On Wednesday, Feb. 13, 2013, Deborah E. Campbell, age 61, passed away at the Hospice House in Concord. Deborah had charged ahead all through her five-year battle with breast cancer, even to the point of battling with the pharmaceutical companies to make chemotherapies available to all cancer patients. Deborah was, and will always be, a beacon of light for what is right.
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Deborah was born in Nashua on Jan. 8, 1952, to Joan LaMontagne. Deborah was the oldest of four. She was adored by her entire family and was an amazing woman to know. Deborah earned a bachelor of arts degree in English from Saint Anselm College in 1982. She utilized her degree throughout her life; not only for business, but also in her personal life. Deborah wrote several novels and children's books as well as countless poems for her family and loved ones. She wrote to heal, praise, celebrate and inspire all who have read her works.
Besides being an elegant writer, Deborah was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, sister, and daughter. She is survived by her beloved husband, Gary T. Campbell, whom she married on March 8, 1985; her three honored and adoring children, Nathaniel A. Lambert and wife Amy of Hooksett, Julianne C. Tashro and husband Kenneth of Concord, and Samuel Z. Campbell and wife Virginia of Concord; her sister Leslie A. Donahue and husband Morris of Derry; her brother Gregory Geiger and wife Beverly of Crestview Florida; her uncle Raymond LaMontagne and wife Marcy of Portsmouth; and several cousins, nieces and nephews. Deborah spent the last 13 years enjoying time with her beautiful grandchildren, Alison, Nicholas, Lillian Joan, and Alexa Rae who fondly referred to her as "Gran". Deborah was predeceased by her mother and brother, Robert Geiger.
Deborah was always fond of "this life," as she called it. She loved the warmth and color of it all. Her favorite times were those spent with her family and friends. At any given time she was up for a game or two of Scrabble; mind you, only if you played by her "no rules or short words" policy. She was always a giving and trusting person. She believed everyone had the right to prove themselves. When truth is told, people often strove to be with her and see her smile.
The Wendell J. Butt Funeral Home is managing the celebration of her life with the service being held at Concordia Lutheran Church in Concord on Saturday, Feb. 23, 2013, at 1 p.m. The service will be officiated by Pastors Terry Bianchi and John Hopkins, with a tea and coffee reception to follow. All acquainted with Deborah are welcome to attend.
The family requests that any donations made in memory of Deborah E. Campbell be sent to the Hospice Program of the Concord Regional Visiting Nurse Association at 30 Pillsbury St., Concord, 03301.
Wendell J. Butt Funeral Home
42 Washington Street
Penacook, NH 03303
Published in The Concord Monitor from Feb. 17 to Feb. 18, 2013