Patricia Storey DeCamp
Friday 8th of March 1929 - Saturday 4th of September 2021
833 West Main Street, Lexington, Kentucky
Director Angie Walters
Clergy The Very Reverend Carol Wade
Patricia Storey DeCamp, age 92, died peacefully on September 4, 2021. She was the daughter of the late Martha McClure and Barckley Augustus Storey. Mrs. DeCamp was a noted artist, specializing in portraiture. She was a graduate of the Oldfields School and Vassar College. She attended the Arts Student League in New York and the Schuler School of Fine Arts in Baltimore.
Mrs. DeCamp was an early advocate for preservation, conservation, and planning. In the late 1950’s, she was among the founders of Citizens Association for Planning, who were responsible for having the city engage professional planners on their staff. This resulted in the creation of the Urban Service Area concept which has been an important tool in preserving the great beauty of the Bluegrass. She was an active member of GO (Governmental Option) which assisted in the merger of the Lexington and Fayette County governments. She helped found the Land and Nature Trust of the Bluegrass. This organization did much to educate the public regarding the importance of land preservation in Fayette County. The Land and Nature Trust helped to influence the design of the present Paris Pike. With her photographic skills, Mrs. DeCamp took photos which appeared in her husband’s book, The Bluegrass of Kentucky, A Glimpse of the Charm of Central Kentucky Architecture.
Mrs. DeCamp is survived by her husband of 57 years, Richard Surridge DeCamp, her son, Patterson and his wife Kimberly, two grandchildren, Elise Walker DeCamp and Richard Braxton DeCamp. She was predeceased by her brother, Dr. Benjamin Storey. She was a former member of The Garden Club of Lexington and the Idle Hour Country Club.
The family would like to offer sincere thanks and gratitude to Mrs. DeCamp's doctor, Dr. Connie Jennings, and her caregivers Susan, Katrina, Diana, Judy and Phyllis. A special thank you to Tabitha and the staff of Bluegrass Care Navigators, and to Rena Arnold for her guidance and friendship.
A graveside service for Mrs. DeCamp will begin Saturday, September 11th at 11:00 am in Lexington Cemetery located at 833 W. Main Street. The Very Reverend Carol Wade of Christ Church Cathedral Episcopal Church will be presiding.
Donations in her memory may be made to The Henry Clay Memorial Foundation or the Bluegrass Trust for Historic Preservation.
To share a remembrance of Patricia or to offer condolences to her family, please visit milwardfuneral.com.
Ginger and Dan Martinsays
Pat was such a talented artist and lovely person. Many years ago I had the joy and good fortune of participating in her art workshop….what a fun and educational experience. I always loved her voice and her ability to convey the message. She was interested and interesting at the same time. I know she will be greatly missed by many.
Aunt Tissy will be greatly missed by all those who knew her. So talented and always fun to be with. Forward thinking and ahead of her time. With much love, Laura Cannon, Paul Cannon and Leah Cannon Seale.
What a lovely, gracious, talented lady she was. I was aware of some of her work to preserve and protect our heritage and our environment and to plan for the future of our community, but I didn’t know the full extent of it. I cherish the pastel portrait that she did of me as a small child and my copy of The Bluegrass of Kentucky, but most of all, I cherish my own long acquaintance with her and that of my family.
Dick-so sorry to learn of Pat's passing. She was a true lady and my thoughts are with you and your family. Morry
Richard DeCamp has been a friend of mine for over 50 years and because of that Patricia became a friend of mine. Patricia was a talented artist and conservationist who enjoyed her family and her life to the fullest. Patricia always had an absolute delightful personality. I know Richard and her family will miss her. The world has lost a very bright light. Jerry
Prayers for peace and comfort to you and your family!! It was my pleasure taking care of Patricia and your family!