Dorothy was born on December 10, 1930 in Eaton, Colorado. She was the twelfth of thirteen children born to Ora and Icy Saxon. They moved to just outside Blairsville, Georgia in the North Georgia Blue Ridge Mountains. Dorothy lived in Blairsville until February 1946 when she moved with her family to Wilton, California to live near her oldest brother. She was a sophomore in high school that year. She registered in Elk Grove Union High School and was involved with lots of activities and thoroughly enjoyed the social life. Dorothy graduated in June 1949 and then married Bob Campbell on July 5, 1949 and they were happily married for forty years until his death in February 1990.
For the first two years of their marriage, Bob and Dorothy lived with his parents. Their house was located on the land he owned with his parents in Wilton. In 1951 they built a small house next door to his parents. They moved into their new home in the summer just in time for their daughter, Shirley's birth. Peggy joined the family in 1956. In 1962 they had decided to expand their home to make it a little more comfortable for their family since their girls were getting bigger. They were pleasantly surprised to learn that the planned sewing room would instead become a nursery. They welcomed Carol to the family in December 1962.
Dorothy loved to work and was hired as a custodian at Dillard School in 1955. She later went on to be the school secretary in 1958 when the school became part of the Elk Grove Unified School District. She was employed at Dillard School for 37 years. After her retirement she worked as a salesclerk at The Bible House in Elk Grove and went back to work for EGUSD to help in other school offices.
Dorothy thoroughly enjoyed being a school secretary. People often say they don't believe she ever saw a child she didn't like, and it is surprising how many students remember her with fondness. There were some students that truly thought she was the principal. Others recall that they went to her with all their worries and she would listen to them and give them sound advice. She especially had a heart for those who were going through family difficulties, and she was able to relate to them as she told them that she was raised without a father. Others remember her bandaging hurt knees and elbows. She specialized in pulling loose teeth. Parents would say that their child would go all weekend with a tooth just hanging because they wanted Mrs. Campbell to pull it on Monday. As school secretary she was not only important to students, but she also reached out to staff and parents. She stayed after work many days to get her secretarial work done because she had talked to parents throughout the day. She felt that this was an important part of her job.
Dorothy contributed to her community through encouraging community members to hold a Wilton History Day, and as a result Wilton now has the Wilton History Group that meets regularly and has done historical research and collected items of interest to the community. They also host a Wilton History Day each year which encourages both present and former residents to come together for a day of fun. The community now has The Wilton Community Center as a result of this group being formed. One of the highlights for Dorothy was when she was able to host a Dillard School Reunion. She had talked about it for several years and she was very pleased with the turnout. There were students from every decade from the 1920's through the 1990's.
Dorothy accepted Christ as her Savior at an early age and went to church although no one else in her family attended. Her relationship with Christ and church attendance remained an important part of her life into adulthood. She volunteered as a Sunday school teacher, Pioneer Girls leader, youth group leader, and church treasurer. She preferred doing work in the background and not having to be in the spotlight.
Although Alzheimer's disease isolated her from the community during her final years, Dorothy's words and friendship have meant the world to hundreds of people. Dorothy is survived by her children Shirley (John) Harms, Peggy Savage, and Carol (Aaron) Maynard and 9 grandchildren: Jason Harms, Holly (Drew) Kennedy, Katie (Kevin) Johnson, Robby (Marissa) Harms, Danny Harms, Kyle (Karryn) Savage, Courtney (Perry) Chen, Adam Maynard, and Blair Maynard. She is also survived by 15 great-grandchildren.
Preceded in death by her husband Bob Campbell, mother Icy Saxon, brothers Roy, Jeff, Bruce, Walt, Ben and sisters Pearl Mackey and Ethel Saxon, and son-in-law Glen Savage.
Memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. on Friday, June 4th at Creekside Christian Church located at 8939 E. Stockton Blvd, Elk Grove.