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Betty Campbell

January 2, 1923 - February 21, 2016

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Betty Cornelia James Campbell, formerly of Hopkinton, MA, passed away in Portsmouth, NH on Feb. 21, 2016.

She was born on Jan. 2, 1923 in North Andover, MA to parents Alden Chase James and Grace Elizabeth Grant James. Betty was a graduate of Lowell State College with a B.S. in Music Education. She taught music for twenty years, in Hopkinton, Framingham and North Andover, MA, and in Lancaster, NH. She retired in Hopkinton in 1981.

Betty was an esteemed member of several organizations, including the National Educators Association, the Massachusetts Teachers Association and the Music Educators National Conference. She was the Welfare and Corresponding Secretary of the Salvation Army Hopkinton Service Unit for 30 years, was a member of the Hopkinton Couples Club for 40 years, and the Hopkinton Women’s Club for 25 years. In addition, she was also involved in the Hopkinton Friends of the Library and the Friends of Seniors at the Hopkinton Senior Center, was the president of the Music Association of Hopkinton, and established and directed the Senior Chorus of Hopkinton for six years. She was also a member of the Hopkinton Congregational / Faith Community Church.

Betty enjoyed playing piano, directing choirs and had a special heart for altos. She lived and died with the Red Sox, and tolerated candlepin bowling and downhill skiing- although she cherished the camaraderie that came with those. She loved lobster rolls and going out with the Lunch Bunch, adored children- especially whoever was youngest- had a special fondness for conversation, was often underestimated when playing Bridge, excelled in pressure cooker technology and electric frying pan cuisine, and loved unlovable cats.

Betty was the beloved wife of the late John Douglas Campbell. She is survived by daughter Jeanne Roche, daughter Ann LaPan and husband Richard, son Craig Campbell and wife Cheryl, brother Donald James and wife Helen, grandson Jacob Roche and wife Lindsey, grandson Daniel Roche and wife Caitlin, granddaughter Sunnie LaPan, grandson Kyle LaPan and wife Margaret, grandson Cameron Campbell, soon-to-be great-granddaughter Lilith LaPan, as well as several nieces and nephews and their families. Her elder brother, John James and his wife Frances passed away several years previously.

There will be a memorial service for Betty at the Faith Community Church of Hopkinton (146 E. Main St, Hopkinton, MA) on Saturday, March 12 at 11:00 AM followed by a reception in the Fellowship Hall. A calling hour will precede the service at 10:00 AM.

Please, NO flowers- donations may be made in her memory to: The Employee Development Fund – c/o Mark Wentworth – 346 Pleasant Street, Portsmouth, NH 03801 http://markwentworth.org/giving-2/

Arrangements are under the care of the Chesmore Funeral Home in Hopkinton,MA
Interment will be private in the Clinton St. Cemetery in Hopkinton.