Ann Campbell, Matriarch of Mannington, Dies at 98

Salem, NJ, September 27, 2019--Ann C. “Buffy” Campbell passed away on September 25 in Wilmington, Delaware. She was 98 years old.

“Although she was petite in stature, her legacy is large. She was the matriarch of our family--the Campbell family as well as the Mannington family--and we will all miss her keen sense of humor, kind heart and quiet strength," said Keith Campbell, chairman of Mannington Mills, about his mother.

She was married to U.S. Marine John B. “Johnny” Campbell II on February 11, 1944 just prior to his being dispatched to Iwo Jima. Upon his return in 1946, they settled in Salem, New Jersey, where Johnny went to work at his family’s business--flooring manufacturer Mannington Mills.

A staunch believer in the value of a good education, Buffy became involved in the Mannington Township School Board where she served for 13 years. During her tenure she helped build an integrated school, replacing nine separate schoolhouses scattered throughout the rural township. She also was a board member at Woodland Country Day School and gave generously of her time as a Girl Scout leader, Red Cross “grey lady” and with the First Presbyterian Church of Salem. 

A full obituary, is available here.