Mildred Camp Issue Date: July 26, 2018
Mildred "Millie" Cavanaugh Camp, 82, of Marinette, passed away Friday, July 20, 2018 at home.
Born May 20, 1936 in St. Louis, Mo., she was raised there until her mother died when she was 12 years old. Prior to that time, during her mother's illness and after her mother's death, she lived with her aunt, Fern Keller in Burlington, Ia.
She graduated from Burlington High School and Burlington Community College and moved to Iowa City, where she attended the University of Iowa, graduating in 1957 with a major in Political Science and French.
She worked as a librarian at the Burlington Public Library for two years prior to moving to Madison to attend graduate school in Library Science, where she completed her Master of Arts degree in August of 1961. She then moved to Evanston, Ill. to work as a reference librarian at Northwestern University.
On Aug. 14, 1965, she married William Camp at a chapel on the Northwestern University Garrett Seminary campus in Evanston, Ill., prior to moving to Elgin, Ill., where her husband worked.
There she served as Library Director at Judson College until they moved to Madison where he continued his doctoral studies and she gave birth to their daughter, Christine. The family then moved to Platteville where he taught at the University and she gave birth to their son, Jonathan.
In 1981, the family moved to Marinette and her husband worked as a psychologist and their children grew to adulthood. They divided their time between their Marinette home, their lake home near Eagle River and Madison where their children attended university. They also enjoyed travel to various parts of America and Europe.
Known for her sharp mind and caring nature, she was an active member of a local investment club, was nominated as Treasurer where she managed the group's portfolio and was good at bridge, often bringing home the prize for the evening and you could never beat her at Wheel of Fortune or crossword puzzles.
A good seamstress, she sewed everything from curtains for the cottage to a beautiful bridesmaid's dress for her daughter to wear in a wedding. She also made the best chocolate chip cookies, was a great listener, gave back to the community, spent many hours volunteering at her church, worked on fundraisers and delivered meals on wheels.
Survivors include her husband of 53 years, William; a daughter, Christine (Benjamin) Lick; a son, Jonathan (Iwona) Camp; a brother, Floyd Cavanaugh; five grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.
Including her parents, she was preceded in death by a sister, Dorothy Siegelman.
Visitation will be held at Zion Lutheran Church in Marinette on Saturday, Aug. 4 from 10 a.m. until time of funeral services at noon with Rev. Keith Kolstad officiating. Thielen Funeral Home is assisting the family. A memorial fund has been established to benefit Alzheimer's research.
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