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Cambier, Ruth, Mrs. John, 1891-1960


Posted By: Lydia Lucas - Volunteer (email)
Date: 11/4/2010 at 19:47:27

Funeral Service Here Today for Mrs. R. Cambier

Funeral services for Mrs. John Cambier, sr., are to be held this (Thursday) afternoon at 1:30, at the American Reformed church. Rev. H. Colenbrander will give the funeral sermon, with Rev. A. Hook, American church pastor, assisting in the service.

Interment will be made in the family plot in the Orange City cemetery. Serving as pallbearers will be Gt. Raak, M. Van Leeuwen, Arie Van Marcl, Earl Klay, Virgil Rowenhorst and John R. Reinders. Honorary pallbearers were T. E. Klay, Dr. Frank Hospers, W. H. Hospers, George Dunlop, Arie Vander Stoep, and Ellsworth de Jong. Committal rites at the cemetery will be for Mrs. Cambier and for her parents, P. J. De Kruif, who died in 1957, and Mrs. De Kruif, who died in 1948, whose ashes will also be interred here today.

Mrs. Cambier died early Monday morning, June 27, at the Hospital of the Good Samaritan in Los Angeles. She has been seriously ill with cancer for over two years, had undergone several operations during that time, and was hospitalized for seven months prior to her death.

Ruth Marguerite De Kruif Cambier was born in Orange City, March 3, 1891, the daughter of Peter J. and Cornelia Wagner De Kruif. Her father was an early-day pharmacist here, and operated the drug-store which later became Lubbers' Pharmacy, and still later Van's and the Village Drug.

Educated in the local schools and graduated from Orange City High school, Mrs. Cambier taught in rural schools near Maurice and northeast of Orange City. She then enrolled at Drake University in Des Moines and attended briefly there before her marriage in 1914.

Mr. Cambier, who came to Sioux county as a young boy, was a farm machinery and automobile dealer and organized the present Chevrolet dealership when granted the company franchise in 1927. He died in 1932.

Two children were born to the Cambiers, both of whom survive -- John W. of Orange City and Joyce (Mrs. Harry R. Bradley) of Santa Barbara, Calif. There are also six grandchildren surviving; and Mrs. Cambier's brother and sister, Dr. R. R. De Kruif and Miss Esther De Kruif, both of Los Angeles.

Following the death of her husband in 1932, Mrs. Cambier moved to California with her two children but stayed only a year. She then returned to Orange City and made her home here 10 more years, until again moving to California in 1942. From 1942 through 1955, she continued to spend her summers in Iowa at the family's Lake Okoboji cottage.

Long a member of the American Reformed church in Orange City, of which her father was a charter member, Mrs. Cambier transferred her letter in later years to the First Congregational church in Los Angeles. She was active in the Women's club while living in Orange City; maintained an active interest in Republican party affairs and politics; and lately had made it a personal concern to finance and disseminate materials promoting the American way of life, which she felt was being undermined by socialist and communist tendencies.

Source: Sioux County Capital, June 30, 1960.


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