Marguerite M. Campbell
Marguerite M. Campbell, age 94 died peacefully in her residence at Shipley Manor on Wednesday, January 3, 2013.
Peg was born in Wilmington, Delaware in 1918 to the late Joseph C. and Martha M. Calhoun. A lifelong Wilmingtonian, Peg was proud of her hometown and would regularly offer interesting historical information on the city she loved. Following her father's death in 1919, Peg lived with her mother, her sister, Eleanor, and their grandparents at 20th and West Street. She attended St. Patrick's School and in June, 1936, was in the first ever graduating class of P.S. duPont High School. Following her graduation, she attended and graduated from Goldey-Beacom Secretarial School and was employed by the Bank of Delaware and The Wilmington Trust Company. Early in 1944, she met Charles B. Campbell Jr., a serviceman stationed in New Castle, DE, and married in 1944. Their marriage would last 64 years until Charles' death in December, 2008.
Following their marriage, Peg became a full-time homemaker. She believed that a successful marriage and raising a family were the two most important roles that she could undertake. In addition to raising her children, Peg assisted her husband Charles with his tax preparation business for many years; sometimes typing several hundred tax returns a year on a manual typewriter. She enjoyed much success with her energy and commitment, which ultimately led to her interest in volunteering. Finding it enjoyable and a way to meet new people, volunteering soon became an important part of Peg's life. She worked at the St. Francis Hospital for over 40 years as a Junior Board member and functioned as its president for several years in the late seventies. She was featured in a News Journal article in 2002 at the age of 83 that chronicled her efforts on behalf of the hospital.
Peg enjoyed several hobbies over the years such as bridge, sewing, knitting and ceramics. Her all-time favorite hobby, however, was shopping. Peg was an informal shareholder to many stores such as The Fashion Shop, Arthurs, Braunstein's and Talbots. She enjoyed putting together outfits and favored the traditional, classic look throughout her adult life.
Peg is survived by her children and their spouses; Charles III (Barbara), JoAnn Hall (Russell), Robert (Mimi), all of Wilmington. She was the doting and loving grandmother and great-grandmother to Jennifer, Lisa, Brendan, Ophelia, Bryan and Heather. Peg is also survived by Michele Campbell, a host of nieces and nephews and many friends. In addition to her husband and parents, Peg was pre-deceased by her sister, Eleanor in 2006.
The family would like to expressly thank the Nurses and CNAs of Shipley Manor. Their dedication, compassion, friendship and commitment were greatly appreciated. Also, our thanks to Compassionate Care Hospice, whose exceptional care during Peg's later years, was invaluable.
Visitation will begin at Immaculate Heart of Mary Church, 4701 Weldin Road, Wilmington, DE on Tuesday, January 8, at 9:30 am. Mass will follow at Immaculate Heart of Mary at 11 am, followed by burial at St. Joseph's on the Brandywine Cemetery in Greenville, Delaware.
In addition to flowers (Peg Loved Flowers), the family suggests contributions to The St. Francis Hospital, 701 N. Clayton Street, Wilmington, DE 19806.
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