Helen Kimball (Hibbard) Campbell

Helen Kimball
(Hibbard) Campbell

Helen Campbell, longtime resident of Weston, CT, passed away peacefully at Norwalk Hospital on Monday, July 1, 2013, at the age of 94.
Born in Cherryvale, Kansas on May 25, 1919 to the late Alice Fletcher Hibbard and Hazen Kimball Hibbard, Helen graduated from Tulsa University in Tulsa, Oklahoma where she met her beloved husband, the late Colin Clyde Campbell, in an accounting class. Soon after their marriage they were parted by war and, like many wives, Helen held down her husband's job until he returned home. Helen then devoted herself to bringing up their four children, who will never forget her love and boundless creativity in making memorable Halloween costumes and throwing fun-filled birthday parties.
In 1962 the family moved to Weston, CT, where she and her husband became active members of Norfield Congregational Church. Over the years, Helen (a.k.a. “Saint Helen”) served on the Board of Deacons, the music committee, the search committee, sang in the choir, played handbells, prayed continually with the “prayer warriors,” helped produce the church newsletter, worked as the church secretary to the late Rev. Robert Greene, headed a team cooking Sunday dinners at the Norwalk Soup Kitchen, taught at Special Church-an ecumenical church school for children and adults with special needs-and did clerical work for the Bread and Roses AIDS hospice in Georgetown, CT. For all this she received the “Unsung Hero” Award by the American Red Cross in 1999. Helen became known as the Grandma of the “Grandma's Attic” booth at the annual Norfield Church Fair, helping to raise thousands of dollars for charity. Helen held several volunteer positions in the Weston and Westport Schools and worked for many years as the Accountant for the Town of Weston.
She was preceded in death by her brother, Haines Champlin Hibbard, and will be terribly missed by all who have survived her, especially her children, The Rev. Dana Campbell of East Hartford, Colin B. Campbell and his wife Hop of Chevy Chase, MD, Barbara Campbell of Newtown, CT, and Mark Campbell of Weston; seven grandchildren: Kimberly Slosson of Milford, CT, Christine Benedict of Pensacola, FL, Rebecca and Emily Slosson of Newtown, CT, Sean Campbell of Shelton, CT, Bryan and Stephanie Campbell of Weston, CT; and a niece, Candace Hibbard Lillie of Eucha, OK.
A Memorial Service will be held on Saturday, July 6 at 11 a.m. at Norfield Congregational Church in Weston, CT.
In lieu of flowers, donations in memory of Helen can be made either to the Ruth Nytvedt Fund for Music, Norfield Congregational Church, 64 Norfield Road, Weston, CT 06883 or to the Weston Emergency Medical Service (EMS), 52 Norfield Road, Weston, CT 06883.

Published in The Hour on July 4, 2013