Crystal Cleo Cameron Nester, Marysville, formerly from Raytown, MO, died Wednesday, April 22, 2015 at Cambridge Place, Marysville. Visitation was from 10 a.m. until 9 p.m., Friday, April 24 at Kinsley Mortuary, Marysville. A funeral service was held at 10:30 a.m., Saturday, April 25 at Mission Creek Church, Pawnee County, NE. Rev. Marilyn Sweet officiated. Marsha Barr played the organ while the congregation sang “In the Garden” and “Amazing Grace”. The pallbearers were Brian Kerl, Tim Dengel, Steve Mason, Alvin Erhart, Mark Cameron and Steve Cameron. Burial was in Mission Creek Cemetery. Cleo was born September 3, 1916 on the family farm near Summerfield, KS, James and Alma (Fye) Cameron. She attended country grade school and graduated from Summerfield High School in 1936. She and her mother lived in Sandpoint, ID, for several years where Cleo worked at a Defense Plant during WWII. In 1946, she returned to the Summerfield area. She worked at the Triangle Drug Store in Marysville from 1949-1950. On November 11, 1950, she married Bill Nester. They lived in Emporia until 1952, in Topeka from 1952 until 1958, Kansas City in 1958 and moved to Raytown in 1960. Cleo became a member of the Raytown Christian Church in 1963 and she and Bill regularly attended. They were also members of the 4 Seasons, a very active seniors group at the church. She was an avid gardener with a special interest in flowers, especially dahlias. She loved to grow and show flowers and was very competitive. Cleo was a certified Dahlia Show Judge and helped judge in local shows and at the Missouri State Fair. She was an active member of the Greater Kansas City Dahlia Society and served as Historian and librarian for many years. She was also a member of the Town and Country Garden Club of Raytown and served several times as President and Show Chairman. Cleo and Bill loved fishing, dancing and traveling. They traveled extensively in the United States and parts of Canada. Survivors include her nieces and nephews and their families, Larry and Sharon Cameron, J.D. and Jackie Cameron, Marie and Henry Kerl, Norma Mason, Lowell and Betty Morrill, Donna and Frank McGuire, Twila Kepler; great and great-great nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Bill on July 18, 2014; brothers, Glenn Cameron, Vernon Cameron; sisters, Daisy Morrill, Pearl Diehl; and brother-in-law, Dana Kepler. Cleo will be remembered by many for her friendly manner, smile and her cheerful attitude. She could always find the bright side of a bad situation and inspire the confidence that everything would work out okay. “Don’t Worry.” We will miss her and cherish her memory. A memorial fund is established to Mission Creek Cemetery or Meadowlark Hospice. Contributions may be sent in care of Kinsley Mortuary.
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