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. www.nicholsfuneralhome.com