Planning to live until she's 100 years old, Sister Claudia Kamor also expects to be teaching Primary until then, she told the Church News during a telephone interview.
She is off to a good start at age 88, teaching 7-year-olds in the Primary of the Broomall 2nd Ward, Valley Forge Pennsylvania Stake.
"I look forward to it," she said of her weekly assignment with four students, including one who speaks only Swedish and has her father for a translator. Sister Kamor's hope is that she can move up with the class next year when they will all be baptized.
"She writes letters to the kids every week to remind them of the lesson," said Kristy Moffat who was the Primary president who first called Sister Kamor to be a teacher. "I think she's inspired."
Sister Moffat, wife of Bishop David K. Moffat, continued, "She's a very active person for her age. She walks a mile every day, picking up trash along the way. She makes sure the world's a better, cleaner place for her being there. And she's always thinking of other people."
That includes the missionaries from the ward, Sister Moffat said, with her own son, while serving in South Africa, having received a gift package from Sister Kamor.
Claudia Cooke met Frank Kamor in their junior high years. After high school, Claudia went to university, and Frank went into the military. When Frank finished his military service and went to university, Claudia finished university and went into the military. But finally they got together and were married in 1948.
Sister Kamor said missionaries knocked on their door in 1951. They listened to the lessons, but only she was baptized. She said her husband was supportive of her membership; eight years later, he got baptized and went on to serve in many callings, including bishop, until he died in 1997. She said that during a cross country trip to attend general conference in 1971, their family was sealed in the Salt Lake Temple.
The Kamors have three daughters; a son was killed in an auto accident at age 19. Sister Kamor proudly announced she also has 13 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.
Included among the many activities Sister Kamor said she enjoys are trips to the Washington D.C. Temple at least once a month.
Over the years — she has lived in the same house since 1964 — Sister Kamor has served others and in many Church callings including Relief Society president. Not allowing herself to slow down in her later years, her joy in service continues, surrounded by the children she now teaches in Primary. — Greg Hill