SWANTON– Nancy “Néné” Campbell, age 80, passed away unexpectedly on Saturday, December 24, 2022 at the UVM Medical Center in Burlington.
She was born in St. Albans on December 12, 1942, to the late Eugene and Christine (Walker) Tatro.
Nancy was a lifelong resident of Swanton, and grew up on Pine Street. Right out of school, she married the love of her life James Patrick Campbell on January 2, 1960, a date they picked so there was always a party going on for the new year, so they could dance together. While raising her 3 children in the home they made on South River Street, she worked for the Dairy Bar in Swanton where she quickly became famous for her coleslaw— which is not surprising as she had an incredible talent for cooking and baking. She enjoyed baking countless pies, cakes, and Christmas goodies, making banana splits, and fried chicken dinners. She later worked in the kitchen at MVU High School. In later years, she worked for Union Carbide and Eveready with her husband for over 25 years until they were both able to retire in 2001. After they retired, they were able to travel, go on boat rides where Néné could fish, and spent more time at their treasured rustic camp in Southern Vermont. Néné enjoyed camping at Lake Carmi with her family. She enjoyed having a housecat, to include Pinky and Smokey. Along with baking, Néné loved to go shopping, and collect anything with frogs, Elvis, or Pepé Le Pew. Néné loved to decorate for the holidays, especially Halloween— she was known for having the house, yard, and garage fully decorated in various Halloween scenes. She loved to garden, had large flower beds with beautiful tulips, pansies, glads, and her favorite flowers - snapdragons. She had a special talent where she could make anything grow. She was a devout catholic and an active member of The Church of the Nativity. You could always count on her to be a loving support system, she gave honest advice with a spitfire spirit, and if she couldn’t find the words to help, best believe she had something that could help in her large purse she carried everywhere.
She is survived by 3 children, James Campbell and his wife Debbie, Carol Campbell, and Wendy Campbell all of Swanton; grandchildren, Patricia, and Christopher and his wife Amanda; great grandchildren, Ashlee, and Hayden; and several nieces, nephews and cousins. Besides her parents, Nancy was predeceased by her husband James Campbell; a grandson, Nathan Campbell; and siblings, William Tatro, Marion Unwin, Charles Tatro, and Laura Tatro.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Saturday, June 10, 2023 at 11:00AM at the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary Catholic Church, 65 Canada St, Swanton, VT 05488. Interment will follow in St. Mary’s Catholic Cemetery in Swanton.
For those who wish, contributions in Nancy’s memory may be made to Church of the Nativity, 65 Canada St, Swanton, VT 05488, or March of Dimes National Office, 1550 Crystal Dr, Suite 1300, Arlington, VA 22202, or St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105.
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