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Letha Jean Maples Camp

December 24-1932 – April 20, 2020

Letha Jean Maples Camp, 87, of Friendswood, TX left her earthly home to meet her Lord and Savior on April 20, 2020.  She was born December 24, 1932 to William Roosevelt Maples and Marion Irene Rude Maples in Rosenberg, TX.  She graduated from Clear Creek High School in Webster, TX in 1950.  Letha accepted Jesus Christ as her Lord and Savior as a child and was a faithful servant to the Lord. Letha attended the Houston Conservatory of Music after High School.  From the day she learned to play the piano as a young child and her love of music grew and grew.  She played for her family and local church while growing up in the Humble Oil Camp across from Ellington AFB.  She loved hymns and memorized all of them.  She met her husband, Kenneth, on a blind date while he was stationed in the Air Force.  They married in 1955 and celebrated 60 years of marriage before Kenneth's passing in 2015.

Letha and Kenneth decided to build their house and family in Friendswood in 1959.  They joined the newly formed First Baptist Church of Friendswood in 1959. Letha continued to love of music becoming the church organist for over 40 years.  Letha was dedicated to the church filling many roles from pianist, organist, Sunday School teacher, summers with vacation bible school, and worked at the church as the Financial Secretary.

Letha taught piano lessons at her home for 57 years before retiring in 2017.  She also played for many weddings and other events during this time. She touched so many lives with her love of music.

Letha would often see a need in her church or the community and would reach out to help. In 2010, Letha joined the Friendswood United Methodist Church where she quickly was welcomed into the music ministry program.  Letha was very faithful serving in the church choir, playing the piano on Mondays for Joyful Hearts, playing the piano for services on Sunday afternoons at retirement communities in Friendswood, and at the Gathering.

Letha made so many wonderful friends through her life. Letha's loves were first – the Lord Jesus her Savior, her family, her church family, music, sewing and her friends and family at Friendswood Volunteer Fire Department.

As a member of the Friendswood Volunteer Fire Department's Ladies Auxiliary she and other wives of the volunteer firefighter/medics saw the need in 1974 to staff the ambulance in the daytime. The ambulance was sitting out of service until the men came home from work.  They recruited more women in the city and completed the EMT classes together which allowed the ambulance to stay staffed 24 hours a day. This was the beginning of a unique daytime response to EMS calls by the women of the community.  In 1983 she and several other female medics completed the paramedic course. Letha served actively as a Paramedic for 38 years then she retired and continued to help on special events with the EMS; one of her favorites was the childhood vaccination program until her passing. Letha served in many roles in the EMS including EMS Chief.

Letha is preceded in death by her parents; William R Maples and Marion Rude Maples; and husband Kenneth M. Camp.  Letha leaves behind her two children: Lisa Camp and Kevin Camp (wife Deborah), grandchildren; Sydney, Madelynn and Ryan; Sister – Marlene Pitts (husband Billy Don); nephews- Ricky, David and Terry; many cousins on the Rude side of her family and her extended Camp Family in Massachusetts.

The family wishes to thank everyone for their outpouring of support and love during this difficult time.  Letha was loved by so many people in and around Friendswood.

A memorial service will be held on Saturday, July 25, 2020 at 2:30 P.M. at Jeter Memorial Funeral Home Chapel, 311 N. Friendswood Dr., Friendswood, Texas 77546 with Rev. Jim Bass officiating.

In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the Friendswood Volunteer Fire Department EMS, 1610 Harold Whitaker Dr., Friendswood, Texas 77546 or the Friendswood United Methodist Church Music Program at 110 N. Friendswood Dr, Friendswood TX 77546.

 Condolences may be sent to the Camp family in care of Jeter Memorial Funeral Home at www.jeterfuneralhome.com.

I'm Free

Don't grieve for me now I'm free. I'm following the path God has laid you see.  I took his hand when I heard Him Call – I turned my back and left it all.  I could not stay another day, to laugh, to love or play.  Tasks left undone must stay that way. I found that peace at the close of the day.  If my parting, has left a void then fill it with remembered joys, a friendship shared, a laugh, a kiss, oh yes these things I too will miss.  Be not burdened with times of sorrow.  My life's been full.  I savored much.  Good friendship, good times and a loved ones laugh.  Perhaps my time seemed all too brief.  Lift up your hearts and peace to thee.  God wanted me now.  He set me free.

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9 thoughts on “Letha Jean Maples Camp”

  1. Nancy and Tom Morin

    Such a beautiful woman in so many ways. My condolences Lisa, Kevin, all her family. She will be missed by her Friendswood EMS AND church family. Thank you for being who you were, heaven has a new 😇
    angel. Ken is happy to be with you.. Love to you, Nancy and Tom

    1. My heart and prayers are with you and Kevin! Your loss at such a difficult time! May you and your family know she is at peace in heaven! God bless and prayers. Heaven is sweeter now! Love always Aunt Linda

      1. Gerry O'Farrell

        Letha was a true blessing to all in many ways…Her organ playing at Church was always outstanding…She played at my children's weddings also…Enjoyed her family and friendship over the years…

  2. Tracy Mallary Shamma

    I remember Letha so we'll as a fixture in my childhood, and piano teacher for my brother. My parents, Bill Mallary and Pat Mallary served with her as ambulance medics. I will always remember her and her husband fondly! My sincere condolences to the Camp family.

  3. Prayer for the Camp family. Letha was always helping others. I made hundreds of scenes with her. She was a treasure for Friendswood and it's citizens. She will be missed but not forgotten.

  4. Mardi Cole Parmenter

    Mrs Camp was awesome ❤️❤️❤️ always a part of all so many people that help my Christian Walk with Jesus grow from teachers at Frirst Baptist Church Friendswood back in the 60's and 70's ❤️ Her music 🎶 blessed every Service and her love of Jesus was always her foundation 🙏🏻🙏🏻🙏🏻🙏🏻 🙏🏻🙏🏻🙏🏻🙏🏻 I will pray for peace for Lisa and Kevin and sooo many dear friends who have lost this wonderful Friend!!!!
    God Bless
    Mardi Cole Parmenter

  5. Kitten Brizendine

    I have the privilege of knowing the Camp family for years. They all have served this community with love, faith, joy and heart. Mrs Camp was indeed a pioneer as she and so many wonderful women "stepped up" wherever they saw the need. May all God's comfort and peace be with Lisa, Kevin and family at the loss of this truly remarkable lady.

  6. David Bilodeau

    The Covid-19 pandemic has isolated us from certain information and I have just stumbled upon Letha's obituary.

    I had the honor of volunteering alongside her, Ken and Lisa in the Friendswood Volunteer Fire Department from 1975 to 1980.

    She and Ken were salt-of-the-earth people, as individuals, as a couple, as parents and as Christians.

    My love and condolences to Lisa and Kevin and the greater extended Camp family.

  7. Sharon Bayus & Mom Cathy

    Lisa & Kevin & family–
    Please know we were with you today for services, though we could not come in person because I am sick and couldn't bring Mom. You mother was such a lovely person and faithful servant of the Lord. I can only imagine the music she is making now on the organ she's always wanted and the honor of playing in person for the person she loves the most as her savior and Lord. An audience of One. What wonderful neighbors you all are but your Mama was so vigilant to keep an eye on my Mom since our Dad's have been gone, and we are so grateful for your family and the untold hours of service to our community. We know both of your folks are so proud of both of you! Our prayers and support are with you and your family.

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