Camille Margaret Joseph
December 5, 1943 – November 3, 2018
Camille Margaret Joseph, age 74, passed away peacefully on November 3, 2018 surrounded by her devoted family. She lived a spiritual life and left behind family and friends with fond memories of her kind heart, gentle soul and courage. She left this world with grace and beauty just as she lived her life. She touched the lives of so many people and left her stamp on this earth. She was a devout Catholic and loved God above all.
On December 5, 1943 , Camille was born in Dothan, Alabama to Adele Deeb Joseph and Joseph Paul Joseph. They were the loving parents to six children, Dolores, Ronald, Marlene, Camille, Josette and Linda. Camille graduated from Dothan High School in 1962 and from Spring Hill College in Mobile, Alabama in 1966 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Art and Elementary Education. Afterwards, she taught 3rd Grade at Christ the King Catholic School in Atlanta, Georgia before settling in Houston, Texas in 1971. She then began her sales career at American Display selling outdoor signs, where she won many awards.
As a talented artist, she painted several portraits and paintings in her spare time. She was known as a dynamic, loving and faithful source of energy throughout her journey. Those who loved her considered Camille a role model for her strength and determination in her 13-year struggle after her stroke. Although she could not speak or walk she was able to muster the words “I love you” to everyone who visited her. Her eyes would light up when she saw family and friends or pictures of her nieces and nephews.
Camille was blessed with a loving family and although she did not have children, she loved her nieces and nephews as if they were her own. She is preceded in death by her parents, Adele Deeb Joseph and Joseph Paul Joseph; her bother-in-laws Robert B. Mousa and William D. Rock. She is survived by her loving sisters, Dolores Rock, Marlene Mousa, both from Houston, Texas; Josette Joseph from Fleming Island, Florida; Linda Phelps and brother-in-law Frederick from Tallahassee, Florida and her brother, Ronald Joseph and sister-in-law Bonnie from New Braunfels, Texas. She is also survived by her nieces and nephews, Michelle Bickham, Melanie Ikeler, Melinda Dawes, Douglas Rock, David Rock and Elise Leiker all from Houston, Texas; Jennifer Wood from Shenandoah, Texas; Lisa Robinson from Fleming Island, Florida; Denise Murray from Jacksonville, Florida; Gevin McDaniel from Tallahassee, Florida; Janet Thompson from Seguin, Texas; Jeffrey Joseph from Woodbury, Minnesota and all of their spouses, dear friends, cousins and great nieces and nephews that brought her constant joy.
Friends and family are cordially invited to attend the visitation from 5-7pm on Wednesday, November 7, 2018 at Earthmen’s Funeral Home, 8303 Katy Freeway, Houston, Texas 77024. The service and celebration of Camille’s life will begin at 7:00pm. A funeral mass will take place on Saturday, November 10, 2018 at 10:30am at St. Columba Catholic Church in Dothan, Alabama. The interment will immediately follow at Memory Hill Cemetery where Camille will be laid to rest by her mother and father.
Serving as pallbearers are Gevin McDaniel and Patrick Hinckley. Honorary pallbearers are Douglas Rock, David Rock, Jeffrey Joseph and Frank Sturman.
The family extends our heartfelt thanks to all of her doctors and nurses for their compassion, support and loving care through the years at Park Manor and North Cypress Hospital, especially Dr. Chahal and to her friends for their unconditional love, support and prayers. You all have been angels to our family and more importantly to our precious Camille during her courageous battle.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests with gratitude that memorial contributions in Camille’s name be made to St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital or The Ladies Club of Houston, 6450 Olympia, Houston, Texas 77057.
Dearest Camille, we will always remember your smile, your laughter and your strength. Shine your light and love upon all of us and be our guardian angel until we see you again. May you rest in peace and your memory be eternal.
