Camille attended the University of Utah, where she was a member of the Alpha Delta Pi sorority and met her husband, Anton (“Tony”) Debevetz. In 1954, Camille and Tony were married, and they were lucky enough to celebrate 60 wedding anniversaries together. Having lived in Utah, California, Colorado, Idaho, Illinois, and Massachusetts, Camille and Tony made many longstanding friendships over the years and enjoyed travelling to visit these special friends.
Camille had many passions that she mastered and then shared with others through her gift of teaching. These included oil painting, knitting, crocheting, and making the world’s best pie crust. Her greatest passion, however, was teaching American Sign Language. This passion was due to the hearing loss that she was born with, and which progressed over time. Camille became certified to teach American Sign Language and taught for many years at the College of DuPage, in Glen Ellyn, Illinois. In 2009, Camille received a cochlear implant, which she called a “miracle” and kept a journal to record her day-to-day discoveries with sound: the clicking of keys on the keyboard, the squawk of a blue jay, the notes played on the piano in church. . . Camille also became an active member of the Chicago chapter of the Association for Late Deafened Adults (ALDA), providing support, advocacy, education, and camaraderie for adults with hearing loss.
Above all, Camille will be remembered as a loving and devoted wife, mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother who lived her life with grace, strength, contemplation, and peace. She was an incredibly patient, good-humored person who exuded a calmness and tranquility that was truly unmatched. Camille devoted her life to the support of her husband, their three children, her three grandchildren, three great-grandchildren, and several grand dogs. Camille was preceded in death by her parents and her husband, Tony. She is survived by two daughters, Diane Anderson (Michael), and Tanya Trevisan (Jonathan); one son, Ravid Lurie (FKA Douglas Debevetz); three grandchildren, Tyler and Will Trevisan and April Hanson (Seth); and three great-grandsons, Carter, Bennett, and Andrew Hanson.
Private services and a celebration of Camille’s life will be held at a later date. Funeral arrangements were entrusted to the care of the Cartmell-Davis Life Celebration Funeral Homes, Plymouth, MA. In lieu of flowers, charitable contributions may be made to the Association of Late Deafened Adults (ALDA Inc., 8038 Macintosh Lane, Suite 2, Rockford, IL 61107-5336 or online at: https://alda.org/alda-donation/). For more information or to sign the online guestbook please visit www.cartmelldavis.com.