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Dorothy Van Camp

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iconDOROTHY VAN CAMP Dorothy Jean Rourke Van Camp crossed into the loving grace of her Lord and Savior Feb. 8, 2011, from complications of vascular disease. She was 93 years old. Dorothy was born in Palmer, Mass. June 6, 1918, to Walter Russell and Alma Jean Rourke, nee Lauder. Dorothy graduated from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst with a BS in microbiology in 1938. Dorothy joined the WAC in the spring of 1942, received her training as a physical therapist and earned the rank of second lieutenant. Assigned to Fitzsimmons Army Hospital in Denver, Dorothy met Raymond William Van Camp, a returning Japanese POW. Dorothy started the Physical Therapy Department in Durango, in 1949. While Raymond was in graduate school Oklahoma State University, Dorothy worked as a PT in the polio wards at Stillwater Hospital. She would describe that time as the most difficult of her career. Dorothy was a life member of the Daughters of the American Revolution, Sarah Platt Decker Chapter. She is survived by her eldest son, W. Russell Van Camp and wife, Teri of Spokane, Wash.; daughters, Elisabeth Van Camp of Las Vegas, and April Van Camp Gil and husband, Manuel of Grand Junction, Colo.; son, Kelley Van Camp and wife, Karen of Las Vegas; 10 grandchildren; ten great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild; and her sisters-in-law, Adeline Van Camp Becay of Durango, and Jean Van Camp Balderston of Montrose, Colo. The Van Camp family wishes to thank JoJo and Josefina for their kindness, respect, and devotion to our beloved mother. We also wish to thank the St. Rose Hospice angels of mercy and patience, Donna, Micheal and Ellie, and our Mom's spiritual guide, Sister Janet. Finally, to Karen Koepsell, we thank you so much for all you did for Mom and for us. Dorothy Jean Rourke Van Camp: mother, healer, soldier, teacher and friend. Your passing leaves a heartache that cannot be healed; your love leaves a memory that will not fade. Memorial service will be at 2 p.m. Friday, April 29, at Southern Nevada Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Boulder City.

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