Cameron Mead Sibley of Evanston died  Oct. 23 due to heart failure.  Cameron, known to all as Cammie, was a lifelong Evanston resident.  She was born Jan. 17, 1936, and attended Willard Elementary School, Haven Middle School and Evanston Township High School.

After graduating from ETHS, she attended Albion College in Albion, Mich., then transferred to the University of Iowa, in Iowa City, where she majored in art. Returning to Evanston, she became a fashion designer at Lord’s Department Store and took courses at the Art Institute of Chicago. It was there she was hired by instructor, Dan Higgins, of Higgins and Hegner Art Studio, as a commercial artist.

She was a long-time member of the Unitarian Church of Evanston, where she met Sam Sibley, her husband-to-be. They were married on July 26, 1969, at the home of her parents, Paul and Louise Mead.

Cammie was a nationally known crochet designer with patterns published in catalogs by Herrschners, Annie’s Attic, and others. She won National Championships at least three times and received numerous Honorable Mentions. Her Afghans are featured on the Herrschners Afghan Calendars for 2013, 2014, and 2015.

She is survived by her husband, Sam Sibley; daughters Carrie and Kathryn Sibley; and brother Julian Mead. A Memorial Service will be held at 1 p.m. on Nov. 21 at the Unitarian Church of Evanston, 1330 Ridge Ave.

Cammie’s family invites everyone to a reception honoring her at 4 p.m. on Nov. 21 at Hackneys on Lake, 1514 E. Lake Ave., Glenview, IL, 60025.  Early dinner will be served.  RSVP to Sam at or 847-869-5072. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to the Unitarian Church of Evanston Endowment Fund in Cammie’s name. Arrangements entrusted to Haben Funeral Home & Crematory, Skokie. There is an online guestbook at