Shirley Smith Campbell

Shirley Smith Campbell, age 88, passed away at her home on Thursday, Feb. 23, 2023 with her family by her side. She was born July 16, 1934 in Dearborn, a daughter of the late Jessie Wade and Dorothy Eva (Nitsche) Smith. On May 9, 1953 at the Clinton United Methodist Church, she was united in marriage to Norman John Campbell and they shared over 63 years together until his passing on February 2, 2017.

Shirley was the valedictorian of her graduating class of 1952 at Clinton High School. She went on to Michigan State University for a year but left to marry the love of her life, Norman, and start her family. She was a member of St. John’s Episcopal Church in Clinton which she loved dearly and was proud to serve as a lay minister after finishing her education at Whitaker School of Theology. She was a member of the Order of Eastern Star, Tecumseh Chapter. She worked as a bank teller in Clinton and Tecumseh, and held various positions at Ann Arbor Biological Center. Shirley was community minded in her beloved Clinton working with the schools, serving on the school board, involved with the historical society and the Smith Kimball Community Center Board. She also helped with local elections and served as village treasurer. She organized many Clinton alumni banquets and her own high school reunions. She was honored to be awarded Citizen of the Year in 2006 and also in 2007. After her son Rob died in 1988, she became very active in and led the Washtenaw Chapter of The Compassionate Friends for many years. She loved to play bridge and her friends meant the world to her. She cherished them and stayed connected over the years keeping the same best friends until her death.

Shirley is survived by her daughters, Elizabeth (Mark) Dreyer of Chelsea, Eleanor Campbell of Clinton, and Mary Campbell of Clinton; sister, Linda Porter of Tecumseh; son-in-law, William Barr, and former son-in-law David Jacques; her grandchildren, Dorothy, Jesse, Stephen, Eleanor, Joseph and Sarah; great-grandchildren, Liam, Kori, Kolson, Kody and Beatrix. Besides her parents and husband, Norman, she was preceded in death by her son, Norman Robert Campbell in 1988, daughter, Margaret Jane Campbell in 2021 and two brothers, Curtis and Harry Smith.

Visitation for Shirley will be held from 4-8 p.m. on Friday, March 3 at the Clinton Chapel of Handler Funeral Homes. Memorial service will be at 11 a.m. on Saturday at St. John’s Episcopal Church in Clinton with the Rev. Katherine Beck-Ei officiating with visitation from 10 a.m. until the service. Inurnment will be a private service at a later date in Riverside Cemetery in Clinton. Memorial contributions may be made to The Compassionate Friends. Online condolences may be offered to the family at


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