Ledwyna “Wynn” Gertrude Qualey Camas
September 25, 1933 – November 8, 2021
Born and raised in the Rogers Park section of Chicago. Wynn was a graduate of Mundelein College. Wynn spoke proudly of her first job at the city’s Merchandise Mart. While there, her boss encouraged her to have dinner with a dashing young salesman who was visiting town. Six days later, Walter Camas proposed, and shortly thereafter, Wynn was whisked away to New York by the love of her life. After a short stay in Bronxville, Walter and Wynn discovered the tight-knit community of Crestwood… and another lifelong love affair began. Walter and Wynn not only survived but thrived in spite of their differences: Chicago Cubs vs. the Bronx Bombers, politics, appropriate gardening attire, to name a few. They were married for nearly 50 years and raised four children: Anne, Paul, Virginia “Ginny” and Walter. Family and faith were all-important to Wynn, which is why a home within walking distance to church – where the Angelus signaled both lunch and a call in to dinner, no matter where the kids were became part of the fabric of our lives.
Wynn was a mainstay at the 6:45 am mass at Annunciation Church, taught CCD for decades and volunteered for years with the Missionaries of Charity in the South Bronx. Wynn was a voracious reader (often juggling more than two books at once), a NY Times Crossword Puzzle fanatic and never turned down a game of cards (especially Bridge and Hearts). She loved to host or attend a party, listen to Frank Sinatra (while singing at the top of her lungs), see a Broadway show, enjoy late afternoons at the beach in Rehobeth with her life-long friends or attend a game at Shultz Field cheering on the kids. Family and friends were all she needed.
Wynn leaves her daughter Anne and stepdaughter Colleen Phelan, of Cape Cod, MA; her son Paul, his wife Joanne, and their children Aidan, Martin, Owen and Gabriel of Woodlawn, NY; her daughter Ginny, her husband Bernie Miller, and their children Sophie and Walter of Ballston Spa, NY; her son Walter, his wife Christina, and their children Matthew, Erin, Allison, Brian and Sean of Crestwood, NY. Wynn was a daughter, sister, aunt, wife, mother, friend, and the proudest Gramma ever.
In lieu of flowers, donations would be gratefully received by the Friends of the Crestwood Library, 16 Thompson Street, Crestwood, NY 10707.