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  • Visitation:  2-4 & 6-8 p.m.  Tuesday
  • Vigil Service:  7:30 p.m.  Tuesday
  • Funeral:  10:00 a.m.  Wednesday

Mrs. Ada Grace Cameron, age 91, of Greenville, passed away late Thursday evening, April 9, 2009 at Spectrum Health-Blodgett Hospital, East Grand Rapids, after a brief illness.

The daughter of Harold & Myrtle C. (Adlington) Jacobson, Ada was born on July 12, 1917 in Wakefield, MI. Following high school, she earned her teaching degree from Superior State College in Wisconsin where she met the love of her life, Duncan Cameron. Ada and Duncan were married on December 7, 1940 in Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin.

Duncans career as a newspaperman brought them to Greenville in 1963. A devoted wife and mother of eight, Adas lifelong joy was time spent with her family.

Ada re-entered the teaching profession in 1967 and taught first grade at Baldwin Heights School for 18 years. A lasting legacy is that she taught over 400 children how to read.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Duncan in 1971; her eldest son, William, in 2007, and her brother and sister-in-law, Earl and Kay Jacobson of Anoka, MI.

Surviving are her children, John & Pamela Cameron of Kalamazoo; Robert & Caryl Cameron of Keuka Park, NY; Mary & Mark Mitchell of Stanton, Margaret & Mark Wilson of Charleston, WV; James & Deborah Cameron of Greenville; Richard & Debra Cameron of Caledonia, and Patrick & Mary Kay Cameron of Ballwin, MO; a daughter-in-law, Jacqueline Cameron of Spring Valley, CA; 16 grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.

Her children hope Ada will be remembered for her cheerfulness, her optimism, and her solid faith in Gods help to meet lifes challenges. The warmth of her heart, her kind smile and clever sense of humor lighted the path for those who knew her. Adas passing on a beautiful spring day befits a lady who spent every day in appreciation of the blessings of God.

The Mass of Christian Burial for Mrs. Cameron will be celebrated at 10:00 a.m. On Wednesday, April 15, 2009 at St. Charles Catholic Church, Greenville, with the Rev. Father Phil Salmonowicz presiding. Rite of Committal will follow at St. Charles Catholic Cemetery.

Visitation will be Tuesday from 2-4 p.m. and 6-8 p.m. at the Brown-Teman & Christiansen Funeral Home, 511 S. Franklin Street, Greenville, with a vigil and remembering service beginning at 7:30 p.m.

Instead of flowers the family suggests memorial contributions to the Spectrum Health United Memorial Foundation for a more lasting tribute.

To send a message of sympathy to the family, sign Adas online guest book, or share a favorite memory, please click the “Sign Guest Book” Link above.


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  1. Anonymous on April 9, 2009 at 12:00 am


    04/20/2009 –

    Dale Reyburn

    I always enjoyed talking to your mother. She was a great lady and the proof is in her great kids. Dale

    04/15/2009 –

    Mary De Young

    I just want the family to know how sorry I am for their loss. But what a joy it was to be able to help your mom these past 12 years. You were fortunate to have her so long! I will truly miss her welcoming smile and all of you, who I have gotten to know over the years.

    04/14/2009 –

    Cheryl (Ayers) Prosser

    Mary, Margaret & Family,
    My heart is saddened for you in the loss of your dear Mother. My prayers are with you all at this difficult time. May you find peace in God’s love.

    04/14/2009 –

    Clark Kent

    Mary, very sorry to hear of your loss. Wishing you God’s peace. Clark and Cathy Kent

    04/14/2009 –

    Nancy Sansom Ackerson

    I am so sorry to hear about your Mother. I had your Mom for a teacher back in 69/70. My family had just moved to Michigan from New Jersey, and I did not know anyone, I was also behind in learning. Your Mom found me some friends, and had me stay after school a few times to get me caught up to the rest of the class. I have seen her a few times since, and have always been amazed that she had remembered me. I will never forget her smile, and the kindness she showed to me. God Bless your family. Nancy Sansom Ackerson

    04/14/2009 –

    Missy Weber

    Mrs. Cameron was my first grade (and all-time favorite) teacher at Baldwin Heights in the mid-1970s. I remember her fondly and rejoice in her home-going.
    Chaplain Melissa (Missy) Weber

    04/14/2009 –

    Dan and Laura Amidon

    Mary, Mark and Family,
    We were deeply saddened to hear of sweet Ada’s passing. What a ray of sunshine she always brought to our lives. She will always hold a special place in our hearts. Upon telling the boys, Noah proclaimed “Mom how will we ever have Halloween again, going to Mrs. Cameron’s, for our special time, is our tradition!” Please know that you are in out thoughts and prayers.

