Camilla Irene (Shea) Perrill

December 09, 1942 ‒ March 28, 2020

Mansfield, Ohio

Camilla Irene (Shea) Perrill was born on December 9, 1942, in Shelby, Ohio, the daughter of Earl W. Shea and Laura Jessie (Bickel) Shea.  She passed away on March 28, 2020, in her home under the care of her loving family.

Camilla graduated from Ontario High School after which she began her first job at the Mansfield News Journal in the Classified Department.  She then transferred into the Circulation Department where her activities included secretarial responsibilities, bookkeeping, and handling customer calls.  Her career at the News Journal ended in 1961 when she moved to Newport, Rhode Island, for two years.

After returning to Mansfield, Camilla became a proud 22-year employee of the Mansfield branch of IBM where she was the Executive Administrative Assistant and Personnel Specialist.  Along the way, she earned many awards for her outstanding performance and received the most significant administrative award, the IBM Means Service Award, multiple times.

Camilla was always a hard worker and even after retirement, she continued by participating in several community activities.  She volunteered weekly at the Mansfield branch of the Ohio Genealogical Society where she spent many hours sorting and transcribing old documents.  She was also an active 10-year member of the Jared Mansfield Chapter of the D. A. R., where she served as (Communications Chair (2013 -2019), American Indians Chair (2019-2020), and Chapter Vice Regent (2017-2019). Camilla was also a member of the Ohio Genealogical Society, Volunteered on the Richland Co. Probate Court Records Project. Camilla was and a member of the Lexington Presbyterian Church where she helped with activities ranging from organizing rummage sales to cleaning the church.

She was an avid genealogist who enjoyed learning about those who had gone before her.  She went far beyond basic names and dates, writing detailed stories about her ancestors’ lives and the struggles they endured.  She was especially proud of her Irish lineage; her trip to Ireland where she stayed in B&Bs and visited with everyday Irish people was one she would never forget.

Camilla was a wonderful hostess who loved entertaining groups.  Her family and friends looked forward to her many parties featuring carefully planned gourmet menus.

She treasured her many friends and never let a friendship die because of time or distance; she found telephone time “to have wine together apart,” sent personally made cards and letters, and traveled to visit those who lived far away.

Camilla’s hard work continued with the pride she took in her home inside and out. She was regularly painting or remodeling the inside & always grooming the yard and flower beds outside. She would tirelessly spread mulch, maintain her many flower beds, weed and do whatever necessary to keep her yard something she was always proud of.

Camilla’s proudest accomplishment was her family. She loved her husband, children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. She loved spending time with each of her family members and was always interested in whatever they had going on and wanted to hear “the story”. It didn’t matter if she needed to get onto the trampoline, get on the horse, ride the four-wheeler or just go to dinner; she wanted to be involved in what they were doing.

Camilla is survived by her husband of 45 years, Norman; her son, Michael (Gabe) Waldman  of Port St. Lucie, FL; her daughter Tracy (Tim) Kissinger of Mansfield; her step-daughter, Marcy (Sam) Featheringill of Mansfield; her grandchildren Stephen Michael Waldman, Bryan Anthony Waldman, Alecia Jesse (Joshua) Binion, Andrew Timothy Kissinger, Aryn Anne Kissinger, Ali Lynne (Scott) Gilbert, Adilynn Grace Kissinger, Jamie Marie Epps, Anthony Michael Jeffery, and Troy Allen Foor; and her great-grandchildren Zachary Binion, Mackenzie Binion, Zander Binion, Evan William Kissinger, Colt Timothy Miller, Paisley Gilbert, Sylas Trent Ditmars, Vyctoria Marie Ditmars, Lyncoln James Lambert, and Marc Strosnider Cavey; her brother Kenneth (Elaine) Shea of Lexington; her sister-in-law, Dixie Murphy of Ontario and many nieces and nephews.

A private family service will be held at the Lexington Avenue Snyder Funeral Home officiated by Pastor Andrew Ballitch with burial at Mansfield Memorial Park in Ontario. Please only attend in-person if you have received an invitation. The family will plan a celebration of her life for all to attend once gathering restrictions have been lifted. Contributions in her memory may be made to the Lexington Presbyterian Church or the Jared Mansfield Chapter of the D. A. R. (Daughters of the American Revolution) and sent in care of the funeral home: PO Box 3085, Mansfield OH 44904.

Snyder Funeral Homes is honored to serve Camilla’s family. Please leave a memory or message of condolence for them on SnyderFuneralHomes.com

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  • Camilla was the kind of person that you liked right away, she always made you feel welcomed in her and Norm’s home. She was always interested in what was going in your life. And always asked about your family. She and my husband had a special bond and after he pasted ; we both would end crying together, she was that kind of friend. She will be greatly missed. My heart breaks for her family . ❤️❤️❤️

  • My wonderful friend of 59 years has left us. We raised our children together. She & Norm stood up with us when Tom & I got married. She was always there when I needed her and I for her. I loved her so much & I will miss her. Until we meet again Camilla…Love, love, love to her husband, daughter, son and her many “grands” and great “grands”.

  • Camilla was the sister I never had. I loved everything about her – from her tender heart to her glorious snits, we shared it all. There was nothing we couldn’t discuss. We traveled together, laughed together, and cried together. My grandson considers her and Norm his other grandparents. She is irreplaceable in my life. My love goes out to Norm, all of her extended family and the other friends she loved so much. You were her everything.

    Sleep well, Lady Perrill. You will always be part of me.

  • It was a wonderful privilege to know Camilla and to have been her pastor for the last three years.She was a big help to her church and to my wife Connie in many ways while she was able to attend the church. She came to our Wednesday Bible study and contributed a lot in the conversations of the Scriptures we were studyIng. Camilla will be missed by everyone in our little church; we loved her very much. Our prayers are with Camilla‘s family and friends.
    Pastor Jim Randas.

