Obituaries

Judith M. Cameron

November 29, 1936 - January 9, 2021

Judith M. Cameron, 84, of Batavia, Il., formerly of Naperville, Il. and Wheeling, Il., passed away on Saturday, Jan 9, 2021 surrounded by her loving family at the Holmstad in Batavia, IL.  Judy was born on November 29, 1936 in Chicago, Il., the daughter of Arthur and Miriam (nee. White) Blood.  

Judy will be remembered for many things.  But probably first was her independence.

She was a daughter, a wife, a mother, grandmother, great grandmother and did all with a passion, giving of her time and love selflessly. A multi-career professional starting as a Speech Teacher, Health Inspector and Environmental Sanitarian she put others health above her own. A lover of people with a fascination of cultures and religions and embracing people for who they are. A world traveler visiting 39 countries on 5 continents. A humanitarian assisting the local food pantry every Saturday morning for years and providing food and clothing to the local PADS organization, she helped and nurtured so many people. An ecologist long before it was a thing, fighting for green and clean spaces since 1970. A baker of frosted cookies, french toast, lemon cake, and rice crispy treats for family and friends. A lover of music, she played the bassoon and enjoyed going to the Symphony, Opera and Paramount Theatre for plays and musicals. An animal lover she always had a cat and feed the birds and wildlife She loved the Unitarian Church and the spiritually it fostered and good friends. A historian and keeper of family lore, she enjoyed genealogy and researching our family. A photographer- there was always a camera about and boxes of photos. An artist she was creative in art, music, and hand crafts - we all have pieces of her work.  A teacher both at school and at home- she taught us about logical consequences, to be responsible human beings, good parents, to love books, puzzles and always learn.  Shared her time generously but also knew how to care for herself, set goals, and achieve them.

She showed us how to love and care for an aging parent so that we could learn and remember and care for her. We will always have our mom...forget words of passing, loss, or death we focus on her name, her touch, her words and perspective.

She is survived by her two children: Elizabeth (Timothy) Corrigan and Jock (Rita) Cameron;

her five grandchildren: Ross, Courtney (Rob), Brittany (Mike), Margaret, Connor, and her two great grandchildren: Eli and Clay.

She is proceeded in death by her parents and siblings: Miriam and Nancy.

Judy will be interned at Elmhurst Cemetery in Joliet, Il, where she will join her sister and parents.  In lieu of flowers memorial donations can be made to the following: the Alzheimer’s Association, https://act.alz.org/site/Donation2, or the West Suburban Food Pantry where she was a passionate helper for many years, https://wscpantry.org/donate/, or the Fairbanks house which she loved, https://fairbankshouse.org/support/make-a-donation/.  

Guest Book

  • TJ, Oreo, and Penni Dear Arbor and family: We are so very sorry for your loss. May your wonderful memories give you some peace.
  • judith m. cameron I got to know Judy first in our Unitarian Church when the minister separated us into groups discussing "what is a friend and how can you be one?" We both had the same ideas; our friendship began in that moment and continued for years. Later, she helped at our wedding. We loved Judy for her sense of humor and directness, her love and her compassion. We will always miss her. Chris and Chris van Wandelen
  • Kathy Meier I got to know Judy recently when she was living at the Holmstadt and fell in love her. She had a wonderful sense of humor and love of nature. I would take her to the gardens and we would sit and watch the birds and chipmunks. My condolences.
  • Jan Horvath Dear Beth, Jock and family, My heart goes out to you as you process the loss of your Mother. She was a good friend to my mother, and once traveled with her to see one of my concerts. I got to know her a bit then and was so enchanted by her smart, witty ways. I am holding you in my thoughts and prayers with love.
  • Tom and Kelley Kunkel Oh my gosh, even in the sadness of Judy's passing, we can't help but smile at the memories. We first met Judy when helping her find a new home in Naperville. I was warned that she could be a tough task master. She was absolutely delightful and we feel honored to have met her and called her a friend. The first outing for home shopping, I brought sodas and chocolate covered granola bars. The second time out, she brought cut up apples, oranges and bottles of water! That was Judy. We will miss her.
  • Diane Lach Beth, Jock and Family, My deepest sympathy on the loss of your mother. What a beautiful Obituary. She certainly lived a full life, happiest when she was helping others. It was a pleasure having her as a neighbor in Naperville. She always had interesting stores to tell. May she rest in peace. May all of you hold on to all the good memories you have to get you through this difficult time.
  • Faith and Bill Bailey Judy exemplified humility, generosity, compassion, and complete dedication to her many pursuits at North Shore Unitarian Church, where Bill and I knew her for about 30 years. She was a person of complete integrity, a rarity; and we shall remember her for the good example she set within our community.
  • Mary Samerdyke Dear Beth and family, I an so sorry to hear about your Mom's passing. I will always think fondly of her and the many stories you shared over the years. Wishing you peace at this time. Mary & Jeff
  • Joan Miller reaphaeWhat a fun person! I loved carting her to appointments or shopping, going out for brunch, or to the theater. Especially blessed to know she loved my son Erich, and made dinner for him when he helped her with Computer problems. I picture her riding her bicycle to exercise groups...and all over the place. We were all so lucky to have had her in our lives for even a short time... Don't cry because Judy died, but smile because she lived. >^--^
  • Dawn Frase Dear Beth, Jock and Family, I love the pictures you've shared of your dear Mom and the story of her life. I knew her from the time we spent together as members of the North Shore Unitarian Church when she lived in Wheeling. I have fond memories of her as a very kind, caring and supportive person who had a warm and welcoming smile. I feel blessed to have known her. Holding you in my heart and sending you love!