    04/13/2009 –

    Sara Billings Garnett

    My sympathy to the Cameron family at the loss of your mother. I remember her quiet demeanor and admired her gentle faith.

    04/13/2009 –

    Joanne Renterghem

    Dear Mary, Margaret,Jim, John, Pat, Bob, & Richard- How I’ve enjoyed bringing your Mom communion over the years & feel like I know you all through the wonderful pictures you sent her! Y our Mom & I had so much in common-being born & brought up in the UP & your Dad’s name-Duncan (also my brother’s name) & so many other fun things.
    I’m down in N.C. visiting my daughter’s family & will not be at the funeral but want you to know how much I’ll miss her but i know how happy she is now with Duncan & Bill! Lovingly Joanne

    04/13/2009 –

    Barb & Kirk Perry

    Our sympathies and prayers are with the Cameron family. Ada was a dear, sweet gentle person! I taught with her at Baldwin Heights many years ago. It was a pleasure to know her-

    04/13/2009 –

    Justin Reusch

    You will be in my thoughts.

    04/13/2009 –

    Joan ( Manki) Belmas

    Dear Family of Ada, We are so sorry to hear of the loss of your dear mother, mother-in-law, and grandmother. We still are in contact with many of our friends from Greenville. Ada was a wonderful lady,friend, teacher, mother. When I moved to Greenville in 1972 to teach first grade I was a young, very green teacher and had no idea how to begin to set up a classroom. Ada cheerfully took me under her wing and helped me every step of the way and every day, even though she had her own classroom and a large family and home to take care as well. I loved visiting your lovely home and meeting you over the years. We moved to WI in 1978 but Ada and I corresponded all of these years She loved her family and her school children and I know she loved Duncan deeply. She had a lot of tenacity and a deep faith. Now they are united in Heaven. You will miss her so much. It is hard to lose our parents. She lived a good long life and your obituary captured her essence perfectly. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all. God be with you in you loss. With deep sympathy, Joan and Paul Belmas

    04/12/2009 –

    Jason, Cheryl, and Nash Baldridge

    We send our love and heartfelt condolences to the Camerons. You’ll all be in our thoughts over the coming days.
    Love, Jason, Cheryl and Nash

    04/12/2009 –

    Stephanie (Wilterdink) Manor

    Mrs. Cameron was one of my most favorite teachers. I can remember being especially grateful the summer before first grade when I found out I “got” to be in her class. She was so patient and kind and I can still see her beautiful smile. I am so sorry for your loss.

    04/12/2009 –

    Scott Baldridge

    Mrs. Cameron was a dear friend of my family’s for as long as I can remember. She holds a special place in my heart for being my first grade teacher in Greenville in the 1970’s. She taught me to read, write, and do arithmetic. Mrs. Cameron helped set me onto the path I walk today and for that, I will always be truly grateful to her.
    Bless you Mrs. Cameron for the love you shared so generously with all of us, thank you God for her life, and my condolences to her loving family for the sadness of losing a wonderful mother and grandmother.

    04/10/2009 –

    Bruce and Carla Fuller

    We are so sorry to hear of the passing of your mother/mother-in-law…our thoughts are with you.

    Bruce Belknap

    My mother, Margaret MacKallor, (El) was shocked and very saddened to receive the letter with the news of your mother’s death. They had been best friends since Mom was 4 years old. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you. I am printing and sending her the obituary to help her with closure.

    Marge Faber

    Rich & Deb,
    Thinking of you as you walk through this valley of loss. May you feel God’s presence and support.
    Blessings, Marge

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