Barbara Ann's Story
Barbara Ann Jenness Campbell of Annisquam, passed away peacefully, surrounded by her loved ones, on October 18th, 2016 at Hyder Family Hospice House in Dover, N.H. after suffering a stroke.
Born in Beverly, on January 15, 1932, daughter of Will C. Jenness of Beverly, and Bertha E. Martineau of Ipswich. She married William Haywood Campbell in Beverly, MA on January 4, 1953 and they moved to Annisquam in 1959. She was a strong and selfless woman. After her husband’s passing in 1967, she went to work at Addison Gilbert Hospital, raised three young children with the support of the tight-knit village, and put them through college.
She was a wonderful, loving woman, who adored her family and especially cherished her grandchildren. She was so proud and overjoyed to be “Nana”. So fond of animals, she also considered the family pets true family members and always had a treat in her pocket for them (or any dog wandering through her yard). The door was always open and the Crock-Pot was always full. She was thrilled when her children and the crew swung through and dug into the home cooked goodness at any time. She thoroughly relished the company of others and always welcomed visitors, whether family or not.
She took joy in nurturing plants and spending time in her garden. She would be so excited by any growth or flower and would marvel at it, pointing it out to people. “Look at this blossom!”
She cherished her daily newspaper and loved bargain shopping. She always knew the price of everything and was elated when she got a deal. The Dollar Store was a treasure trove of potential bargains. With a passion for fashion, she was thrilled with anything to do with clothing and accessories: shopping, trying on, admiring on others. She would often say “What a nice color!” “I love your top!” “Aren’t these great slacks?”
Such a kind, caring, and social woman, she delighted in the company of others and was genuinely happy to meet new people. In her later years, she volunteered for Senior Care, Gloucester, providing non-drivers with rides to appointments. She so enjoyed helping her passengers, making new friends, and hearing their stories.
She was a spiritual person and a very active member of the Annisquam Village Church for her entire 56-year tenure in The Village. She served on the Standing Committee for years. Every Christmas since her husband’s passing in 1967, she bought wreaths to decorate the church altar in his memory and more recently helped organize and provide refreshments each week after Sunday service. She served as treasurer for the Mount Adnah Cemetery for many years.
In 2015, she moved to independent living in Kittery Maine, where she basked in liberation from home ownership and enjoyed meeting new peers and making new friends, including the service dogs who visited every Thursday. Many in her building would stop us and say “Your mother is such a wonderful person. We love her.” Her delight in being with others reflected back at them, making everyone happy in her presence.
Barbara is survived by her daughter, Debra and her daughters Kelly and Katy Brabant; her son, William, his wife Sarah and their daughter Clara Campbell; her son, Gregory, his wife Kate and their children Matthew, Andrew, and Emily Campbell; Michelle and Peter O’Connor and their children Isabelle, Quinn, and Lilly; her husband’s sister, Phyllis and her husband, George “Bud” Furbush, their daughters, Martha DeFeo, Susan Russo, Jane and her husband, John Lareau; her brother’s children, Michael Jenness and his wife, Jeannie, Sharon and her husband Jim O’Connell, Ann Marie Meilbeck, Patti and her husband, David Loos and many beloved grandnieces and grandnephews.
She was predeceased by her husband, William and her brother, Wendall “Red” Evans Jenness and his wife, Susan Jenness.
Special thanks to the staff at Hyder Family Hospice House in Dover, N.H. and the staff at Mass. General Hospital for their amazing compassionate care.
A celebration of life will be held at the Annisquam Village Church at 2 p.m. on Saturday, November 12th. There will be a private family burial.
In lieu of flowers, please consider donations in her name to Cape Ann Animal Aid, 4 Paws Lane, Gloucester, MA 01930, or Hyder Family Hospice House, 285 County Farm Road, Dover, NH 03820.
Arrangements are by the Greely Funeral Home, 212 Washington Street, Gloucester. For online condolences, please visit .
James C. Greely Funeral Service