Camilla Ann Alton, age 90, of Wayzata, Minn., Palm Beach, Fla., Madeline Island, Wisc. and Grand Marais passed away peacefully on January 5, 2019, of Parkinson’s disease, surrounded by her loving family.
Camilla was born in 1928 in Slayton, Minn. and later moved to Pipestone, Minn., where she graduated from high school in 1946. Camilla married her high school sweetheart and started a family.
She devoted her life to her husband and five children, and was a loving, attentive wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. Camilla was the steadfast matriarch of the family. She was always interested in your life story. She was a very good listener and remembered what you told her.
She was a voracious reader of the newspapers from all of the communities to which she was connected. She was interested in many topics including medicine, history, geography, people, plants and animals, especially Minnesota loons and birds. She had a superior knowledge of vocabulary and spelling.
She was an excellent candidate for college but never found time to attend, although she supported her husband and all of her children in pursuing a college education and graduate study.
Camilla enjoyed spending time with her husband at their lake homes in northern Minnesota and Wisconsin.
She also really enjoyed traveling abroad with her daughters on guided tours of many European countries, Israel, China, Australia and New Zealand, and an African safari.
Camilla had many good friends in Florida, Minnesota, and Wisconsin. She will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved her, especially her five children.
She is preceded in death by her husband of 72 years, Howard R. (Bob) Alton, Jr.; her parents, Roland and Bertha DeMong; sisters, Norene Harty and Darlene Jacobsen.
She is survived by her children, Judge Ann L. Alton (Retired), Jeanine Alton-Ryan (Shawn Ryan), Howard R. (Robin) Alton, III, Patricia Alton Baker (Jeffrey), and Michelle Alton Bonomo (Sammy); 13 grandchildren, two great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.
Funeral services were held on January 10, 2019 at Wayzata Community Church in Wayzata. Burial at Lakewood Cemetery.
Memorials preferred to the Alton Fund at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn.