Camilla Sue Walker
February 6, 1973 – April 27, 2020
Camilla S. Walker, 47, of Denver, Colorado, died in Denver on April 27, 2020. Following her wishes, cremation has been held and family graveside services will be held at a later date. Friends may visit www.cantrellfh.com to view her Tribute Wall and share condolences and stories for the family. Memorials gifts in her memory may be given to the family at 1116 E. 8th Street, Kimball, Nebraska, 69145. The memorial gifts will be given to charities that Cami was involved with during her life. The services for Cami have been entrusted to the Cantrell Funeral Home.
Camilla Sue Walker was born in Lincoln, Nebraska on February 6, 1973, the daughter of Larry and Carol (Greathouse) Walker. The family moved to Kimball in 1975 when Cami was 2 years old. She attended Kimball Public Schools and graduated in 1991 as the Valedictorian of her class. During her junior high and high school years, Cami participated in the Daisy BB Shooting Program and competed at the national level for two years. She had a passion for writing which was displayed in high school where she was an editor of the school newspaper and active member of the yearbook staff. Cami attended the UNL on a Regents Scholarship, where she received her education in journalism, followed by a career as a copy editor in advertising in San Francisco. In 2006, shortly after her marriage to Mark Atherly, she was diagnosed with MS, and after the initial struggle, she was the author of the book “29 Gifts,” which was a collection of 29 short stories about her journey with the disease. Cami then worked with the MS Society and traveled around the United States telling her story. Cami and Mark later divorced. She moved to Denver and later met her husband Kevin Foster and their son Henry was born in 2013. She loved yoga and travel, she liked the beach. Cami was opinionated and whip smart, she took risks and was unafraid to move out of her comfort zone, she would often push others to move out of theirs as well. Cami was always searching – looking for spiritualty and meaning in her life.
Survivors include her parents Larry and Carol of Kimball, NE; husband Kevin and son Henry of Denver; sisters Joelle (John) Fiehtner of Kimball, NE., and Deena Walker (Dave Barrett) of Portland, OR; niece Taylor and nephews Thomas and Evan; 3 step nieces and 1 step nephew; several aunts, uncles, cousins and other loved ones. She was preceded in death by her paternal and maternal grandparents Floyd and Agatha Walker and Bill and Gladys Greathouse.
No public services are scheduled at this time. Receive a notification when services are updated.
Camilla Sue Walker
May 29, 2020
Cami’s passion for community and engagement made 29 GIFTS: How a Month of Giving Can Change Your Life a success that yielded palpable results for thousands of readers. I am honored to have represented her on her book, and know Cami’s own message and her contributors’s messages of positive change and healing were a enduring source of sustenance and hope. Her memory will live on through her readers’s personal journeys.
May 25, 2020
My condolences to the Walkers: Carol, Larry and the gang. And Henry of course.
Cami was a roller coaster ride! We had many adventures together and I will never forget her.
My favorite story during the early days of the 29Gifts movement was later called "Find your Flower Power" when Cami and Mark and several friends gave away 48 roses in a parking lot in LA. Many people were touched by the simple generosity of their rose gift that day, some were utterly lifted out of a very negative space and into hope and joy. I wish that for you, Cami. May you find your way home and receive all your gifts!
Mary Meyer Johnson
May 12, 2020
I’m so very sad to learn that our friend and brilliant visionary behind the successful global giving challenge has passed away.
Meeting Cami Walker, becoming a giving ambassador and website administrator, becoming lifelong friends with diverse people from around the world, and spreading the healing joy of giving has been and continues to be the best experience of my life.
Thank you, Cami. You and the 29 Gifts legacy are an eternal Gift to the world. Your candle shines brightly. May you Rest In Peace.
My sincere condolences to Cami’s immediate and global families.
May 12, 2020
I am so sorry for your loss. I loved Cami so much. She changed my life and to this day I continue on my Giving journey~ RIP Cami.. xoxoxo
May 11, 2020
I discovered the book 29 Gifts when I was going through a rough time in my life. Not only did it uplift me but the website introduced me to some wonderful women. I've gifted my book away to another woman with MS and was just planning on purchasing another because it had that kind of impact on me. The personal part is the way you answered emails and sent inspirational messages when you could. May you rest in peace Cami you are loved by many! XOXO
May 11, 2020
i never met Cami in person, yet i felt close to her. her 29 Gifts book and later, the website, touched so many people, myself included. she always reached out to the members and made us feel like we mattered individually. she gave so much of herself, she taught me to stretch outside my comfort zone in giving to others both materially and of myself. i will remember her always.
sending love and hugs to the family and close friends <3
May 8, 2020
My deepest sympathies and prayers for Cami’s family, friends, and her son, Henry. I will forever remember Cami’s ready smile, beautiful laugh, and vivacity. She was incredibly smart, talented, and creative. I cherish memories of times we spent together in Lincoln and while she was in San Francisco. I admired the way she lived boldly. As a friend, I appreciated her transparency, sincerity, and loyalty. Cami was an amazing woman. May God bring you peace and comfort during this difficult time.
May 5, 2020
My heart breaks at this news - and goes out to Cami’s family and friends.
She tried so hard to overcome her struggles while helping others overcome theirs..like some kinda Pixie with a broken wing. I’ll never forget her kindness and generosity. May she Rest In Peace🕯💙🙏🏻 🧚🏻♀️
May 5, 2020
Larry, Carol and family: I was deeply saddened to hear of Cami's passing. I remember fondly all the great, fun times I shared with her as friends and roommates. She was a special person and I know life was not always easy for her, but her impact had such meaning to all those who crossed her path. Please accept my deepest condolences and know my prayers are with her departed soul, her son, family and all those she loved.
May 5, 2020
Rest in Peace Cami. Your spirit of giving back to others is a lasting legacy and cherished memory for all of those whose lives you touched during your journey here on earth. Sincere condolences and sympathy to all friends and family. May God bless your soul.
May 5, 2020
Cami, May your beautiful, wrestless spirit soar and finally be set free from the body & mind that were in constant battle with you. We shared nearly 6 years together before agreeing to go our separate ways but you taught me so much and I will always look back on the good times we shared. You were so smart, resourceful & entrepreneurial. I am devastated & heartbroken but have faith that you are in a better place. Maybe even smiling next to your grandmother rocking on the front porch together. My heart goes out to your entire family and all the friends you made along the way. God bless you Cami and thank you. Mark
May 4, 2020
Rest in peace Cami may you travel well.
Cathy (Carter) Ochsner
May 1, 2020
Larry, Carol and family of Cami,
So sorry to read about Cami passing away. Just wanted to let you know you are all in our thoughts and prayers as this difficult time.
I know you are focusing on all the special memories and hope they bring you JOY in a dark time.
Praying for peace for all of you!!
Jim and Cathy (Carter) Ochsner