BEVERLY — Ethel “Midge” (Ross) Campbell, 95, beloved wife of the late Vernon W. Campbell, passed away peacefully at her home, on Sunday, March 2, 2014. Born in Manorville, Long Island, New York, she was the daughter of the late John M. and Frances E. (Smith) Ross.
Midge was a graduate of Danvers Holten High School, Salem Children’s Hospital’s Baby Nurse Program, and was a Beverly resident for 63 years. She worked at Beverly Hospital in the nursery, dedicated many years to providing a loving home for her three children, and later, along with her husband, Vernon, worked at Ward’s Florist & Greenhouse.
She was active with the community throughout her life. Midge was involved with the Girl Scouts for over 60 years, leading troops in Beverly, and spent many summers as the Camp Paradise nurse. Later, Midge was a leader at the 1965 International Girl Scout Round Up, the last of its kind, with over 10,000 attendees. Midge attended the Centerville Christian Endeavour Church, and later the Memorial United Methodist Church.
She enjoyed traveling in the family RV with her husband and grandchildren, visiting 49 states and many Canadian provinces. She was a member of Crossroad Quilters, and later in life, took pride in knitting hats and mittens for charity and made over 125 dolls for Haitian children.
Midge will be sadly missed by all of her family. She is survived by her sister, Jean Marcaurelle of Ipswich; three children, Gwen Mercaldi and her husband, Roger Jr., of Georgetown, Fay Deveau and her husband, James, of Wenham, and Vernon Campbell Jr. and his wife, Robin, of Beverly; four grandchildren, Kristin Zevitas and her husband, Joe Raciti, Tammy Belanger and her husband, Dean, Roger Mercaldi III and his wife, Joanne, and Emily Day; four great-grandchildren, Kaitlyn and Evan Belanger, and Sienna and Mason Mercaldi; along with many nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her siblings, John H. Ross, Edward M. Ross and Emma Berry.