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Camilla Orvis - April 09, 2009

Camilla Celestine Pahl Orvis passed from this life on April 6, 2009 at her home in McCook, Neb.
Camilla was born June 27, 1918 to Mary and Arnold Pahl in Orafino, Neb. She graduated from Wilsonville High School.
Her marriage to Oliver Orvis Sept. 8, 1937 was a union that gave her four sons to raise. They were married nearly 35 years until Oliver’s death in 1972. Many of those years, she was a homemaker and worked in the Wilsonville Public School Cafeteria. In 1961, she began her career in Food Service at McCook Junior College until her retirement in 1990.
Dec. 22, 1974, she married Lawrence Orvis. To this union four more children joined her family.
Traveling was a special joy to both Camilla and Lawrence. They enjoyed many road trips, bus excursions and travel by air and cruise ship.
While Camilla’s sons were in school, her love of athletics became more than just a past-time. Planning around football, basketball and track schedules was part of who she was. She was her sons’ number one fan! She was also a huge Husker fan.
Camilla spent her life doing what she loved—raising and caring for her children, traveling and being a good partner.
She is survived by her beloved husband, Lawrence; two sons, Leland and wife, Carolyn, Oxnard, Calif. and Paul and wife, Shirley, Imperial; one daughter-in-law, Susan (Philip)of Kansas City, Mo.; stepchildren: Kathy Bergstrom and husband, Gary, of Griswold, Iowa, Larry Orvis and wife, Jackie, of Norfolk, Nancy Knutson and husband, Victor, of Wilsonville, Kevin Orvis and wife, Sue, of Hebron; two sisters: Phyllis Mitchell and Glenda Schultz and husband, Kenneth, all of Seattle, Wash.; one brother, Herschel Pahl and wife, Bonnie, of Ava, Mo.; brother-in-law, Omer Rucker (Melva) of Gresham; 19 grandchildren; 26 great-grandchildren and 10 great-great-grandchildren.
Camilla is preceded in death by her first husband, Oliver Orvis, and two sons, Leroy and Philip; two daughters-in-law, Bonnie (Leroy) and Alta Vae (Leland); one sister, Melva Rucker; one brother, Harold Pahl; one sister-in-law, Velva Pahl; and one brother-in-law, Clifford Mitchell.
Funeral services will be Saturday, April 11, 2009, 10:30 a.m. at the Methodist Church in Wilsonville with Pastor Brad Holtze officiating.
Burial will be in the Wilsonville Cemetery.
Visitation will be Wednesday and Thursday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Friday 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Memorials may be given in her name. Friends may sign her book at the funeral home or send condolences online at
Carpenter Breland Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.