Alice Campbell Obituary (2021) – Pelham, MA
Pelham, Massachusetts –
Alice Louise (Ward) Campbell passed away peacefully at her home on October 29, 2021, just twelve days after the death of her beloved husband, Roland. The third child of Eugene and Dorothy (Page) Ward, she was born on April 6, 1926, a much loved and much admired mother of Brenda O’Gara and Gene Campbell.
She attended Pelham City and Rhodes Schools in Pelham, graduated from Amherst High School in 1944 and attended Northampton Commercial College. She worked at the University of Massachusetts for a short time before she and Roland started their family, and later in life she worked at Amherst Savings and Northampton Cooperative Banks.
Alice and Roland grew up, forming a bond through family and church reunions, and still maintaining a bond. Long walks on Pelham’s back roads and swimming in the eastern springs were favorite times. After Roland’s honorable release from the military, they got engaged on April 6, 1946 and married on June 8, 1946. They celebrated their 75th wedding anniversary with their family on June 8, 2021.
Alice’s piece of heaven was the house Roland and the family built on Campbell’s land in Pelham. Before any resort, this would remain his favorite place.
She was a creative and dedicated mom, always involved in school and church functions, and ready to lend a capable, yet humble, helping hand. His appreciation for the world around him is reflected in all of his hundreds of works of art, including paintings, baskets and quilts. She was never without a plan!
Alice loved the local church and, until it closed, supported it with suppers, craft fairs, and any fundraising that would keep it open. In the 80s / 90s, it resuscitated Sunday school, arousing the interest and support of local families. She continued a connection with the city by organizing basketball lessons for the elderly.
As she grew physically fragile, Alice continued to admire every feather of the birds at the feeder, every petal of every flower in the garden, and every hue of a sunset. She shared stories of outdoor games and family reunions, as well as the magic of the indoor plumbing and electrical experience. She often spoke of the fear she felt when she flipped a switch for the first time!
Always a brilliant, creative and adaptive woman, Alice has gracefully gone from kerosene lamps, outhouses, horses and wagons, charcoal stoves and wash tubs to indoor plumbing, light bulbs, automobiles, appliances. electrical and finally to communication via his iPad. One of her favorite stories was about when she was able to flip a light switch to light up a room! It has created a path of faith, knowledge, creativity, sensitivity and general appreciation of life. Rest in peace, beautiful woman; we will love and admire you always!
Alice was predeceased by her parents, siblings Donald, Jean and Norman, and son-in-law, Paul O’Gara. She will be forever missed by her children, Brenda O’Gara, and Gene (Rita) Campbell, her beloved grandchildren, Jonathan (Sarah) O’Gara, Abigail (Evan) Jobst and Scott (Paige) Campbell, her adorable great- grandson. , Teddy Campbell, and his loving nieces and nephews.
Alice and Roland were fortunate to have loving caregivers who are now part of our family. Jean, Sherri, Kelly, Dora, Elida, Lucilia, Becca, Amber, Lori, Hidaya, Deb, Kathleen, we honor you!
A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, November 6 at the Pelham Community Hall. In lieu of flowers, please consider donating to Pelham Community Hall Table and Chair Fund, Treasurer, 351 Amherst Road, Pelham, MA 01002, or Cooley Dickinson Hospital VNA and Hospice, 168 Industrial Drive, Northampton, MA 01060. www.douglassfuneral.com
Published by Daily Hampshire Gazette on November 4, 2021.