Antoinette (Navarro) Campbell

May 5th, 2013

Antoinette (Navarro) Campbell, age 82, a long time resident of Wilmington, died peacefully on May 4, 2013, at the Wilmington Health Care Center in Wilmington.
Antoinette was born on February 5, 1931 in Medford, she was the cherished daughter of the late Peter A. and Raffaella (Giggi) Navarro.  Antoinette was raised and educated in Medford and was a graduate of Medford High School.

Antoinette furthered her education at Regis College, where she earned her degree in teaching.  She went on to teach in Attleboro, but always considered herself to be a professional wife and mother.

Antoinette met her late husband, James V. “Jim” Campbell and they were married in 1954.  Antoinette and Jim  lived in the city for a short time, before moving to Wilmington in 1958, where they raised their nine children and became part of a “close knit” neighborhood. Antoinette was a devoted wife, mother, and grandmother, enjoying every moment spent with her family.  Antoinette loved her home, she was an impeccable housekeeper, she loved to cook, and took pride in her yard; always gardening outdoors and growing beautiful flowers.

Antoinette was extremely supportive of her children, she was very involved in their school activities, homework, and was ever present at their sporting events; where she was their biggest fan.  Antoinette was very proud that each and every one of her sons went on to join the United States Army, honorably serving their country, and truly making a difference in the world.

When Antoinette became a “Grandma” life held a whole new meaning, she loved her grandchildren unconditionally, she was proud of each and every one of them, they were the light of her life.

Even with a large family, Antoinette found the time to help start the Parent Advisory Group in the Wilmington Public Schools, she was a substitute teacher for many years, she taught CCD Classes at St. Thomas Church, and was a member of the Wilmington Arts Council.

Antoinette and her husband Jim also started Campbell’s Restaurant located on Main Street in Wilmington, they were always working hard to feed and serve the community.  Campbell’s was always a local landmark that was enjoyed by countless patrons.

In her spare time, Antoinette enjoyed reading, especially history books and she was a very talented artist who loved to paint; sharing her masterpieces with her family and friends.

Antoinette will be fondly remembered as a beautiful, smart, and talented lady, who always had unconditional love for her family and friends.  Antoinette cherished nothing more than to be surrounded by those she loved and they will miss her dearly.

Antoinette was the beloved wife of the late James V. Campbell, devoted mother of Dorothy Campbell of Haverhill, Colonel U. S. Army Retired John Campbell & his wife Patricia of Enterprise, AL, Madeleine Campbell and Marjorie Campbell both of Wilmington, USAR Staff Sgt. Retired Paul Campbell & his wife Cindy of Andover, Marianne Smith & her husband Mort of San Juan Capistrano, CA, Lt. Colonel U. S. Army Retired Peter Campbell & his wife Renate of Leavenworth, KS, Jennifer Martin & her husband Chris of Seal Beach, CA, and the late Major U. S. Army Leo W. Campbell, mother in law of Kathleen Campbell of Wilmington, loving “Grandma” of James Campbell, Colleen Kelly & her husband Trevor, Andrew Campbell & his wife Jodi, Erin Carroll & her husband Bob, Michael Warford, Katelin Havens & her husband Kyle, Kristine Sawyer & her husband Andrew, Patrick Campbell, Matthew Campbell, Michelle Steen, Debbie Steen, Mary Ann Steen, Danny Campbell, Antoinette Smith, Charlotte Smith, Virginia Smith, Raffaella Campbell, Joseph Campbell and Louie Campbell, “Great-Grandma” of Liam, Brooklyne, Audrey, Avery, Mikey, Emma, Ella, Arianna, Payton and Jocelyn, cherished daughter of the late Peter A. and Raffaella (Giggi) Navarro, dear sister of Dorothy Geary & her husband Jack and the late Joseph Navarro, sister-in-law of Elizabeth Navarro all of Woburn.  Antoinette is also survived by many nieces, nephews, life-long friends, and good neighbors.

Family and friends will gather at the Nichols Funeral Home, Inc., 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington, on Wednesday, May 8th at 9:00 a.m. followed by a Funeral Mass in St. Thomas of Villanova Church, 126 Middlesex Ave., Wilmington at 10:00 a.m.  Interment Wildwood Cemetery, Wilmington.  Visiting hours will be held at the Funeral Home on Tuesday, May 7th from 5-9 p.m.  Memorial donations in Antoinette’s name may be made to Local Heroes, Inc., P. O. Box 536, Wilmington, MA 01887.