- She is preceded in death by her parents, Adele Deeb Joseph and Joseph Paul Joseph; her bother-in-laws Robert B. Mousa and William D. Rock. She is survived by her loving sisters, Dolores Rock, Marlene Mousa, both from Houston, Texas; Josette Joseph from Fleming Island, Florida; Linda Phelps and brother-in-law Frederick from Tallahassee, Florida and her brother, Ronald Joseph and sister-in-law Bonnie from New Braunfels, Texas. She is also survived by her nieces and nephews, Michelle Bickham, Melanie Ikeler, Melinda Dawes, Douglas Rock, David Rock and Elise Leiker all from Houston, Texas; Jennifer Wood from Shenandoah, Texas; Lisa Robinson from Fleming Island, Florida; Denise Murray from Jacksonville, Florida; Gevin McDaniel from Tallahassee, Florida; Janet Thompson from Seguin, Texas; Jeffrey Joseph from Woodbury, Minnesota and all of their spouses, dear friends, cousins and great nieces and nephews that brought her constant joy.
- The Family will receive friends Wednesday, November 7, 2018
- Vigil Service Wednesday, November 7, 2018
- Funeral Mass Saturday, November 10, 2018
- Interment Saturday, November 10, 2018
Camille Margaret Joseph
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December 19, 2018
I remember the many times that my family and Camille's family got together in Dothan where we all grew up. Sometimes our families would meet at the beach in Panama City. We had many fun times, such as when we played a duo on the piano, particularly "Chopsticks" and "Heart and Soul." Camille made those times so much fun with her cheerful and warm personality. She was a sweetheart and a lovely person. I will always cherish the good times with Camille and her sisters.
November 9, 2018
So sorry to hear of Camille's passing, and I hope her family has peace and comfort remembering her wonderful life.
Joyce Hanna Ricciardelli
November 8, 2018
I am the middle daughter of Freda Boutross Hanna and Abdo Hanna. My Mother is cousin to Aunt Adele. I remember Camille and her beautiful sisters growing up. I remember them being beautiful, smart and full of energy. God's blessing on the family.
Yvonne Saliba Pendleton
November 7, 2018
As I scroll through Camille’s life so beautifully painted through the photos, I can picture the Joseph girls together exclaiming over each and every one. While it came too soon for this beloved soul, what it portrays is what Camille’s family is. Love pure and simple. We mourne with you and we cherish these memories of a life well loved.
November 6, 2018
I love you Aunt Camille! I’m so sorry I could not come see you in that nursing home. I’m not good with all that. I will always remember laughing with you in your cute apartment and looking through all your makeup. I always loved it when we saw you in Tallahassee, Houston, or Jacksonville. I never understood why everyone cared so much how long it took you to get ready. You were always a strong independent woman to me. I love you my precious Godmother. I know you are at peace now and surrounded by angels who have prepared a beautiful dressing table with endless makeup.❤️
November 6, 2018
I loved my sweet, pretty and loving cousin, Camille! She was one of many older cousins that I do looked up to growing up! I have such fond memories of visiting the Joseph family in Dothan and being in awe of all the pretty girls. As I got older I remembered Camille always requesting a back rub or shoulder massage! And of course I obliged every time! I remember she also wanted me to stand on her back as she lay prone on the floor!
She was so artistically gifted too.. and could talk her way into a sale!
I loved my sweet cousin and cherish the memories of her!
November 5, 2018
I am Camille’s brother. Our father use to say that he had five queens and a jack. Camille was one of the five queens. I was the jack.
I had five beautiful sisters. In age, Camille, was in the middle of the five. As a child I can best describe Camille as fidgety. Whenever she was holding a glass you got nervous because it was not uncommon for her to drop the glass or push it off the end of the table!
When our mother went to the hospital in Dothan, Alabama in December 1943 to give birth to Camille our maternal grandmother came to our house to take care of us. During the time our grandmother was there in snowed for the first time in my life. My grandmother, not wanting us to get sick, did not let us go out and play in the snow! I laid the blame for this disappointing episode in my life squarely on Camille!
Camille was late for EVERYTHING. When my wife and I invited her, along with others for dinner on a holiday it was not uncommon for Camille to show up four hours late! When she got there the other guests had eaten and gone home!
Camille never married but that was not because she did not have many opportunities to do so. In one case she pulled out of a wedding after invitations had been sent and gifts had started to arrive. The poor groom and our poor mother!
So dear sister I love you and will miss you.