Joan J. Campbell
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73, of Canton and Lauderdale by the Sea, Fla. passed away in Fort Lauderdale on Jan. 22, 2013.
She is survived by her husband, Rod; son, Todd; and sisters, Sarah Tennenbaum and Gail Buchanan.
Joan grew up in Belleville, N.J. She attended college at Upsala in West Orange, N.J.; Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa; Chicago Art Institute; and graduated from Kent State University. She was an accomplished fine artist working in watercolors, acrylics and oils from her studios in Florida and Ohio. She was a member of the Gold Coast Watercolor Society in Fort Lauderdale. She is also recognized as an airbrush painter, winning national painting awards in the automotive industry for works on vans, autos and motorcycle tanks appearing in many national magazines. She attended painting workshops - her favorite being two weeks painting in Monet's Garden in France - to hone her skills. Joan loved to travel and did so to many parts of the world with her husband, son and dear friends. Joan and Rod were married in Elkton, Md., on Sept. 13, 1960. They met while working for the summer in Wildwood, N.J., which was the birthplace of the Twist after Chubby Checker introduced it in the Rainbow Room that summer. She was beautiful, smart, adventurous, talented, headstrong, fun and a great partner. Just as an artist's style changes in time, she loved living, had a passion for Turkeyfoot Lake, skiing and hiking in the mountains and playing and boating in the ocean. More recently, she became an avid golfer and a member of Brookside Country Club and the Boca Resort Club with her husband. Her favorite rounds of golf were played at Bandon Dunes in Oregon and Carnoustie in Scotland. Joan battled breast cancer since 1998 and in March 2012, it metastasized to the bones. The past 10 months were a struggle she was unable to win.
Family and friends may attend a gathering and services on Jan. 27, at the Baird-Case Funeral Home, 4343 N. Federal Hwy., Ft Lauderdale, FL 33308. To express condolences, please visit the web site
Published in The Repository on Jan. 25, 2013