32 Entries in Guest Book for “Antoinette (Navarro) Campbell”

  1. Danny Campbell says:

    Grandma, I will miss you and I think you had a great life and if it wasn’t for you, my Dad wouldn’t be alive or my Aunts and Uncles. God, Please forgive Grandma for any sins she did in her life. We all make mistakes and learn from them. I am glad she will see my grandfather and my Uncle Leo that i’ve never seen before. Hopefully she met Jesus, Mary, and Joseph. Grandma, we won’t forget you and we will visit your grave at the memoriable times. RIP and Goodbye!

  2. Erin Carroll says:

    Grandma, If I was able to get past the tears I would tell people that you are the greatest grandmother. I love and miss you more than words can say. I am very grateful that I had so many years to spend with you and that my children also had many years with you. I will never forget the nights we would ay shipwreck in the bunkbeds, pretending we were lost at sea and that Uncle Leo, John, Paul or Peter would always come to rescue us. I also loved staying home sick from school and you letting me eat ice cream all day. I will miss those emergency phone calls because your TV was not working and I needed me to come right away to fix it ,only to find out you were not using the right remote or that the tv was actually off. I will miss all the holidays spent with everyone for so many years,which taught me the true meaning of what a family is all about. I know your in a better place but I still don’t want to say goodby, so instead I will say until we meet again.

  3. Maureen and Wayne Parsons says:

    To the Campbell Family,

    Our families have shared so many memories over the years. Your mother was a wonderful woman and will be missed by so many people. we are truly sorry for your loss and are here if you need anything.

    Maureen, Wayne, Ryan, Erica, John and Eva.

  4. linda miller says:

    may good be with you in this time of need ,sorry for your loss

  5. beethoven veras says:

    May God be with you and your family.
    I am very sorry for your lost.

  6. John & Honey Navarro says:

    Honey and I extend our condolences to Antoinette’s entire family.
    Honey & John
    Woodstock, Ga

  7. Paul & Joanne Bergeron says:

    We are sorry for your loss, we will include her in our prayers.

  8. Paul & Joanne Bergeron says:

    we are sorry for your loss ,we will include her in our prayers.

  9. David Campbell says:

    We were deeply saddened to learn that Annette had passed. A beautiful lady who raised an amazing family.
    With deepest sympathies,
    Dave & D3

  10. maria fonseca says:

    sorry for your loss

  11. Jane Brosnan says:

    I was saddened to hear of Antoinette’s passing. My deepest condolences to Antoinette’s family.
    Jane Brosnan

  12. Debbie Heon says:

    Sorry for your loss

  13. Gerry and Karen O'Reilly says:

    Gerry and I are very sorry for the loss of your mom. She was the most wonderful lady. She will be certainly be missed. Our thoughts are you with you all. Gerry and Karen (Ross) O’Reilly

  14. Mario Heredia and Family says:

    To the Campbell Family,

    Please accept our heartfelt condolences on the loss of your loved one.


    Mario and Nancy

  15. Beth Ritchie Pidgeon says:

    To all the Campbell Family..We send our thoughts and prayers. To lose a parent, no matter what age, is so difficult. May your many, many special memories help ease your hurting hearts. COL (Ret) Bob and Beth Pidgeon

  16. Karen and Frank West says:

    To the Campbell family-

    Karen and I are saddened at the loss of Mrs. Campbell. Please accept our deepest sympathies. Karen and Frank West

  17. Michelle says:

    Rest in Peace Grandma! You have done so much for me and made me the Woman I am today! I may not have turned out exactly how you wanted but you taught me so much more than you know. You always will be a role model to me. I miss the times I had book reports and you would read the book and then tell me how to write the report. You would even want me to draw a picture even when i didnt need to of a certain part in the book so i could get extra credit…even though you would draw it i would trace it but you still made sure I got the credit. I also remember some no so nice times when you used to chase me around with the ruler or brush because i obviously was being a niconpoop! There are so many good memories I have with you. I am happy I did inherit your creativity even though i cant paint as well as you I am still quite crafty! You were my second mother and I am so greatful to have had you there! I love you so much and I am so happy I got to spend as much time with you as I had. Arianna, Payton and Jocelyn love you dearly too they know there is a new angel watching them from heaven. Give papa a kiss from all of us and we will meet again some day soon! I LOVE YOU FOREVER!

