Camille Louise Njus

Camille Louise Njus

Baltimore, Baltimore City, Maryland, USA
Death 4 Aug 1978 (aged 20)
Des Moines, Polk County, Iowa, USA
Burial Montour, Tama County, Iowa, USA
Memorial ID 111812098 · View Source
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Camille Louise Njus was born May 13, 1958, in Baltimore, Maryland, to Olav and Jean Njus. She came to Grinnell, Iowa, with her family in 1974, and attended schools in Cedar Falls and Grinnell. She graduated from Grinnell High School in 1976, receiving honors for scholastic ability, music, prose, poetry, speech and drama. She played clarinet in the band and held several lead parts in musicals at Grinnell High School. She spent her final semester as a page in the Iowa Legislature.

Miss Njus also spent a year in Bielfeid, Germany, as a Grinnell Rotary Club foreign exchange student. She had spent the year before her death as a student at Grinnell College and was enrolled for the fall semester at St. John's College in Santa Fe, New Mexico. She had received a full scholarship to St. John's College in Annapolis, Maryland, for the spring.

Camille disappeared from Des Moines, Iowa, on August 4, 1978. Two months later on October 18, her body was found near the Des Moines River in a deserted area known as the Flint Access. Officials believed foul play was involved and classified her death as a homicide.

Funeral services were held at 11 a.m Saturday, October 21, at the Grinnell United Methodist Church with the Rev. James Russell officiating. Kathleen Heffner was organist, and pallbearers were Tom Anderson, Wayne Anderson, Ken Bryan, David Ferneau, Frank Ferneau and Gerald Ferneau.

Burial was at Maple Hill Cemetery in Montour (IA), with the Smith Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.

Memorials in Camille's name were to be directed to the Grinnell Rotary Club's foreign exchange program.

Survivors included her mother and stepfather, James and Jean Letch Gould of Grinnell; her father, Olav Njus of Galesville, Wis.; a brother, Glen O. Njus of Iowa City; a sister, Mrs. J.H. Louis Ingles of Swansea, Mass.; a stepbrother, John P. Gould of Charles City; her maternal grandmother, Mrs. George (Effie) Letch of Grinnell; and her step-grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. R.J. Gould of Harlan.

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  • Created by: Jody Ewing
  • Added: 4 Jun 2013
  • Find a Grave Memorial 111812098
  • Find a Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Camille Louise Njus (13 May 1958–4 Aug 1978), Find a Grave Memorial no. 111812098, citing Maple Hill Cemetery, Montour, Tama County, Iowa, USA ; Maintained by Jody Ewing (contributor 47271115) .