Pauline Campbell

May 21, 1919March 29, 2018

Pauline S. Campbell, 98 formerly of Spofford, NH, passed away on March 29, 2018 at the Maplewood Nursing Home in Westmoreland, NH.

She was born with the given name of Theresa Louise Smith, on May 21, 1919 in Far Rockaway, New York, the daughter of John and Madelene (Luther) Smith. Although her birth certificate read Theresa Louise, she was always called Pauline or Polly.

After graduating from Woodmere (Long Island) High School in 1937, she attended The Packard School in New York City, graduating in 1939. Pauline worked in the administrative office of the Riverside Church in New York City.

On December 6, 1941, Pauline and John P. Campbell, Jr. were married, waking up on the first day of their honeymoon to the news of the bombing of Pearl Harbor.

For many years, Pauline and Jack lived in Huntington, Long Island, New York, but summers were spent on their beloved Spofford Lake where Pauline had been coming since she was nine years old. Many children and adults learned to water ski behind their boats. When Jack would fly up to Spofford between his trips flying for Pan American World Airways, he would cut the engine on his Cessna plane and fly over the lake to let everyone know he was home. Pauline would load the kids and dogs into the station wagon and head into the Keene Airport to pick him up.

She loved to water ski and continued to ski into her early eighties. The Keene Sentinel did an article on her slalom skiing in August, 1999 when she was eighty years old.

Because Jack was a flight engineer with Pan Am, Pauline was able to travel all over the world. She loved making trips to Germany to visit her cousin, Tully. She also enjoyed bowling and did some square dancing in her later years. She frequented the Chesterfield Library and thoroughly enjoyed reading a good book, especially historical fiction.

Pauline will be greatly missed by many, especially her daughter, Pamela Hoyt and her husband, Dean, of Madison, Wisconsin; her son, George Campbell of Swanzey, NH; a daughter-in-law, Mary K. Campbell of Spofford; five grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; and her nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her parents; her husband, John P. Campbell, Jr.; her oldest son, John P. Campbell, III; a brother, Martin Smith; and sisters, Edyth Andorn and Betty Pierstorff.

Services and burial for Mrs. Campbell will be private.

For those who wish, donations may be made in Mrs. Campbell’s memory to the Activities Fund at Maplewood Nursing Home, 201 River Road, Westmoreland, NH 03467, where she received loving and outstanding care since August of 2012.


  • Services will be private.

Pauline Campbell

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