Marjorie "Patty" Campbell, age 88, of Bel Air, Maryland passed away peacefully at home, surrounded by family, on October 27, 2022. Born and raised in Wildwood, New Jersey, she was the daughter of Edward and Mary (Barker) Donohue and the wife of William Walter Campbell. Bel Air has been Patty's home for 50 years; however, she was always very proud of her hometown roots in Wildwood, New Jersey. She often shared fond and funny memories of growing up with her cousins, dancing on the boardwalk, ferris wheel rides, and her Wildwood Catholic High School tales were always family favorites. In her Wildwood years she also worked as a Bell Telephone Switch Board Operator, where she was known to return a Coast Guardsman’s money if their gal wasn't home to accept the call.
Patty and her husband Bill shared 62 loving years of marriage. They met in Cape May New Jersey and were married in Pittsburgh, PA on July 9th, 1960. The very next day they moved to Ludington Michigan for their first nine years of marriage where Bill worked as a plant chemical engineer. Patty enjoyed the pretty Michigan summers; however, she was not a fan of the cold, snowy, gray Ludington winters. Bill’s career path continued to grow and Patty was thrilled to move to North Jersey, where the family resided for three years before moving to Bel Air. Along with raising children and Bill’s busy job, the two enjoyed hosting family and neighborhood parties, family vacations, day trips with the kids, enjoying multiple family dogs, outings on their boat “Soupy”, and attending Joyce’s horseshows. Bill and Patty were also members of St. Margaret’s Catholic Church for many years.
Patty served as a volunteer helping others. She was a Meals on Wheels volunteer, in-home care helper for a wheelchair bound young woman, and assisted in a medical foster home with the care of several young children living with HIV/AIDS. She was fortunate to be a stay-at-home Mom, and as her daughters began to have families of their own, she happily became the daycare provider for each youngest baby. She adored all babies and one of her greatest joys was being a grandmother. She loved her grandchildren dearly and cherished times spent with them.
Patty also enjoyed shopping, eating out, and entertaining friends and family in her home, especially for Christmas parties. She was wonderful with animals, had a great sense of humor, and was the type of person who could easily laugh at herself. Her bright smile and spunky personality was such a joy to be around. This spunk, bravery and determined spirit earned her the nickname "Wonder Woman" from her Hospice providers. She was kind, thoughtful, caring and generous, always putting the needs of others first. She was quick to ask every person entering her home if they were hungry. Patty greatly valued and cherished her friendships and neighbors. She nurtured, strengthened and maintained these relationships over many years and taught her children the importance of friendship and community.
Along with her husband, Patty is survived by her three daughters, Kathy Ross, Joyce (Frederick) Emge, and Nancy Campbell; four grandsons, Brendan Ross, Alex Ross, Nathan Emge, and Michael Grasham; four granddaughters, Erin Grasham, Rachel Emge, Emma Sybert, and Margo Sybert; three great-grandchildren, Addy, Xander and Sully Ross; and her sister-in-law, Lenore Donohue. She is also survived by many loving nieces and nephews.
Along with her parents she was preceded in death by her grandson; Paul Grasham, sister; Mary Ellen (Mame) Farrell; brother, William Donohue; and infant son, Gregory William Campbell.
Contributions may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, PO Box 50, Memphis, TN 38101.