OBITUARY: Helen Campbell, 94

Helen Campbell

Helen Campbell

Helen Campbell, a longtime resident of Weston, died at Norwalk Hospital on Monday, July 1, 2013. She was 94.

Born in Cherryvale, Kans., Ms. Campbell moved with her late husband, Colin Clyde Campbell, and their four children to Weston from their home in Tulsa, Okla., in 1962.

Ms. Campbell held several volunteer positions in the Weston and Westport schools and worked for many years as the accountant for the town of Weston, a job from which she retired twice, having been pressed into service again after her first retirement in 1985.

For her many acts of community service, such as heading a team from Norfield Congregational Church that cooked and served Sunday dinners at the Norwalk Soup Kitchen, teaching at Special Church (an ecumenical church school for children and adults with special needs), and volunteering regular clerical help for the Bread and Roses AIDS hospice in Georgetown, Ms. Campbell received the Unsung Hero Award from the American Red Cross in 1999.

She 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. In her capacity as “Grandma,” she was found year after year waving from the Norfield Church float in the annual Memorial Day Parade.

Ms. Campbell was extremely proud of the community service being carried on in the Campbell family by her son Mark and grandson Bryan Campbell of the Weston Volunteer Fire Department, and her grandson Sean Campbell, who is an emergency communications dispatcher for Weston. Her family said she was very grateful to the Weston Emergency Medical Services, with whom she was a “frequent flyer” in recent times.

She is survived by her four children, the Rev. Dana Campbell of East Hartford, Colin B. Campbell and his wife Hop of Chevy Chase, Md., Barbara Campbell of Newtown, Mark Campbell of Weston, seven grandchildren, and a niece.

Donations in memory of Ms. Campbell may 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.

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