OBITUARY

Camilla Marie Mendenhall

December 13, 1951April 2, 2019

Camilla Marie Mendenhall was called home to be with her Lord and Savior on Tuesday, April 2, 2019 in Oklahoma City, OK. Camilla was born on December 13, 1951 in Long Beach, CA, to her parents, Charles Hayes McClure III and Viola F. McClure. In 1970, she met the love of her life, Stephen Jack Mendenhall and were married for 47 wonderful years. Camilla and Stephen later went on to start their family with the birth of their son, John Michael Mendenhall. Her most proud moments in her life were when her son, John, was born, as well as the birth of her grandchildren, Brooke, Lincoln, and Harrison.

She enjoyed decorating for the holidays, watching old movies and of course, OU football. Camilla received her bachelor’s degree from Southern Nazarene University and began her career as a children’s pastor for 27 years. Her greatest achievements were when she took positions as in the District Children’s Ministry, became a Children’s Camps Director, and ultimately, a licensed Minister for Lakeview Park Church of the Nazarene and Oklahoma City First Church of the Nazarene.

She is preceded in death by her father, Charles H. McClure III and her husband’s parents, Jack and Ann Mendenhall.

Camilla is survived by her mother, Viola F. McClure (Richardson); husband, Stephen J. Mendenhall; son, John M. Mendenhall and wife, Ashley of Yukon, OK; brothers, Chuck McClure and wife, Monica of Oklahoma City, OK and Stephen McClure and wife, Donna of Bethany, OK; sister, Susan Thanscheidt and husband, Garry of Bethany, OK; brother-in-law, Don Mendenhall and wife, Carla; and sister-in-law, Connie Musgrave. Camilla also leaves behind three grandchildren, four nieces and ten nephews to cherish her memory.

A memorial service in honor of Camilla’s will be held on Saturday, April 13, 2019 at 11:00 a.m. at Lakeview Park Church of the Nazarene, 3500 N.W. 50th St., Oklahoma City, OK 73112. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Lakeview Park’s Children’s Ministry.

  • FAMILY

  • Charles H. McClure III, Father
  • Viola F. McClure, Mother
  • Jack Mendenhall, Father-in-law
  • Ann Mendenhall, Mother-in-law
  • Stephen Jack Mendenhall, Husband
  • John Michael Mendenhall, Son
  • Ashley Mendenhall, Daughter-in-law
  • Chuck McClure, Brother
  • Monica McClure, Sister-in-law
  • Stephen McClure, Brother
  • Donna McClure, Sister-in-law
  • Susan Thanscheidt, Sister
  • Garry Thanscheidt, Brother-in-law
  • Don Mendenhall, Brother-in-law
  • Carla Mendenhall, Sister-in-law
  • Connie Musgrave, Sister-in-law
  • Camilla also leave behind three grandchildren, four nieces and ten nephews to cherish her memory.

Services

  • Memorial Service Saturday, April 13, 2019
REMEMBERING

Camilla Marie Mendenhall

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Alice Tullis

April 13, 2019

Camey and I were friends starting back in the mid 1960’s,, at the New Mexico Nazarene camp grounds,, then at BNC,,then when she was on staff at OKC 1st Church. Many memories we shared over the years. Prayers for the family!

Mary McQuerry

April 7, 2019

So sorry to hear about Camey. Sending love and sympathy from our family to yours - The McQuerrys

Angela Adams

April 7, 2019

Steve and John, This is Angela Adams I just heard about Camey passing away I am so sorry to hear about her passing I loved her so very much and I am so sorry I have lost touch with you. My mom passed away two years ago with cancer I am staying with dad now since mom has passed away. My love and prayers are with you. Love Angela and R.K. Adams

Mary Beth Hardy

April 7, 2019

Steve. So sorry for your loss of Camie. Many years have passed but memories from our years at Apollo are still strong. We were so pleased to have John join us when we opened our business. John you were great We were priviliged to work with Camie on many events through the church. She was such a prayer warrior for so many young people. Our prayers are with you. Mary Beth & Sid.

