Marilyn R Campbell


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Salem, NH - Marilyn R. Campbell, a life-long resident of Salem, N.H. died on June 22, 2019, following a long period of residential care, and complications of dementia. She was 86 years old.
Marilyn was born Marilyn R. Turner on July 31, 1932, the second of three daughters born to the late Howard E. Turner and Ruth (Kimball) Turner. She grew up on the dairy farm operated by her parents on Brady Avenue in Salem. She attended Salem schools and graduated from Woodbury High School in 1950. She attended the University of New Hampshire in Durham, where she graduated in 1954 with a degree in Occupational Therapy. While attending UNH she met her future husband, Bernard W.M. Campbell of Hampton, N.H. The couple was married in Salem at the Pleasant Street Methodist Church in 1955.
Following a brief period of time during Bernard's army service, Bernard and Marilyn returned to work on the family dairy farm and raise three sons. Bernard and Marilyn eventually purchased the farm from Marilyn's parents and operated it as Kev-Ber-Ken Farm. During this time Marilyn played host to literally thousands of Salem school children through a series of field trip visits to one of Salem's last active dairy farms. She also spent time as a substitute teacher in the Salem School District.
In 1986 Bernard and Marilyn left dairy farming and for a while, operated the farm as a fruit and vegetable business, selling farm products from a farm stand constructed on Brady Avenue. Marilyn spent many hours greeting customers at the farm stand. In 1992 Bernard and Marilyn and their family decided to leave agriculture altogether and began the process to turn the family farm into a public golf course. Campbell's Scottish Highland's Golf Course opened in 1994 on the same land owned by Marilyn's family for generations.
Bernard W. M. Campbell died in late 1996. Marilyn continued to serve as President of the family business that owns the golf course, and she participated in its operation up until a debilitating illness in 2014. She was often seen driving her golf cart around the course, giving tours to visitors and guests. When the course first opened, Marilyn worked in the kitchen and staffed the snack bar in the early morning hours, serving muffins and pastries she baked each day. She was also a dedicated follower of the Salem High School Golf Team which she and Bernard helped establish after the course opened.
While still involved in agriculture, Marilyn began a 20-year service to the State of New Hampshire, serving as a State Representative from Salem from the early 1970s to the early 1990s. She served on the House Environment and Agriculture committee and participated in several initiatives, including the state's "Current Use Taxation" law intended to preserve agricultural lands. Marilyn was active in farm organizations, and served as President of the New Hampshire Farm Bureau Women. She and Bernard received recognition in their receipt of the "Mary Lee Ware" trophy for service to New Hampshire agriculture.
Locally, Marilyn served on several corporate Boards, including the Board of Directors of Granite State Electric Company and the Salemhaven Nursing Home. She shared her husband's involvement in education in Salem, and was inducted into the Salem/Woodbury Hall of Fame. In 1999 Marilyn was awarded the prestigious "Bill Brown Award" as Businessperson of the Year by the Greater Salem Chamber of Commerce. She was actively involved in the Town of Salem 250th Anniversary Committee.
Marilyn was a life-long member of the Pleasant Street United Methodist Church in Salem, and was involved in its Utopia Club in the 1960s.
Marilyn is survived by her three sons and their families; Salem attorney Bernard H. Campbell and his wife Veralyn; retired Salem Fire Captain Kevin W. Campbell and his wife Carol, and former state wildlife biologist Kenneth I. Campbell and his wife Marianne. Marilyn had four grandchildren - Bernard W. Campbell, Rebecca Campbell, Dana Campbell and Craig Campbell, and two great grandchildren that she greatly enjoyed in her final years- Bernard R. Campbell and Ruth Campbell. She is also survived by a sister, Elsie M. Wilson of Westford, Massachusetts. In addition to being predeceased by her husband Bernard, she was also predeceased by her sister Elizabeth F. Lott
At Marilyn's specific request, there are no calling hours and any funeral services will be private.
The family asks that in lieu of any other memorials, that persons consider making a donation to the Salem New Hampshire Chapter of Dollars for Scholars to the Bernard W. M. Campbell and Marilyn R. Campbell Memorial Scholarship Fund at P.O. Box 297, Salem, NH 03079.
The family anticipates that at a future date, a "Scholarship Day" event will be held at Scottish Highlands to benefit the Scholarship fund honoring Bernard and Marilyn.
Arrangements are under the direction of Goundrey & Dewhirst Funeral Home, 42 Main Street, Salem, New Hampshire
Published on June 26, 2019
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Gary Boutin
Jun 30, 2019
We see your mom at Salem Haven while we were doing the Stations of the Cross with Saint Joseph. She was a very sweet lady and another connection is that she passed on my mother's birthday. I know she's in heaven. Gary and Jaden
Diana Seifert
Jun 30, 2019
When the farm was still in operation, my special ed. class had a wonderful field trip that your mother conducted. A consummate teacher she explained each step as we went through the barn and watched the cows being milked, then a hay ride on the back of the tractor. Many years later I golfed at the Scottish Highlands, and enjoyed talking to her as she drove on the golf cart. Such an asset to our town, she will be sorely missed. Sincerely, Diana Seifert
Charlie Moore and Pat
Jun 29, 2019
A great neighbor and friend. She will be missed by all.
Jennifer Couture
Jun 26, 2019
May she Rest in Eternal Paradise. She was a remarkable woman, I have many fond memories as a child of her .We Brady Ave neighbors for more than 20yrs .She will be missed 🙏💕
David Azarian
Jun 26, 2019
Very sad to hear this news; your mother was a wonderful woman. Please accept our sincere condolences on your loss.

Dave Azarian and family
John M. Belko Sr and Family
Jun 26, 2019
Marilyn was a special lady, old school, a pillar of the community, so lacking these days. I know she will be missed by family and friends, but she had a productive and fulfilled life. Her memories and accomplishments should be celebrated and revered. All our sympathies to all of her children, grand children, other family members and close friends. We know Marilyn's love of family and friends will be missed by all. Please accept our deepest sympathies, as we know from the many others her life had touched.
Family Hugo Overdeput
Jun 26, 2019
We are very saddened to hear about the death of your mother. We will miss her greeting the golfers at Scottish Highlands. Our sincere condolences to the Campbell family.
Sara Brown. Play Among The Stars Theatre Groupe, Inc.
Jun 26, 2019
We are so sorry for your loss. I remember golfing at Scottish Highlands and seeing Marilyn picking blueberries on the 9th hole. She would use them to make the biggest and best muffins. My Father-in-law Malcolm worked on the course and she always gave him coffee and a muffin in the morning. Rest In Peace, Marilyn.