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Longtime Chelmsford Resident Was 'Lifelong Learner,' Taught Mathematics and Drawing

Katherine "Kayce" Cameron passed away on May 8 at 93 years old.

Katherine "Kayce" Cameron, 93. Photo: Morse-Bayliss Funeral Home
Katherine "Kayce" Cameron, 93. Photo: Morse-Bayliss Funeral Home
The following is an obituary courtesy of Morse-Bayliss Funeral Home.

Katherine M. "Kayce" Cameron, a resident of Chelmsford for over sixty years, died peacefully on May 8, aged 93 years.

Born in Boston, September 24, 1920, a daughter of the late Robert and Jessie (Matheson) Cameron. She attended schools in Fitchburg, Lowell and Chelmsford, and graduated from Chelmsford High School.

Kayce studied engineering at Northeastern University, earned an undergraduate degree from Fitchburg State College and a graduate degree from Boston College. 

During World War II, she worked as a draftsman in the engineering department of Radiation Laboratory at M.I.T. Later, she taught mathematics and drawing at Brockton's West Junior High School and Westford Academy. A lifelong learner, Kayce attended cultural courses at colleges in Nova Scotia, and during the summer, enjoyed the RISE program at Rivier College of Nashua.

Miss Cameron was a life member of the American Youth Hostel and bicycled throughout New England and Canada. While staying at various hostels, she enjoyed dancing at local square dance events. Kayce loved to travel and went on tours of Canada, Cuba, Mexico, Europe and the Holy Land. She also enjoyed spending time at her vacation homes in Kingston, NH, and Rocky Mount, NC.

She was fond of cats and small dogs, especially her champion Border Terriers that she entered in dog shows throughout New England. She also enjoyed reading pet biographies and stories, and wrote about her own pets in her memoirs. 

In June of 1945, Kayce attended the first meeting of the Secular Franciscan Order at St. Anthony's Shrine in Boston. The following year, she was professed, and remained in the order for over fifty years, serving as a lector at various churches, including St. Mary Church of Chelmsford.

She is survived by a Godson, David Sutherland of Londonderry, NH, and a nephew, Ronald G. Sutherland of Lowell. Also by several cousins in Nova Scotia, Canada. She deeply appreciated the friendship of Fr. Myron McCormick O.F.M., Betty and Bob Demeo, Jack and Jan Fletcher and Ed and Robin Knox. She was predeceased by her beloved sister, Frances Marie Cameron.

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