Welcome, Cecille Clayvielle!
Certainly, Cecille’s faith has brought her through some dark valleys. She tells the story of her youngest son being stricken with leukemia when he was two and half years old. He endured chemotherapy off and on over the next five years.
“It was so awful, I was so afraid. You think, ‘Why my baby? Why not me?’” she remembers.
At long last, little Charles began to get better.
Then a lot better.
He became well and began to excel in school. He graduated and joined the Air Force and obviously became a star there, too, eventually working in intelligence.
“He graduated first in his class,” says Cecille, beaming.
Charles was recognized with Airman of the Year honors in 2017. During the time he was stationed in Japan, “he personally briefed President Trump. I am so proud to say that,” she says.
Now, having recently completed his service, Charles is studying to become a doctor — with the aim of joining Doctors Without Borders.
Cecille says, “I am thinking, ‘This must be the reason that God saved him from the leukemia — he’s meant for greater things.”
There were other times she leaned hard on her faith. Leaving her abusive first marriage — and the Philippines — in 1980 was one of them. Until she was able to bring them to the States, her two older sons stayed with her mother in Manila.
“It was hard…but I had to do it,” she says resolutely. At the time, if one called the police because of domestic violence in the Philippines, “no one would come. It was very different from here.”
Having worked in accounting for Philippine Airlines, she was able to get work in the U.S.
“The first boss I had sat down with me and trained me. I thought I was good when I graduated and passed the CPA exam, but I did not understand a lot of things. But he trained me and now I can examine any books. I’ve done forensic accounting.”
She lived in West Los Angeles, working at companies in Century City and Santa Monica, until she happened to meet Charles Clayvielle III. (Their son is Charles Clayvielle IV). They married in 1991.
Charles (senior) recently retired after six years in the navy followed by a stint as a federal employee with the Department of Homeland Security out of Point Mugu. The couple lived in Oxnard, then moved to Camarillo when they bought their current house. With them is their third granddaughter, A.J., short for Alyssa Jade.
“I never had a girl. I wanted so much to have a girl,” says Cecille with a laugh. “And now I have four granddaughters!”
The eldest is in her twenties, lives in Texas and just got married. The second lives and works in the Philippines, and just left California after visiting Cecille and her husband. The youngest isn’t even two yet. She also lives in the Philippines.
A.J. “goes to school in Camarillo. She is 13 years old. My husband takes her to school. She is his favorite granddaughter. They’re very close,” Cecille shares.
Sunny and friendly, Cecille also happens to be a terrific cook who provided delicious treats at her first two staff meetings. Yum!
We welcome you, Cecille, and we’re so happy to have you on board!