Camas woman sets a royal example

There are people in our community who have literally spent their lives giving back to others, and they have often done so without much in the way of fanfare or accolades.

Each year, at least one of those people is honored through the long-standing Camas Days Royal Court, which is now organized by the Camas-Washougal Chapter of the General Federation of Women’s Clubs.

This year’s recipient has truly lived up to the description “a life of community service.”

Lila Trammell, 94, is a 1935 graduate of Camas High School. During her life, she has raised a family, worked at the paper mill, and gave of her time for local projects including the Camas Outdoor School at Camp Melacoma, as well as providing in-home care, serving on Camas City Council, and developing the lasting relationship with Japanese Sister City Hosoe.

Trammell’s service continued as she and her late husband Don organized games and crafts for children as park hosts in Oregon and Washington. She served as a volunteer for the Patriot Guard Riders. And even today, she is a well-loved volunteer at Barnes Nursing Home and Hospice Center, in Vancouver, where she delivers hand-made cards to veterans.

People like Trammell serve as inspirations to their fellow citizens, as they are witness to the many rewards gained from giving back to the community.