Camilla Charlotte Moldenhauer Secrest


Camilla Charlotte Moldenhauer Secrest, 84, of Norman, passed away Thursday, May 18, 2017.


She was born October 20, 1932 at Detroit, Michigan. When she graduated from Grosse Pointe High School in 1950 she attended Wayne State University where she majored in Sociology. She also met Donald Secrest there and they married in 1955. Upon graduation she worked as a Social Worker for the Bureau of Social Aid in Detroit. Her husband, Don, decided to pursue a Ph.D in Political Science and they moved to Ann Arbor in 1959 so he could attend the University of Michigan supporting the family using his degree in Pharmacy. Both of her sons, Matthew and Glenn, were born in Ann Arbor.


The family moved to Norman in 1965 where Don took a job teaching Political Science at the University of Oklahoma. To become acquainted with the state the family took many trips to Anadarko where Camilla developed a very intense interest in Native American fine art. She became acquainted with many artists and assisted them in promoting their art. She was an art consultant for the then Stovall Museum and did many art shows in the area. She also gave lectures to any group that was interested in learning more about the art. She became an ardent collector. One son remarked “I don’t know anyone who grew up in a museum” as the collection grew and consumed a majority of space in the house.


At age 45 she went to work for a federally funded employment and training program and retired at age 75. No services are scheduled.


Mary Jo Tinsley commented on 24-May-2017 08:15 AM
Your family is in my thoughts. I will dearly miss Camilla.
Jackiei Irvin commented on 24-May-2017 09:53 AM
Sending my deepest condolences to the Secrest family. I personally want to thank you for sharing your Wife and Mother with us. Glenn and Matthew your Mother was so amazing, she did so much for everyone. Camilla was not only my supervisor, my mentor, my encourager, my friend and now my angel. Camilla will be missed by many and will be forever in my heart and the hearts of others.
Carolyn Harmon commented on 24-May-2017 07:03 PM
Dear Don, and Matt, and Glenn, I am so stunned an sorry to hear this impossible news. Camilla made the world better for everyone. I will miss her so much, and will always share your grief and loss.
Debbie Argo commented on 25-May-2017 12:09 PM
Thinking of all family members. Many fond memories of Camilla. She will be missed by many people.
Fabienne Ratkov Louise Moldenhauer Ratkov commented on 28-May-2017 11:02 AM
I will miss you sister. No matter how different we were we were strong women with great work habits. We were good judge of people, We were honest and trustworthy and devoted to our husbands and children. You are in my heart and Don is in my thoughts everyday .My dearest love and prayers to my nephews and their wives. My sincere love to you all.
Carla Davenport commented on 06-Jun-2017 05:38 PM
I am so sorry to hear of Camilla's passing. She had a lively mind and a compassionate spirit. She will be missed.


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