In memory of Louise Camacho.
Surrounded by her loved ones, Louise Camacho passed from this life to the next on July 6, 2021. Louise was a first generation American, born to Joseph and Maria Osa, Nov. 7, 1929 in Susanville, California. She was the eighth child out of 10, having four brothers and five sisters. She was raised in a neighborhood mainly of Basques and Italians who worked for the Lassen Lumber Mill. The neighborhood was a close-knit community where Louise kept many of the same friends throughout her lifetime.
She always said, “It was a wonderful neighborhood to grow up in.”
Louise attended the local schools and was very active in sports. Her senior year at Lassen High School, she received Female Athlete of the Year. After high school, she attended Lassen Community College and attained her AA degree in early childhood development.
Throughout high school, Louise had many jobs from being a lifeguard at Roosevelt Swimming Pool to serving sodas at the local soda fountain shop. After starting a family, Louise became a Head Start Teacher, eventually working her way up to Head Teacher. After 33 years of teaching, Louise retired in 2002 from the Rancheria Head Start.
She would tell us, “My only hope for all my little 4 year olds is that they become productive citizens in society.”
While in high school, Louise met Steve Camacho who was a student-athlete at Westwood High School. After high school, Steve joined the Marine Corp and after receiving the Purple Heart in Korea, he returned home and the two married. Over the years they had four sons: Steve, Kevin, Marc and Kase. She was very proud of all of them.
Louise always enjoyed sports both participating and watching. In 1974 she started to play golf and continued to play until she was 89 years old. Golfing with her lady friends was one of her joys in life. Most of the time they played at Emerson Golf Course, however, the ladies loved to tour the North State and play in tournaments from Redding to Willows. She was also active in the Catholic Church and was an active member of the Beta Sigma Phi sorority. Louise believed that staying active kept a person young.
Some of her other passions were old movies, reading, relaxing at her cabin at Lake Almanor, watching local sporting events, and of course, watching the San Francisco 49ers and Giants. If those teams were playing, Louise was watching them! Over the years, Louise had the opportunity to visit Scottsdale and enjoy the Giants spring baseball games.
Louise is survived by her sons, Kevin (grandson Gabe and great grandsons Collin, Joey and Jack) and Kase (wife Carie and granddaughter Madeline). She is also survived by her younger brother, Nick Osa and numerous nieces and nephews. Louise was a beautiful person and will be missed by her family and many friends.
She was proceeded in death by her sons Steve and Marc, eight of her siblings and her mother and father.
A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 7 at Sacred Heart Church in Susanville with a reception to follow at Monsignor Moran Hall.