Juanita “Jan” Camillo

Juanita “Jan” Camillo passed away peacefully at home on Feb. 14, 2021, with her daughter Laura, son-in-law Jim Potts and friend and caregiver Angela Vaughn at her side.

Jan was born on June 12, 1924, at home in Los Angeles. She was a mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and a wonderful friend and outstanding Coronado Library volunteer.

Jan loved working in used book stores and brought her talents to Coronado Library in October 2005 when she became in invaluable one-woman volunteer whose tasks required her checking donated books, cleaning them of writing and readying them in pristine condition before shelving them for purchase. She worked daily in the store before the regular volunteers opened the doors of the Second Hand Prose Store for their regular shift.

Before moving to Coronado, she and her husband retired in San Marcos where Jan found a used bookstore within walking distance of her home, walked in, got acquainted with the owner, offered her service and started cleaning, clearing and shelving the books. She worked there until the original owner sold out and the new owner inherited the store “and my mother.” She worked there until her move in 2003. She found the Coronado Second Hand Prose Shop in 2005 and once again made a used bookstore the object of her attention. Her dedication to the library was evident in her diligence as the volunteer whose contribution to the Coronado Library could not be questioned. The Second Hand Prose board subsequently established a memorial bench outside of the bookstore, honoring Jan’s invaluable contribution. The bench was dedicated to her in 2012 at a ceremony that was conducted by Mayor Casey Tanaka and Library Director Christian Esquevin and the Second Hand Prose Shop President/Manager Sharon Sherman.

Jan leave behind her daughter Laura (Jim), and son Ralph (Magrit) Sanchez of El Paso, Texas; grandchildren Jasmin, John and Christine (CHS grad 1995); and four great-grandchildren.

Memorial donations are suggested for the Second Hand Prose Shop.

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