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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.
Published on May 20, 2017
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