Obituary: Camilla Jeanne Smith

Former Malibu resident Camilla Jeanne Smith passed away on Nov. 3 after battling cancer.

Former Malibu resident Camilla Jeanne Smith passed away on Nov. 3 after battling cancer.

Smith was born on June 11, 1933 in Alameda, Calif., but grew up in Santa Rosa. When she was 16, she moved with her sister, Dorothy, and parents, Arthur and Mildred Burke, to Studio City. She graduated from Our Lady of Corvallis High School and attended LA Valley College. Some of her hobbies included swimming and going to Zuma Beach.

On July 6, 1956, she married Ralph Smith in Studio City where they had their first two children, Linda and Mark. They then moved to Ontario, Calif., where their third child, Jon, was born. Soon after, they moved to Portland, Ore., where James (Jamie) was born.

While in Oregon, Smith took her kids salmon fishing, clamming and many other outdoor activities.

In 1968, the family moved to Westlake Village, where she was very active in the Westlake Athletic Association, Crespi High School and Lorena High School. In 1977, the family moved to Malibu, where Smith became very active in the Malibu Athletic Association and the art community. She worked at Pepperdine and taught Sunday School at Our Lady of Malibu church.

After the kids left the nest, she settled in Claremont, at which time she and Ralph divorced, leaving her free to move to Oak Park to be closer to her grandchildren. After 20 years, she and Ralph remarried and they lived together in Oak Park.

She is survived by her daughter, Linda Estandia, and grandchildren, Greg, Daniel and Rhiannon Estandia; son Mark Smith, and granddaughter Halie; son Jon Smith, daughter-in-law Mary Smith, and four grandchildren, Cameron, Armand, Jon Jr. and Marianna Smith; and son Jamie Smith and daughter-in-law Julie Smith.

A visitation took place Nov. 10 at the Griffin Family Funeral Chapels followed by a vigil. A funeral Mass took place Nov. 11 at St. Jude’s Catholic Church Westlake Village, followed by burial at Pierce Brothers Valley Oaks Memorial Park.