October 5, 2013
A Birthday Celebration was held at G.P.Y.C on Saturday for Camille Campau, who turned 100. Celebrating with her were: Niece Pat Peery and Ed Winters from New Port Richey, FL, Great Niece Cathy Kegler, and husband Ned Kegler, former lifelong Grosse Pointe residents, now living on Catawba Island, OH, Great Niece Beth Peery, and Jeff Roach, Great Great Niece Vanessa Peery Roach from Chicago and Waterford, MI, Great Niece Kathleen Peery from Edgewater, CO, and Great Niece Stephanie Malnight from Lafayette, IN.
Aunt “Millie” left her home at age 15 to intercede for the nuns at “The Convent” at St. Paul on the Lake, The nuns, who were cloistered at that time were not allowed to speak to male workers. She married into an old Detroit family and lived in Grosse Pointe Farms on Muir Road next door to her Mother-in-Law, “Mme. Campau”. The Campau family at that time owned all of the land in St. Clair Shores now called Chapoton Woods. During the Depression the family let the “worthless” land revert back to the State. The former street where Mme. Campau lived in her later years was off Lakeshore on the curve across from the Edsel Ford Estate.
Aunt Millie lives in her home in St. Clair Shores and is an inspiration to all of her family and friends.