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Barbara Campbell Weakley

1928 - 2015 EAST ARLINGTON Barbara Campbell Weakley died Sunday March 22 at Equinox Terrace in Manchester Center from complications of Parkinson's disease. Born Barbara Ann Campbell on October 17, 1928 in Swedish Hospital, Brooklyn, N.Y., her parents were Eleanor Aldridge Campbell and C. Bruce Campbell. She lived her formative years in Floral Park, Long Island. She graduated from Packer Junior College in Brooklyn and attended Syracuse University, graduating from the College of Fine Arts in 1949. She was an accomplished watercolor artist. Her pen and ink drawings would later enliven the pages of the Arlington Garden Club year books. In 1954, while on vacation to do some sketching in Yellowstone National Park she met Tom Weakley, a fellow Syracuse alum, in the dining car of the train. They spent a day together touring Salt Lake City and environs, exchanged addresses, and fell in love by mail. They married October 15, 1955 in Garden City Long Island. They honey-mooned in a Vermont B&B in Londonderry before settling in Hollis, N.Y. They returned to Vermont in 1958 to start a family and open a candle making business. Barbara and her husband acquired the old Remember Baker grist mill in East Arlington and began molding candles in antique candle molds. Within a few years Candle Mill Village grew into a tourist mecca. Barbara was a devoted flower gardener and long-time member of the Arlington Garden Club where she played an active role in many flower shows over the years garnering many blue ribbons along the way. She was a congregant of the Federated Church of East Arlington. An avid reader, Barbara wrote an unpublished novella centered around local Vermont history observed by a century-old maple tree. In addition to her husband of 60 years; she is survived by a son, Christopher; and a grandson, Tristan; and granddaughter, Faustine, all of Sherman Oaks, Calif.; as well as a daughter, Margaret (Meg) Oceanna of White Creek, N.Y.; and granddaughter, Rosalie Oceanna-Kolb of West Arlington; a brother, John Bruce Campbell, of Sudbury, Mass.; and many nieces and nephews. FUNERAL NOTICE: A memorial service to celebrate her life will be held at the East Arlington Federated Church on Sunday, April 19, at 2 p.m. with the Rev. Kathleen S. Clark, pastor, officiating. In lieu of flowers, contributions in her honor to the Martha Canfield Fisher Library in Arlington would be appreciated, and may be made through the office of the MAHAR SON FUNERAL HOME, 628 Main Street, Bennington, VT 05201. Guestbook condolences may be made at www.maharandsonfuneralhome.net



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Published in Bennington Banner on Mar. 25, 2015
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