Maerene Gary Campbell, 99, of Henderson passed away July 16, 2020 at Southern Oaks Assisted Living.
Private committal services were held Monday at Henderson City Cemetery.
A public visitation and memorial service will be held at a later date.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to First United Methodist Church endowment fund.
She was born Jan. 14, 1921 in Hardin County, near Milledgeville, the daughter of the late James Elmer and Bessie Pitts Gary. She graduated from Chester County High School in 1941, where she was a basketball star player for Coach James Williams. She entered Baptist Memorial Nursing School in Memphis in 1942, where she graduated and became the ER scrub nurse for Dr. Eustace Semmes of Semmes Murphy Clinic. She later became the charge neonatal nurse for Baptist Central in downtown Memphis.
She married Orman Campbell in 1947, while he was a student at Southern College of Optometry in Memphis. He graduated in March of 1949, and they moved to Bristol. He practiced in Bristol and later in Dresden, before moving to Henderson in 1953 to open Orman Campbell, O.D. office of optometrists.
She served as a volunteer with the Chester County Health Department, lecturing on the diseases of smoking.
She was also a volunteer for the American Red Cross Blood Drives, where she used her skills as a Registered Nurse. She had served for local and statewide PTA committees. She was extremely active in the local chapter of Republican Women, serving locally and statewide and served on Senator Howard Baker’s election staff.
She was an active member of The First United Methodist Church where she served on many committees and was a long standing Sunday School Teacher of all ages.
She was a member of the Pentagon Club, the DAR, and she and Oman were founding members of the Henderson Couples Bridge Club. She was an extremely good bridge player.
She is survived by her husband, Dr. Orman Campbell of Henderson; a son, Gary (Edith) Campbell of Stantonville; one daughter, Cathy (Steve) Campbell Holland of Nashville; a grandson, Justin (Jennifer) Campbell; and three great-grandchildren, Jaycee Campbell, Jesson Campbell and Jaina Campbell.
She was preceded in death by her parents and a brother, Thurman Gary.