ROCKLAND – Mary Letitia Fishler Campbell, 91, passed away peacefully Tuesday, July 30, 2013, in Rockland. She was born Nov. 24, 1921, in Montclair, N.J.
July 18, 1942, she married Ashley Sawyer Campbell, with whom she raised six children. Art was a life-long passion. She attended the National Academy of Design in New York City after high school and graduated from the School of Fine Arts at the Boston Museum of Fine Arts in 1968. She painted in oil, water, and acrylic and had a solo show in Rockland in 2004. She worked with stained glass and created a memorial at Appalachian Mountain Club Pinkham Notch Camp in New Hampshire for her son, Benjamin, who died while hiking in Scotland. Her large, bronze, outdoor sculptures created at the Shidoni Foundary in Tesuque, N.M., were exhibited in Arizona and are now displayed in New Hampshire and New Mexico. Her illustrations of woody plants for Winter Keys to Woody Plants of Maine, co-authored by son, Christopher and Fay Hyland in 1975, University of Maine Press, were praised by reviewers as “superb,” “remarkably clear and lifelike,” and “alive and certainly among the best available for this purpose.” For Open Mandala Journey, 1979, Charles F. Tuttle Co., Rutland, Vermont, which was inspired by the writings of Carl Jung, she wrote verse and made ink drawings and watercolor illustrations for 52 images in the mandala form. She earned a masters in art therapy from Vermont College and worked as an art therapist in Berlin, N.H. Personal growth was a long-term commitment. She studied psychosynthesis at the Synthesis Center in Amherst, Mass., and proprioceptive writing at the Proprioceptive Writing Center, Portland. Many enduring friendships, music, T’ai chi ch’uan, family history, and anything related to the ocean enriched her life. She loved to read to her children and grandchildren, story after story, and was a great storyteller herself. She was a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. She went by the name “Polly” into adulthood and later took the name “Chen Sun”, from the I Ching and signifying endurance, the name by which friends and family knew her. She will long be remembered for her engagement and enthusiasm for life.
She was predeceased by her parents, Bennett Hill Fishler and Mary Cheney Laroche; older brothers, Franklin and Bennett; and son, Benjamin Hill Campbell. She is survived by her husband of 71 years, Ashley; brother, Stuart; children and their spouses, Ashley and Martha Campbell, Christopher and Margaret Campbell, Martha and Sam Gellens, Gordon and Nedine Campbell, and Philip and Mary Campbell; grandchildren and their spouses, Camilla and Timothy Shannon, Toby and Anthon Campbell, Katharine and Brandt Lewis, Chandra and Ezekiel Maloney, Benjamin and Marae Campbell, Rosalie and Ryan Westenskow, Saadya Gellens, Peter Campbell and Julia Campbell; and great-grandchildren, Bernadette, Clementine and Heathcliff Lewis, Miriam and Griffin Westenskow, Emma and Henry Shannon and Nora Campbell.
Her family encourages anyone who wishes to remember her to do so with a gift to a charity of their choice. At the family’s request, a private burial will be held at a later date. Arrangements are in the care of Burpee, Carpenter & Hutchins Funeral Home, 110 Limerock St., Rockland. To share a memory with Mrs. Campbell’s family, please visit her Book of Memories at www.bchfh.com.