OBITUARY: Camellia J. Allender
Camellia J. Allender left this world on May 15, 2004, at Barton Memorial Hospital, South Lake Tahoe, Calif., and entered into the light of love. She was born January 10, 1936, in Albuquerque, N.M., and was a resident of South Lake Tahoe for 26 years. She was 68 years old.
Camellia and her husband, Robert, were inseparable, even in sickness. She was the light of his life. The cancer that possessed her was devastating – she suffered so long and the pain was so great that she could finally take no more. Camellia had fought the disease for more than a year. She was the light to her husband and son, who will surely miss her forever.
Camellia will be remembered for her strength of spirit, intense courage and loving generosity. As a dearest wife and mother, she always had an encouraging word when times were down, even when she was suffering so. She gave so much of herself and touched the lives of her family with loving humor. Her radiant smile and contagious laughter brightened up many souls over the years. She gave so much to so many and will be held in their hearts and memories fondly forever. In her family’s words: “May God hold you in his warmest embrace forever – until we meet again, all our love.”
She is survived by her loving husband, Robert M. Allender; son, Robert M. Allender III and his wife, Sharon A. Betters; grandchildren, Kayla Allender and Keanu Allender; father, A.C. Gonzales; and seven brothers and a sister.
A memorial service will take place May 20, 2004, at 4 p.m. at the McFarlane Mortuary, 887 Emerald Bay Road, South Lake Tahoe.