Friends and family are wishing a very happy birthday to Camilla Diveley who will turn 100 on December 13. A card shower was requested to honor her.
Camilla Diveley, a lifetime resident of Vandalia, was born to Mr. and Mrs. John (Julia) Diveley on a farm in Sefton township.
Camilla had four sisters, Genevieve, now 98, Vodithe (Reavis, now deceased), twin sisters Beatrice (Davis) now 92, and Bernice (Scraper, now deceased).
Camilla grew up on the farm with her sisters and she attended a one room school which housed eight grades. She graduated from Vandalia High School where she was a member of the award-winning debate team.
Camilla has held various positions of employment. She worked as a bookkeeper for Denny’s Department Store, was comptroller at the Fayette County Hospital, and was a radio newscaster for over 20 years for WCRA.
Camilla was a member of the Soroptomist Club and in 1986, was instrumental in bringing NASA Challenger astronaut Steve Nagel to Vandalia to speak at the Vandalia High School.
She was also a member of the American Red Cross, and taught Sunday School at the First United Methodist Church in Vandalia, where she remains a member.
Camilla’s numerous contributions to the community and her many acts of kindness and generosity are an example to us all. Her character and strength continue to touch the lives of those who so lovingly care for her now.