A former Nurse Anesthetist at Audrain County Hospital, now AMC, Winifred W. Camerer, 94 died peacefully in her home in Olympia Washington on Jan 14, 2018.
Mrs Camerer practiced anesthesia at AMC from 1964 until 1990. She was very dedicated to her work.The following year she continued her work part time at Ellis Fischel Cancer Center in Columbia, MO, until retiring with her husband L.E. (Jim) Camerer in Bastrop, TX. They chose Bastrop to be near their new grandson, who she and her son delivered.
Winn was born on November 4, 1922 in Terra Haute, IN. Winifred Wayne Willis was the only child of Harry W. Willis and Nel Hixon Willis. Winn was in the class of 41 at Wiley High School in Terra Haute. In 1945 Winn graduated with her RN from Jewish Hospital Nursing School in St Louis, MO.
As an RN she was the head nurse of Pediatrics at Clayton County Hospital. She continued her education by attending anesthesia school at Grace Hospital in Detroit, MI, graduating in 1954. While in school, after a long weekend break, she missed her train and took a flight instead. Here she met her husband to be in the seat next to her and was married Jan 1, 1955. They returned to his family farm and started a family.
Winifred is survived by one son James W Camerer, of Columbia, MO and one daughter, Carel L Camerer, of Olympia, WA. As well as three grandchildren, Aaron Camerer, Jennifer Camerer, and Joseph Camerer and one great grand son, Wyatt Camerer. She was preceded in death by her husband Jim Camerer and her son Mark W Camerer.
Mrs Camerer was active in her community both in Mexico, Mo and Bastrop, TX, as a participating member of the First United Methodist Church. She enjoyed baking and sewing for many birthdays and holidays throughout the years.
Although Winifred suffered from Alzheimer's for the past 13 years, she maintained the love and joy she had for children, dogs and family. Her ashes are interred with her husband's at the Fairmont Cemetery in Middletown, MO. Donations can be made in her honor through the Alzheimer’s Foundation.