Laurel Hill resident recalls 99 years of change; 'home is home'

Published: Monday, July 29, 2013 at 12:56 PM.

After several medical problems this past year, she said jokingly, "If 99 is worse than 98, I don't think I'll be here for 100."

Now recuperated, Campbell remains fiercely independent, recently "letting go" caregivers who sat with her around the clock when she last returned from rehabilitation.

"I just couldn't abide all those strangers in my house," she said. "They'd come in my room uninvited and then want to sit and talk for hours."

To placate relatives, she wears a medical emergency communicator and reluctantly gave up occasionally driving around town to keep an eye on things.

School and church

Campbell started her teaching career after graduating from now-defunct Palmer College in DeFuniak Springs.

"When I started in the fall of '35, the Depression — the Great Depression — was with us, and we teachers made $75 a month for eight months a year with a four-year degree," she said.



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