Ann Campbell's Story
Mrs. Ann Campbell Mathers, daughter of the late Louise Nyberg and Erik Harald Nyberg was born May 17, 1939 in Marblehead. Ann was fiercely proud of her Marblehead upbringing and community, as well as her Swedish and Prince Edward Island heritage. She was a graduate of St. Mary’s High School in Lynn, and Saint Elizabeth’s Nursing School in Brighton.
She was united in holy matrimony to the late Robert “Bob” Vincent Mathers, on November 11, 1961, and they settled in Virginia Beach, Virginia. Their union was blessed with two children. Bob preceded her in death in May, 1988.
Ann worked as a registered nurse in the Virginia Beach school system for over 30 years, primarily at Trantwood Elementary School. She was an active member of the Virginia Beach community as a volunteer Girl Scout Troop Leader, as a volunteer for Lee’s Friends Cancer Support Group, as a volunteer with the Great Neck Athletic Association, and an avid square dancer with the Riptides Square Dance Club. Ann was a survivor, having defeated tuberculosis in 1964 and ovarian cancer in 1982.
In later years, she returned home to Massachusetts and resided at Brooksby Village in Peabody, where she was a vibrant part of her community, engaging in continuing education classes at Salem State University for several years. She loved to spend time with her four grandchildren and with her extended family. Her ultimate passion was reading, and her home was stuffed with books, both read and unread. She always shared her love of books with her children and grandchildren. She was old school – and did not prefer “e-readers.”
As a result of her generous spirit and pleasant personality, she was loved by many. Ann quietly departed this life surrounded by her family on Thursday, February 23, 2017 at Kaplan Family House Hospice in Danvers.
Her beautiful life will forever be cherished in the lives of her children, Laura Ann Dewey of Midlothian, Va. and Thomas Paul Mathers of Boxford; four siblings, Mary Louise Roche of Withee, WI, Jeannie Kellen of Medford, Eric H. Nyberg of Marblehead, and Elsa Fitzgerald of Tiverton, R.I.; son-in-law Ralph Dewey of Midlothian, Va. and daughter-in-law, Michele Irzyk Mathers of Boxford; and four grandchildren, Robert and Rachel Dewey, and Tucker and Savannah Mathers; a host of devoted nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
Visitation will be held from 4 to 7 p.m. on Monday, February 27th at Murphy’s Funeral Home, 85 Federal St, Salem, MA 01970. Funeral Mass will be held Tuesday, February 28th at 10:30 a.m. at Our Lady Star of the Sea Church, 80 Atlantic Ave, Marblehead, MA 01945. A collation will held immediately following Ann’s funeral mass. Ann will be returned to Virginia Beach for internment at Princess Anne Memorial Park with her husband Bob, and a service will be held at that time. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Lee’s Friends, 7400 Hampton Blvd, Room 201, Norfolk 23505 or to Kaplan House Hospice at https://give.caredimensions.org/. For additional information or online guestbook please visit www.MurphyFuneralHome.com or call 978-744-0497.
Published on  February 25, 2017