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Camilla Anne Graeber

May 16, 1938January 30, 2020

Camilla Anne Graeber, 81, of Lenoir, NC, passed away on Thursday, January 30, 2020 at the Hospice and Palliative Care Unit of the Jack and Shirley Robbins Center in Hudson. She was surrounded by her family.

Ms. Graeber was born May 16, 1938 in Cabarrus County, NC, to the late James Austin and Evenlyn Pirie Graeber. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her brother, James L. Graeber and her sister, Alma Louise Martin.

Camilla had a love for music that was never ending. She especially enjoyed introducing classical music to young musicians. She was a lifelong teacher and was a Band Director at Hibriten High School, Lenoir High School and Lenoir Junior High. In 2007 she was inducted into the North Carolina Band Directors Association Hall of Fame. Camilla touched many young people, leaving positive impressions on their lives and leaves precious memories with a large group of beloved friends, many of whom were former students. Camilla enjoyed traveling, spending time at the beach, playing cards, and taking time to play with her cats.

Those left to cherish her memory include her sister-in-law, Dianne Graeber of Lenoir; her niece, Bella Rizzo of Suwanee, GA; nephews, Bryon Graeber and his wife Jaime of Fletcher, NC, and Brent Graeber and his wife Rachel, of Greenville, SC. She also has five great nephews and nieces: Bella, Braylen, Evelyn, Crosby and Quinn.

Memorials in honor of Camilla may be made to the Community Music Club of Lenoir, a local organization who provides scholarship monies to young musicians who wish to attend summer music camp. Gifts may be mailed to the music club via checks made out to the Community Music Club of Lenoir; Carol Frye, Treasure; 1009 Frosty Lane NE, Lenoir, NC 28645.

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Cynthia Hauss

February 10, 2020

Camilla was one on a kind. She expected a lot yet ruled with a twinkle in her eye. I was a member of her 8th grade band at Davenport. It was the first band class she had when she came to Lenoir. She started me playing oboe, which I continued through college at ASU. I put the instrument away and did not pick it up again for 30 + years when the Harper Community Band needed an oboe. It was through Camilla's help, encouragement, and hours of private lessons that helped me play the instrument again. After my lessons we would spend time talking and laughing about times in band and about things going on in both of our lives. We also shared stories of our cats .
I shall always cherish the memories and carry with me the discipline I learned from her and John Miller. Rest in peace dear friend until we meet again. God's Peace !!

Kay Jenkins

February 9, 2020

I have many happy memories playing cards and going to the beach and having long talks on the phone. I will miss you. Kay

Mary Anne Caudle

February 8, 2020

Ms. Graeber was the band director for the 1976 Lenoir High School graduating class for seven years. We met her at Davenport as she directed us through our squawking rendition of “Greensleeves” up in Cornelius Hall in the 6th grade. She led us to superior ratings at Lenoir Junior High and then moved on to Lenoir High School with our class. She taught us to march, encouraged us to attend solo and ensemble contests, critiqued us during practice period, and directed us in concert band, all the while paying attention to what was going on in our lives outside of band. She came to know us so well, and of all the wonderful teachers we had throughout the years in the Lenoir schools, she stands out. Rest in peace, Ms. Graeber. We will never forget you.

Jerry Brooks

February 8, 2020

Camila taught myself, 2 children and 2 grandchildren. My son knew I liked a particular piece of music with a sax solo and mentioned it to Camila casually. Much to my surprize and delight she had him play the piece at his Senoir year Hibriten Band Concert! She expected practice and hard work but also had a well hidden heart of gold. How she will be missed!

Norma Horton Harris

February 8, 2020

One awesome 👍person and music teacher! The love you expressed to me will forever be imprinted on my heart!
You will be missed!
Thank you for being my music teacher and teaching me the love for music!

Love ❤️
Norma Horton Harris

Pam Barefoot

February 6, 2020

Camilla was a huge part of my childhood. Her parents lived across the street from us in concord and we did so much with the Graebers. Many fond memories of all of the laughs and travels. RIP Camilla. 💗
Pam Blackwelder Barefoot

James Boldin

February 6, 2020

Please accept my deepest condolences. When I was a young music student, Ms. Graeber took me under her wing and encouraged me throughout my school years and beyond. I will always remember her warm personality and exceptional musicianship. I and many of my classmates would not be where we are today if it were not for her positive influence.


James Boldin

Jerrell Suddreth

February 6, 2020

This is and was a wonderful person ! She wast the reason I continued in the band at Lenoir Junior High . She took time to take her trumpet out and joined me in many practice sessions . Encouraged me and helped me through high school ! Nothing but love for you Camilla and Thank You!

Jeff Richardson

February 4, 2020

I was honored to have Ms. Graeber as my band director for 3 years – in 7th grade at Davenport and in 8th and 9th grades at Lenoir Junior High School. She was always firm, demanded and received our respect and our best work, but I also remember a softer side with a dry sense of humor. She gave me a stern talking-to when I announced I wasn’t continuing band at Lenoir High School – and many times since then I wish I had listened to her. But I have always been grateful for her sparking my love of music.

Herschel Harper

February 3, 2020

Miss Graeber was the first full time Band Director at
Walhalla (SC) High School. She led me to a career in music that
began at Appalachian (ASTC) in 1962. The trajectory of my life
was launched by her. I shall forever be grateful.
Herschel Harper