Margaret Campbell

Margaret passed away March 17, 2021 at the age of 61. She is survived by her husband of 34 years, William Barr, Jr.; children, Dorothy Keeney and Jesse Barr; grandchildren, William Carter and Beatrix Schmersey-Keeney; mother, Shirley Campbell; and sisters, Eleanor Campbell, Elizabeth (Mark) Dreyer, and Mary Campbell. Preceded in death by her father Norman John Campbell and brother Norman Robert Campbell.

Raised in the village of Clinton, she graduated from Clinton High School in 1977, a top student, star athlete in volleyball, basketball, and track and field, cornetist and drum majorette in the band, and recipient of the D.A.R. Good Citizen Award. She also studied at Central Michigan University, Washtenaw Community College, and the Eastern School of Farriery in Virginia.
Margaret was a talented graphic artist, working at Bauer Dunham & Barr and the Environmental Research Institute of Michigan, and once operated a successful horseshoeing practice in the Irish Hills area.

Margaret’s life was changed forever on November 5, 1988. She was driving from Clinton to Ann Arbor to take her younger brother Robbie to his first Michigan football game. Between Clinton and Saline on U.S. 12, a westbound vehicle making a dangerous pass collided head-on with her car. She was flown by helicopter to University Hospital in Ann Arbor, suffering from major head trauma and fractures to her left arm and both legs; she was also three months pregnant. Sadly, Robbie died from his injuries.

Margaret was in a coma for six weeks, and spent another 13 months in inpatient rehabilitation at St. Joseph Mercy hospital. Miraculously, she carried her pregnancy to full term and her son Jesse was born there. After 9 more months of treatment at Rainbow Rehabilitation facilities, she was able to return home to her family.

Margaret was very determined to be independent, and worked relentlessly to regain as many abilities as she could. She continued her artistic work, creating many drawings that were made into notecards she sold every year at the Clinton Fall Festival. She also loved music, especially the New Wave bands of the 1970s and 1980s. She and her husband Bill were ardent rock collectors, belonging to several clubs and traveling all over the U.S. and Canada on field trips with their friends.

Fierce but gentle, cheerful and optimistic, hard-working and responsible, with a great sense of humor and a will to live life to the fullest, Margaret will always be remembered by her family and many friends for her inspiring ability to find happiness despite the challenges she had to face. May she rest in the peace she deserves.

Visitation at the Handler Funeral Home in Clinton will be Thursday, March 25 from 2-4 p.m. and 6-8 p.m. with masks and social distancing observed. Services (family only) will be Friday, March 26 at 1 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations are suggested to Starry Skies Equine Rescue and Sanctuary to help care for Margaret’s beloved horses or to support art therapy for children at C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital in Ann Arbor. Online condolences may be offered to the family at handlerfuneralhomes.com.

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