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

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

Campbell is Clerk Emeritus of the Session, Laurel Hill Presbyterian Church's governing body. She hosts its meetings and those of the Presbyterian Women community outreach group.

She's renowned among fellow congregants for bringing Bugles chips to church gatherings.

Also close to her heart is her lifelong home.

"I was born right here, in the front room, at 9 o'clock on a Monday morning," Campbell said, adding the house appears in tax records as early as 1908. Her family moved into it in 1914.

Campbell has beaten the nursing home at least three times — a source of pride — and said returning to the tidy white home motivated her, though others couldn’t relate.

“... Home is home. It has connotations they wouldn't understand,” she said. “When you've lived in one house all your life, you feel an attachment. It's part of you."

Contact News Bulletin Staff Writer Brian Hughes at 850-682-6524 or Follow him on Twitter @cnbBrian.

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