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“My deepest condolences to the family. ”
1 of 14 | Posted by: Vivian Joffre - West Des Moines, IA

“Todo nuestro cariño, pensamientos y oraciones están con uds en estos difíciles momentos y siempre. Esperamos que Dios les dé paz,...Read More »
2 of 14 | Posted by: Paulina Montero - Ankeny, IA

“Mi princesa hermosa , la distancia y los años sin verte nunca cambiaron el amor que tía Yola siente por tí, ese amor que guardaré hasta el...Read More »
3 of 14 | Posted by: Yolanda Matamoros Mata Costa Rica

“Querida Familia Arias López.Reciban la expresión de sentimientos de condolencia por la partida adelantada a la casa del Señor de Cami.Conocí a...Read More »
4 of 14 | Posted by: Fanny Hernández - Costa Rica

“Camila was such a sweet person, I remember we were in a group together for a project in the class for Child Development back in 9th grade. I remember...Read More »
5 of 14 | Posted by: Jordan Richards - Ankeny, IA

“Mis condolencias,lo siento de toso corazon,lamentamos mucho la perdida.De la familia Nuñez Gomez ”
6 of 14 | Posted by: Gloria Gomez - Family

“Oh Mila how I am sorry. I am so sorry I didn't get to see you before you passed but know you'll never be forgotten. My dear how I wish from the...Read More »
7 of 14 | Posted by: Aliyah Ahmed Manchester, England

“I'm so sorry! I lost a sister to osteosarcoma in 1999-what an awful disease. May you all find peace! ”
8 of 14 | Posted by: Jessica Dagel - Ankeny, IA

“18 años no son suficiente para disfrutar a un ser amado, pero siempre debemos de recordar el tiempo que nos han dado.Con 18 años te fuiste,...Read More »
9 of 14 | Posted by: Katherine Mora - Family

“Lamento muchísimo el deceso de Cami aunque nunca la conocí personalmente pero pude hacerlo mediante los videos que publicó en YouTube de los...Read More »
10 of 14 | Posted by: Hannia Montoya - Costa Rica

“I will always remember how sweet Camila was to me when I was at my lowest, and how we used to play imessage games until 3am some nights! Thanks for...Read More »
11 of 14 | Posted by: Makaila DeWeerd - West Des Moines, IA

“Camila's memory will always live on. She touched so many hearts. Her love and mark on the earth won't be erased. Sending all my love to you guys....Read More »
12 of 14 | Posted by: Sarah Abbas - Chesterfield, MO

“So sorry Levi.... your hospital friends are here for you all if you need anything ”
13 of 14 | Posted by: Brent Steinberg - Friend

“My name is Jen, and I am a good friend of Nela Blanco's. She has told me of your families strength and courage during this most difficult time. My...Read More »
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Camila Ivette Arias-Lopez, 18, of Ankeny, Iowa, passed away on Thursday, July 30, 2020, after a long heroic battle with osteosarcoma.

Camila was born in San Jose, Costa Rica to Sileny Arias-Lopez. She attended elementary school in Santo Domingo and Horquetas, Costa Rica until third grade. After immigrating with her mother to the United States, Camila attended elementary, middle, and high school in Ankeny, Ia.

Camila enjoyed spending time with family especially Lola and Victor her little brother and sister. She always treasured her time with her papabelo as they grew a special bond in Costa Rica. Her trusty canine companion Leo always served as a great comfort to her as he rarely left her side. She always looked forward to spending time with friends whether it was getting dinner, going to the mall shopping, photo shoots, pulling all nighters watching criminal minds marathons, braiding hair, attending school dances, essentially she just loved being a teenager. Camila will serve as a model for strength, will, and determination as she did not let her cancer dictate her life. She always found the strength and courage to support her friends even when they were going through their own adversities.

Camila is survived by her mother Sileny Arias-Lopez, her stepfather, Levi Chodur; her brother and sister, Lola and Victor Chodur; stepsister, Lorelei Chodur; grandfather, Gilbert Arias-Chinchilla; grandparents, Larry and Ellen Chodur; uncle, Christian Arias-Lopez ( Roberto, Marco, Natalia); uncle, Gilbert Arias-Lopez (Jean Carlo); aunt, Karla (John) Kruzich (Luka and Kaleb); uncle, Luke Chodur (Jayde); Ruth (Dan) Pottratz, (Atticus, Axel, Magnus, Lars, Astrid); Andrew (Veronica) Chodur, (Leif, Finn, Gloria); Hannah (Cody) Mallory (Lilah, Lynley, Lawson)

A very special thanks goes out to Dr Rokes and the entire staff at Blank Childrens Cancer & Blood Disorders Center for the wonderful and compassionate care Camila received, to Dr Steinberg and Dr Kaufman and their entire staff at Iowa Radiology for their due diligence and going the extra mile for Camila, and the Unity Point Hospice team for making it possible for Camila to be comfortable at home and receive such empathetic care, and the countless friends and family that dedicated hours upon hours of their time in helping care for Camila. It truly takes an Army and Camila's was second to none.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to Can do Cancer, Children's Cancer Connection, and Make a Wish.

A public visitation will be Wednesday, August 5, from 4-7 p.m. at Ankeny Memorial Funeral Home (4208 N Ankeny Blvd, Ankeny, IA 50023). A funeral will be held at 11 a.m. on Thursday, August 6, at St Paul Lutheran Church (1100 SE Sharon Dr, Ankeny, Ia 50021)

To view the live stream on Facebook on Thursday, August 6, 2020:
1. Follow this link to the St. Paul Lutheran Church page or copy/paste the address into your internet browser: https://www.facebook.com/stpaulankeny/
2. 'Like' the page. (by doing this you will be able to see on your newsfeed when the livestream starts).
3. On Thursday at 11:00 a.m. go to the St. Paul Lutheran Church page to view