Theresa Cameron, 94
Theresa M. (Dion) Cameron, 94, of Wareham formerly of Attleboro, passed away on March 3 at Wareham Health Care. She was the wife of 40 years to the late Oliver Ed. (Ned) Cameron who passed away in 1984.
Theresa was born in Attleboro on Aug. 6, 1923, the daughter of the late Jean-Baptiste Dion and Eva (LePage) Dion. She was raised in Attleboro with her brother, the late Raymond Dion and her sister Pauline (Dion) Paradis of Attleboro. She attended Saint Joseph Elementary School in Attleboro and graduated from Attleboro High School.
Following high school, Terry met her future husband Ned, when she went to work for the small family business, “O. Ed. Cameron & Son Electroplaters, Inc.” in Attleboro. Ned proposed to Terry and they were married in Attleboro in 1943. They lived and raised their three children in Attleboro. In 1949, they had a summer cottage built in Parkwood Beach in Wareham. They chose Parkwood Beach, because of the location and to avoid traffic on Cape Cod. After their children were grown, they retired to their cottage in Wareham in 1972.
Throughout her life, Terry enjoyed handcrafts including knitting, sewing and embroidering. After the death of her husband, she was an active member of RSVP (Retired & Seniors Volunteer Program) at the senior center in Wareham for 18 years. She volunteered in the craft room and provided rides for friends who were unable to drive. In a “Memoir” interview for the Wareham Courier, she was asked, “what advice would you give to someone new to the community?” Her response was, “It is a friendly town. Do volunteer work in your community.” Terry’s volunteer work also included years of knitting blankets and caps for babies born with AIDS, then many years of knitting of hats and scarves for the homeless in Boston.
Terry was a communicant of Saint Patrick’s Catholic Church in Wareham for 60-plus years and made many friends through the church community. She had a green thumb, especially with African violets and Christmas cactus. Each year she grew and donated plants for the local church sale and the annual Parkwood Beach Association sale.
Terry was very independent and her goal was to live in her home until she was 90 years old. When that was not possible due to vision, hearing and mobility problems, she decided that she wanted to stay in Wareham and became a permanent resident of Kindred at Forestview in 2012. Once there, she made new friends and had the companionship of old friends that knew her from the community. With help from a network of former neighbors, friends, relatives and staff, she was able to stay right where she wanted to be until she peacefully passed away.
Terry is survived by her three children: Phillip Cameron and his wife Georgia Pryor Cameron of Boxford, Janet Cameron-Barry and her husband Joseph of Winter Park, Florida and William Cameron and his wife Arlene of Seekonk. She was also survived by five grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.
She was the sister of Pauline (Dion) Paridis of Attleboro and many loving nieces, nephews, cousins, godchildren and friends.
At her request visiting hours will be omitted. Her funeral Mass will be celebrated on Thursday, March 15 at 10 a.m., in Saint Patrick’s Church 82 High St. Wareham. Relatives and friends are cordially invited to attend. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that Terry be honored by a small act of kindness to one another. To leave a message of condolence for the family, visit www.warehamvillagefuneralhome.com Interment will be private. Arrangements by Wareham Village Funeral Home 5 Center St. Wareham.