caring person. Nellie and I enjoyed our friendship with her throughout the past 50 years. I last talked with Polly in 2013. Had tried to contact her later, but could never get an answer when calling. Sorry we will miss her service, but will be thinking of you.

Our heartfelt sympathy,
Charles and N

Condolence from Janice Sherron Rogers on June 15th, 2015 10:12 am

I worked with Polly at the Durham Merchants Association only for a short while but during that time we became friends. My prayers are with the family.

Deepest Sympathy,
Janice Rogers

Condolence from jackie Williams on June 18th, 2015 8:57 am

I am so sorry that I have just read about Polly’s passing. She was such a wonderful person. I worked with her at Durham Merchants Association for many years before here retirement. She was my first supervisor and taught me so much.. I know she will be missed but her memories will bring comfort.

Condolence from Laura Latta on June 18th, 2015 6:25 pm

I just found out today of the passing of Polly. I am so sorry for your loss. She was a wonderful person. Knew her when I worked with the Durham Merchants Association, Collection Department of the Credit Bureau. I remember her at Halloween with her hand held mask with pink feathers. She was a joy and a very kind hearted person. Thought about her so often. I have fond memories of Polly that I will cherish. God be with her family now and always.

Condolence from Jennie Churchill on July 13th, 2015 8:33 pm

Camille was one of the sweetest people that I have ever met and l am saddened by her passing,. I loved her and will miss her greatly. I am sure this could be repeated by many as she extended her kindness to all she met.

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