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Phyllis L. (Pickard) Campbell

Phyllis L. (Pickard) Campbell, beloved wife, mother, and mother-in-law, passed away peacefully at her home on Thursday, March 27, 2014, two days after her one hundred and first birthday. Born in Ipswich, the younger daughter of Hallett D. Pickard and Clara N. Spencer, she graduated from Manning High School in Ipswich and was the last living member of the class of 1930.  She attended a two-year business program at what is now Salem State University, known at the time as Salem Normal School. She worked for the Hayward Hosiery company as a bookkeeper until her marriage in 1940 to Wendell H. Campbell.  After moving to the shores of Wenham Lake, she shared forty-eight happy years of marriage with Wendell as a stay-at-home mother.  She was a perennial volunteer for the Wenham Village Improvement Society and served as its assistant treasurer for forty-three years. Phyllis was an accomplished crafter in the art of crewel and a master knitter, making over six hundred hats for friends and homeless shelters in New Hampshire. She was an avid gardener, and she loved sharing extra vegetable crops with friends. Seeing Phyllis pushing a mower or hoeing the rows was not unusual. Phyllis and Wendell divided their time between Wenham and their New Hampshire house.  Even at one hundred years of age she would drive to New Hampshire to tend the gardens or shovel snow off the roof.  Phyllis was a graceful skier, winning a senior race in Canada at age ninety one and continuing to ski into her ninety-ninth year. When she wasnít skiing, she and her sister Barbara spent many of their winters camping in the Virgin Islands.  She loved people and opening her home to friends.  A devoted member of her church, she is remembered by so many as generous, gregarious, funny, and a warm-hearted friend to all.  Phyllis believed that hard work was its own reward and boredom was not in her vocabulary. She is predeceased by her husband, Wendell, her parents, and her sister, Barbara Wilson.  She leaves her daughter, Wendy Campbell. and son-in-law. Virgil P. Phelps of Wenham, two nieces, Shawnie and Shellie MacNabb of Oklahoma, and numerous cousins from her motherís family in Canada.

Funeral services were private.  Assisting the family was the Whittier-Porter Funeral Home in Ipswich.  Expressions of sympathy may be made in her name to the American Cancer Society, P.O. Box 22718, Oklahoma City, OK 73123-1718.

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