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.
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.