  • Camilla was a special blessing to me and to our little church in Lexington. We cleaned the church together we decorated tables and we laughed a lot. We shared tea and cookies together on many occasions in the church kitchen. Camilla had the heart of a servant and she loved doing things for people. We had a habit of sending an email to each other at the end of every day and I will certainly miss that. Camilla was one of a kind and she will always have a special place in my heart. I am so comforted to know that she is with Jesus and that someday we will wrap our arms around each other again. Everyone in our church was touched by her life and we will all feel a great loss. My deepest sympathy to Camilla‘s family and her dear husband. I hope that you will find comfort in knowing that others care about you and are praying for you to find strength and peace at this difficult time.

  • Camilla was one of my best friends. In her final days I was able to help care for and feel very privileged to spend that time with her. I will miss you so much , Camilla. I know you are in our Savior’s presence and are reunited with your ancestors. You have touched so many lives in special ways. Tom and I love you and Norm. Our hearts go out to your wonderful family. May God comfort and keep them all.
    Linda and Tom Pfizenmayer

  • Tracy & Tim, We love you and we’re praying for you & your family!!! No words can express our feelings, can’t wait to hug you!!!
    Bill & Joan

  • Camilla was such a sweet and kind soul, I will never forget the way she made me feel EVERY TIME I was around her. She has a special way of making you feel like you mattered to the world. She always made me laugh and was always full of great advice (on any topic). I will miss our very informative conversations. Love and prayers to Tracy, Mike and Norm and to the whole family. She will be greatly missed and never forgotten. Heaven is filling up with the best of the best! I feel honored and privileged to be able to say “she was my friend”. Love you !
    Mitzi “Irene” and Mark

  • Norman, Tracy, Tim & family,

    Camilla was a wonderful wife, mother and friend. Neil and I will miss her greatly. She was the glue that held our group together. She was a supreme hostess and friend to all. Norman, we are here for you if there is anything you need dont hesitate to call on us.
    Camilla Irene you are now at rest in the arms of the angels!!
    Love you forever,
    Mary & Neil Llewellyn

  • What can I say that hasn’t already been said about my life long friend Camilla. She has been my friend since childhood. I have so many great memories of growing up together. We went through it all. In the last few years when we had our weekly phone chats she liked to reminisce about the old days. She absolutely loved hearing something she had long forgotten about. I’m going to miss those conversations and will always be grateful for our years together. Love you my dear friend.

  • Camilla was a beautiful lady inside and out. She will be greatly missed and I pray for her family and especially Norm. Losing a mate is the greatest of losses.
    Jeannie Auxter

  • My Irish friend has passed and is in heaven . Cammie you will always be my Irish lass. Rest in peace my friend.

  • Camilla was a wonderful person and a great asset to our church, Lexington Presbyterian. She was so helpful and always had a smile. We know she is with
    God, but she is greatly missed. Our sympathy to her family and friends.

  • Our hearts and sympathy to Norm and the family of our dear friend, Camilla.
    Camilla was such a vital part of our small church family. We called her our “energizer
    bunny”. She always had a smile and a hug for us whenever we needed it. Her enthusiasm was contagious.
    She will be missed not only for what she did, but for who she was.
    We love you, Camilla and know you are in the arms of Jesus waiting for the rest
    of us to join you. Our thoughts and prayers for Norm and your family.
    Love and Prayers, Roger and Jerry Craig

  • ☘️May the road rise to meet you
    May the wind always be at your back
    May the sun shine warm upon your face
    The rains fall soft upon your field
    And until we meet again
    May God hold you
    In the palm of his hand 🍀
    Thank you for making Bec and I feel as special as everyone else you held dear.. ‘Twas truly an Irish gift you had Camilla.
    Our thoughts and prayers with Norm, family, and all your many friends.
    Love …Bec & DP

  • My sweet Aunt Camilla will be missed by so many. I will miss her warm smile and twinkle in her eyes when she smiled!! My thoughts are with all that were lucky to have her in their lives her absence will be with us all! XXOO

  • Dear Tracy & Family,
    I’m sorry to hear about your Mom. Remembering her fun & spunky spirit from the few times I met her. Sending my thoughts and sympathy 💕

  • A chair at the old gang table now sits empty but the memories will live on forever. Camilla had the uncanny ability to keep us in line when we wandered but did it in a manner we never realized. A most gracious host at the many gatherings at the Perrill home throughout the years were both exquisite and fun. She would never miss an opportunity to celebrate a holiday with friends. She shined at bringing people togethet to have a good time. Our sincere condolences to Norm and the family. Rosa and I will always be there for you.

  • Our deepest sympathy to our precious “almost” daughter, Tracy, to Tim, Norm and Mike, all five dear grandchildren and their families. We are so terribly sorry we cannot be with you. Our hearts go out to each of you at the passing of your beautiful Camilla. We will always be grateful to her for raising a wonderful daughter and so lovingly shared all of her loved ones with us. She certainly cherished and cared deeply about each life as she prioritized her life around each of you. . Bruce and I fondly remember her warm, gracious, friendly and caring character that always made us feel welcome, comfortable, and happy to be in her presence. We are comforted with the anticipation of reuniting with Camilla again in eternal life with our risen Christ Jesus. We are praying God will wrap his loving arms around each of you and draw you into Himself to comfort you. We love you dearly! Bruce and Ruth Ann

  • Deepest sympathies to all of Camilla’s family at this sad time. She was a truly wonderful lady whom I was honored to know through our D.A.R. sisterhood.
    God bless you all,