Anne Marie Campfield, nÃ©e Perenno, died Sunday morning (Nov. 3, 2013) in Blessing Hospital.
Anne is survived by her husband of 65 years, Rudolph Campfield; two daughters, Dolores and Veralene; three grandchildren, and eight
great-grandchildren. She also is survived by her sister, Vera Colmaire, of Paris, France.
Anne was born, raised, and educated in Paris, France. She immigrated to the United States in 1946 and later became a naturalized citizen here.
She married the love of her life, Rudy Campfield of Palmyra, Mo., on Oct. 28, 1949.
Anne had many artistic talents. In her early years in Palmyra, she tailored women's clothing. After her marriage, she started her couture of designing, making, and selling highly fashionable, usually custom-made clothing for women. Her fashions included wedding and other formal gowns, and tailored women's attire.
Initially, Anne pursued her artistic interest of painting as a spare time endeavor. Over the years, she indulged her love for painting whenever she had a desire to paint. She became an internationally recognized artist who won numerous awards. She has sold her paintings in at least 23 states and 7 foreign countries.
Another one of Anne's artistic interests was the opera. She enjoyed both singing and listening to her favorites throughout her lifetime.
She was no stranger to good deeds. Anne donated paintings to charity auctions, volunteered as an art instructor at various events for adults and children, and did volunteer tutoring for students of French. In a unique contribution, Anne donated a rare first edition copy of one of Mark Twain's books to the Mark Twain Museum in Hannibal. Anne was assisted in this particular gift by her sister, Vera Colmaire, head of acquisitions at the French National Library in Paris.
Anne's most enduring passion was her pleasure in sharing her life with Rudy. After raising their two daughters, they traveled extensively in the United States and Europe, where they visited family and made new friends in every adventure.
Anne was an exuberant and passionate wife, mother and artist who lived her life fully. One family member described her as a "force." She was a strong force and is greatly missed already.
SERVICES: 1 p.m. Friday memorial service will be held in the Hansen-Spear Funeral Home with Carol Nichols conducting.
VISITATION: Friday at the time of services.
ARRANGEMENTS: Hansen-Spear Funeral Home