Services will be held Saturday in Forest Grove for longtime community member

NEWS-TIMES FILE PHOTO - Camille Miller with Pete Truax.Forest Grove resident and former city councilor Camille Miller died Friday, Aug. 4.

She was a "pillar of the community," said Forest Grove/Cornelius Chamber of Commerce President Howard Sullivan.

"She did what she honestly thought was best for Forest Grove," said Forest Grove Mayor Pete Truax.

"She was old-school cool," said Forest Grove Fire & Rescue Public Information Officer Dave Nemeyer.

"We will miss her tremendously in our town," said former Forest Grove mayor and city councilor Richard Kidd III.

Miller spent time in many different city circles; she was involved in everything from the fire department to community events to government.

She was 69 years old when she died last week, leaving behind her husband Carl "Al" Miller, three children, two stepchildren and grandchildren. She served two four-year terms as a city councilor from 2006 to 2014.

She was an active member of St. Anthony's of Padua Catholic Church in Forest Grove along with the Forest Grove Kiwanis Club and Forest Grove/Cornelius Chamber of Commerce.

Miller was also a main player in some of Forest Grove's largest community events. Truax can hardly remember a time when Miller wasn't working on the city's annual corn roast.

Nemeyer shared similar sentiments, remembering his first impression of Miller bringing food and beverages to the firefighters volunteering at the corn roast when they couldn't take breaks. That was back in the 1990s when Nemeyer was just starting out his firefighting career as a volunteer.

Nemeyer also worked with Miller on the city's annual holiday light parade and at fire department social events attended by Miller and her husband, a former battalion chief. "She did so much. She was important to us," Nemeyer said. "She was just genuinely really, really friendly."

Department firefighters are wearing black bands over their badges in honor of Miller this week.

That genuine quality seemed to run over into Miller's State Farm insurance business too. Nemeyer said he can't count how many times Miller would personally visit her clients on the scene of hardships — everything from house fires to burst water pipes — on weekends, holidays and evenings.

"There was no doubt where she stood on issues but she expressed herself with style and grace and never carried grudges," said Truax, who worked with Miller on the council. "I'm going to miss her but I'm grateful I got the chance to cross paths with her as much as I did."

Kidd also worked with Miller in city government and considered her a personal friend. "She was a person who continually gave her time to better the community," he said. "Any community event there was in town, Camille was there."

Services for Miller will be held at St. Anthony's Catholic Church in Forest Grove Saturday, Aug. 12, starting with a rosary at 9:30 a.m., followed by a Mass at 10 a.m.

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