|Birth: ||Sep. 19, 1919|
|Death: ||Jun. 4, 2005|
Dot Jo Baker Campbell was a great-grandmother and teacher who played hard - even skiing down from the top of Berthoud Pass back in 1938, a year after the legendary ski area opened.
"She was fearless," said Leonard Campbell, Dot Jo's husband of 60 years.
After breaking a leg during a ski outing, Mrs. Campbell turned to oil and watercolor painting. She painted scenes of Colorado mountains and ocean coastlines. The paintings hang in the homes of relatives and friends.
Mrs. Campbell, who lived nearly all her life in Denver, also taught at Adams City High School in Commerce City and at Cole Junior High School in Denver.
Dorothy Josephine Campbell, 85, died after an unexpected illness at Porter Adventist Hospital on June 3, according to her family. Mrs. Campbell's death, caused by intestinal complications, coincided with the 17th anniversary of her mother's death.
Mrs. Campbell was born Sept. 19, 1919, in Windsor. According to her family, she enjoyed a very close relationship with her parents, Earl and Dorothy Baker.
Soon after her birth, Mrs. Campbell's family relocated back to Denver after a stint in Windsor, where Earl Campbell worked briefly.
As a child, Mrs. Campbell wasn't afraid of snakes . . . or heights. She once jumped off the roof of her family's garage, using an umbrella as a make-shift parachute. She was uninjured.
On her way to elementary school, Mrs. Campbell would scoop up water snakes from the drainage ditch, twirl them around in her hand, and then return them to the ditch.
That fearless attitude surfaced as an adult during a trip to India in the 1970s. She and her husband walked up to a snake charmer along one of the streets in New Delhi.
As a cobra emerged from the snake charmer's basket, Mrs. Campbell suddenly gave the snake a karate chop, said Leonard Campbell. The stunned snake retreated into its basket.
Another tourist watching the event turned to Leonard Campbell and, according to Campbell, said: "I admire her courage. But I question her judgment."
The Campbells met while attending the University of Colorado as undergraduates, in 1939. They were married in 1944 in Denver.
The couple had three children. Today, there are five grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. All relatives live within five miles of the family home.
"She was a very strong and wonderful mother," said daughter Teri Pat Campbell.
Teri Pat Campbell also said her mother was "very supportive" of her husband and his legal career. Leonard Campbell, 87, is a retired Denver attorney who served as the city's manager of public safety in the late 1940s.
As a secondary school teacher, Mrs. Campbell taught physical education and chemistry. At Adams City High School, she was known to swing down from the balcony on a climbing rope at the start of class - on those days when the students were using the rope.
Mrs. Campbell died near the end of a pounding thunder storm that swept through the Denver area on June 3, bringing with it lightning and tornado sirens. As a precautionary step, Mrs. Campbell and other patients at the hospital were moved from their rooms into the hallway.
According to Leonard Campbell, the priest who later performed the funeral Mass said of the storm: "It sounds to me from listening to her life story that she was on her way to heaven."
Rocky Mountain News (CO)
Date: June 14, 2005
Leonard Martin Campbell (1918 - 2006)*
Terri Pat Campbell (1951 - 2006)*
Mount Olivet Cemetery
Plot: St. Anthoney Mausoleum: I/E/82
Created by: VDR
Record added: Sep 10, 2012
Find A Grave Memorial# 96828763