Maria Logan

April 6, 2019

I met Camey in 1996, at the beginning of my Senior year of High School. She taught the Senior girls’ Bible Study group for OKC First Church, which I attended with my best girl friends.
Camey was also the Children’s Pastor at OKC First, but took the time to mentor a crazy group of high school seniors, and changed our lives in the process. Every week, she would go around the room & pray for each of us, specifically & individually. She knew exactly what to say, and we all felt known & loved in those moments.
Monday night Bible Study turned into our group of girls stopping by to hang out with the Mendenhalls many nights of the week. Poor Steve & John- their peaceful home turned into a club house for teenage girls!
Camey took us on a little Senior trip to Dallas- the memories of which I won’t write out here, but we will all never forget! She took us out for countless meals & introduced us to the loaded fries at Charleston’s. After our Senior year, Camey continued to host us in her home once we were all in college at SNU. We threw birthday parties for each other there, stayed the night there if we needed to, invited the boys we were interested there for game night or hanging out, etc. My husband of 18 years even asked me out on our first date in Camey’s den! (That whole thing was Camey’s idea, too.)
We owe so much to Camey, and to Steve for not kicking us out. They gave us a safe space to be ourselves without our parents around, to question & to express ourselves, and loved us unconditionally, despite our annoying antics. I’m best friends with this group of girls to this day, and we still eat loaded fries at Charleston’s. We’ll go out there soon & eat some in her honor.
To Camey!! May we all be able to make a difference in even a fraction of the lives she touched.
We love you, Mendenhalls.

John curry

April 4, 2019

One of the best friends I ever had! And absolutely the funniest person I ever knew. No one could saying “praise the Lord, he inhabits those who praise him , like Mrs. Mendenhall. She painted her living room orange long before anybody thought of doing so, and lucky for her Steven Jack was colorblind. Some of Debbie’s and my happiest times were spent with Steve and Camela ,She was always so proud of Steve and John Michael Mendenhall. Believe me John Michael Curry was highly honored by that name. My two favorite memories are when we wrote directed and gave ourselves leading parts in the children’s musical, “the devil strikes out. “And when she and I hosted the 25th anniversary celebration of Lake view park .. Steve made the “Academy award looking “statues out of Coke bottles and 25th anniversary decorations from the bakery and spray painted them. What a night to remember. Do some of you couples remember how Camey paired you up to present the awards.? Now that she has passed I can blame that on her! She was a unique and very talented woman who had a way of making everybody feel like they were so special to her. And she was special to us. Camey, Tell Debbie I said hi and could the two of you have some red beans with hamburger meat in them to serve over rice with corn bread when Steve and I join you two?

Susan Thompson

April 4, 2019

Miss Camey was my beautiful Sunday School teacher at Lake View Park of the Nazarene. Some of my happiest childhood moments were spent in her class singing and learning. Her light and smile lit up the room. I will always remember her hugs and kindness throughout the years, especially when my father Monte died. I love you Miss Camey thank you for making the world a better place. We love you always and pray for your family. Big Hugs to you. Heaven has another angel, and it’s you.

Tomea Simpson

April 4, 2019

When I think of Camey, I think of that wonderful personality! She literally lit up a room. As a child new to LVP and Children’s Church, Camey welcomed my brother and I with open arms, and treated us as one of her own children (as she treated all of “her” children at LVP). All of my greatest memories of that time have Camey in them. She is missed, and I will continue to pray for the Mendenhall family.

Bob Kanary

April 4, 2019

Our condolences to the John and the family. I remember conversations with Cammy when she volunteered as a receptionist at the church. She had personality and theological depth. I know you will miss her.

Crista McCann

April 4, 2019

Camey could always see right through me. I'd come into her office and she'd ask how I was. It didn't matter if I said, "fine" or whatever, she could tell the truth. I always admired that about her and appreciated the chance to just be me in her presence. So sorry John and family to hear this. Your mom was an amazing woman and she was a blessing to me.

FROM THE FAMILY