  18. Bonnie Hebsch says:

    To the Campbell family,
    So sorry for your loss, our thoughts are with your family.

  19. maria lanni says:

    my prayers are with in this time of need,god bless you

  20. Danielle Shirley says:

    Mrs. Campbell was an amazing woman to my three cousins, a second Mom always.. I will always be grateful for what she has done for them & continued to do for many years. To her family, I’m deeply saddened for your loss, my thoughts & prayers are with you all at this time.. -Danielle Shirley-

  21. Maria DiFilippo says:

    Antoinette, my cousin and godmother, may you rest in peace.

  22. Michael Warford says:

    Well grandma we will never forget playing shipwrecked with you every night before going to sleep all times we stayed over. Being a kid and getting to go to grandmas house was the best thing ever because she lived right next to the woods and train tracks. We would be out there for hours shooting cans with BB guns and catching turtles. You would always have lunch ready for us when we would get back and would make us take our muddy clothes off outside before coming in. The world would be such a better place if every kid had grandparents like you and grandpa. And no one will forget your Pizza. Best Pizza in the world!!!!! You tried to teach me once to make your pizza but it was probably the love you had for all of us that made yours so much better. We will miss you every day and hope to be even half the parents and grandparents that you and grandpa were to your children and grandchildren. I love you Grandma.

  23. Steven Navarro says:

    To the Cambell Family, you have my family’s deepest sympathy. We know how much you will miss her. To my first cousin, Antoinette; rest in peace, I pray the hand of God has guided you home.

  24. Mary A Giroux says:

    To Mrs. Campbell’s family, and yes she was always “Mrs. Campbell” to me. A strong, loving presence to all of her children and grandchildren. I remember her presence at St Thomas with Debbie and Mary Ann. She loved to hear them sing. My thoughts and prayers are with you all at this difficult time. It is never easy to say good bye. God Bless, and may she Rest in Peace. -Mary A Giroux

  25. Mark Nelson and Family says:

    Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this time as so many mourn the loss of your Mom and celebrate the full and wonderful life she led. with deep sympathy and love, Mark Nelson and Family

  26. Karen (Steen) Lucier says:

    Dear Campbell family, I am sorry to hear of your loss. I will always be thankful to your Mom for her role in Michelle, Debbie and MaryAnn’s lives. She was a great supporter and mentor. Stay strong and support each other. Mr. and Mrs. Campbell are now reunited in Heaven. You are all in my prayers.

  27. Carol DeSesa says:

    As I write this the Funeral is starting and I feel like I am in the wrong place today. I also feel lucky to have known Antoinette and Uncle Jim and blessed to be part of the family. The entries from Daniel, Erin, Micheal, and Michelle Were beautiful tributes to a beautiful woman. God Bless the Campbells.
    (cousin) Carol

  28. George Ferdinand says:

    To Paul and All the Campbell Family,
    Paul I want to thank you again for attending part of my mom’s services last September. Upon being notified my heart was saddened because their is nothing that compares to losing a loving fantastic Mother which you had and always will have not just in memories but she is and always will be inside of you and your brothers and sisters. May God’s Peace and Strength comfort you now and forever…Your friend George Ferdinand and Patty

  29. Erin Gately Richcreek says:

    I was truly sorry to hear of your Mom’s passing. I always remember her as a beautiful woman, inside and out. My thoughts and prayers are with you all.

  30. Mary Ellen (O'Reilly) Powers says:

    To John and Tish and all the Campbell kids,
    I am so very sorry to hear about the passing of your mom.
    With love, Mary Ellen


    Therer was no godmother more thoughtful and caring then annette. She would never let a Birthday or christmas pass without sending a card and a phone call,, my respect for her is immpecable. Rest in peace-you raised a family that coulden’t even be thought about now days. My love is with you and your legacy, vision and dreams will always live on and be with you as the result of the excellent mother you were as evidenced by your successful children YGS Tony

  32. Denise Campbell says:

    Dear Campbell Family,

    Please accept our heartfelt sympathies during this time of loss for your family. I had the wonderful opportunity to meet and spend time with your Mom on several occasions after Stephen and I were married. I found Antoinette to be a warm and gentle woman who deeply loved her family. We will keep all of you in our thoughts and prayers.

    Warmest condolences,

    Denise Campbell and family

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