Evelyn L. Stick, a former fashion illustrator who was a model for photographer A. Aubrey Bodine during her marriage to him, died Dec. 16 of Alzheimer's disease at Brightwood Retirement Community in Brooklandville. She was 86.

Born Grace Evelyn LeFevre, she was a 1927 honors graduate of Maryland Institute, College of Art, where she studied fashion design and illustration. She won a scholarship to the Parsons School of Fine and Applied Arts in New York, where she received additional training.

After she returned to Baltimore, she married Sun photographer A. Aubrey Bodine. The couple shared an 805 Park Ave. apartment where he shot a salon-style photograph of her posed on a sofa bed when her hair was slightly wet. The photo was exhibited widely.

"Her hair was always well coiffed. It was an important part of her presentation," said Dr. John W. Payne, an ophthalmologist and family friend. "She had a commanding presence, especially in her immaculate dress."

She began a career in fashion illustration and the graphic arts as art director for the Harry J. Patz and Mahool advertising agencies, and for two department stores, the May Co. and Hochschild Kohn.

In 1938, she and the late Edward W. Kramer began a commercial art and design studio, Kramer-Bodine and Associates, which produced advertising art, packaging and graphic design. She also taught three classes in fashion illustration and layout at the Maryland Institute.

She was divorced from Mr. Bodine after seven years of marriage. A second marriage to real estate broker John M. Carey ended with his death in the 1940s.

In 1950, she married Vernon C. Sherwin, an Evening Sun news editor.

"They were a fascinating, delightful, intellectual couple. She gave small dinner parties for her friends. She loved good food and presented it beautifully. She had a flair for whatever she did," said Bayard Webster, a retired New York Times science writer now living in Kent County.

They began traveling extensively and, in 1963, both retired so they could travel together to the countries they wished to see, eventually settling to live in Palma de Mallorca, Spain. "They were a couple who surprised all their friends by giving up their careers, selling most of their possessions and going abroad to live," said Dr. Payne.

In 1976, they returned to Baltimore for medical care. Mr. Sherwin died two years later.

She met Gordon M.F. Stick, a proponent of the restoration of the Constellation, when both were serving on the board of Baltimore Heritage, a historic preservation group. They married in 1982 and resided at the 3900 N. Charles St. apartment house. He died in 1986.

According to her instructions, there was no funeral.

She is survived by a nephew, John Gibson of Richmond.

Pub Date: 01/02/97

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