Margaret Jane Campbell

F, #1, b. 7 October 1924, d. 27 March 2018
Father*Dr Leon George Campbell b. 24 Oct 1892, d. 3 Aug 1969
Mother*Margaret Cornelia Flautt b. 18 Apr 1901, d. 16 Sep 1987
ChartsJohn Campbell (Rev) (Immigrant 1717)
Birth*7 October 1924 Margaret Jane Campbell was born on 7 October 1924 at Pasadena, Los Angeles Co., California; Registration District 1904 Local Register #1075 shows father Leon George Campbell b.MN occupation MD age 31, mother Margaret Cornelia Flautt b.Baltimore MD age 23 and that she is the 1st child.1 
(InHomeOf) Census19309 April 1930 She appeared on the 1930 census in the household of Dr Leon George Campbell, ED 19-1269 - 1731 Mendocino St, Altadena, Pasadena Twnshp, Los Angeles Co., California. Her info on the census included -
Campbell, Jane age 5 b.CA.2 
(InHomeOf) Census19401940 Margaret Jane Campbell appeared on the 1920 census in the household of Dr Leon George Campbell, ED 492 sht 9b # 209 1506 E California, Pasadena, Los Angeles Co., California. Her info on the census included - Campbell, Margaret J 15 b.CA, highest grade completed H1, same place in 1935. 
Marriage*10 April 1948 Margaret Jane Campbell married John Barnard Wells Jr, son of John Barnard Wells and Alice Roberta Marie Snook, on 10 April 1948 at All Saints Church, Pasadena, Los Angeles Co., California; Witnesses were Patricia Lee Campbell (bride's sister) of Pasadena CA and Walter B Snook (groom's cousin) of Taft CA.3 
Death*27 March 2018 Margaret Jane Campbell died on 27 March 2018 at Portland, Multnomah Co., Oregon, at age 93. 
Obituary22 April 2018 Her obituary was on 22 April 2018 at Star-News, Pasadena, Los Angeles Co., California, Jane Campbell Wells
October 7, 1924 - March 27, 2018
     Jane Campbell Wells died March 27th, 2018 in Beaverton OR. Margaret Jane Campbell was born October 7th, 1924 in Pasadena CA to Dr Leon George Campbell and Margaret Flautt Campbell. Jane attended Polytechnic Elementary and Westridge School for Girls. A tall, athletic girl, Jane competed on horseback, was a gymnast, played tennis, badminton, swam, sailed, roller skated, tap danced and stood on her head.
     It might have been different. In 1929, Jane contracted infantile paralysis. She was saved by serum shots developed using blood from polio survivors. Weeks later, Jane saw the Graf Zeppelin gliding near what is now LAX. In 1940 Jane's first big adventure was taking the train from LA to Boston, spending the summer with a group of families in Maine. It was an idyllic time - beach parties, bowling, dances and daily ocean swims. In 1947, she witnessed the Spruce Goose's only flight.
Jane attended Stanford and graduated from USC in 1948 with a BA in International Relations. She was a lifelong Kappa Alpha Theta. Jane met her husband, a former B-26 Bomber pilot, John Barnard Wells, in 1947 and they married in 1948. She said, "We had both suffered emotionally during the war and instantly knew what we wanted for the rest of our lives". Jane & John celebrated their 65th anniversary in 2013, and John died in January 2014.
     Mom found her passion and served the Pasadena Guild of Children's Hospital for over 35 years. The annual fundraiser is called Treasures & Trivia, and throughout each year, she drove to members' homes picking up donations then mending, cleaning & repairing items. She oversaw the shoes & purses section. On each Halloween sale weekend, she wore a witch's hat and all the regular customers loved her for it. We girls knew some fun or silly treasure awaited us many Christmas mornings! Mom and Dad played bridge and dominoes; they excelled on the golf course winning tournaments, including the 1996 President's Cup Championship at Annandale Golf Club. They saw much of the world together, Mom being sure to dip her toes or swim in every ocean locale visited. Mom found genealogy later in life, researching hers and Dad's histories & publishing 3 family books. She became a proud member of The National Society of the Colonial Dames of America in CA & OR.
     Jane was the quintessential homemaker- always home after school, always available to us, always cooking scratch meals. She possessed an uncanny radar for knowing something was amiss or if one of us was unhappy. She had such common horse-sense. Mom introduced us to art, theater and social events. She entertained Dad's business associates, and they hosted lively social parties at home. She mastered needlepoint and knitted, crafting gorgeous sweaters and full outfits, completing her last sweater at 92. She had an inordinate sense of style and could make a gunnysack look chic. Nearly 6' tall, Mom was elegant and graceful making her a popular fashion show model. She could be very intimidating to the uninitiated; we're not sure she ever understood the power of her presence. She was "Jane from Pasadena" in the best sense of the phrase.
     Jane is survived by her sister, Patricia Campbell Duckett of Rancho Santa Fe, CA; brother, Leon George Campbell of Woodside CA, and their families; her children Debbie (Mike) Boone of Salem OR, Patty (Rob) Thompson of Portland OR, and Maggie (Peter) Bentley of Spokane WA; grandchildren - Megan, Katie, Ashley, Heather, Peter, Tom, Alex & Craig; and great-grandchildren- Parker, Lillyan, Audrey, Jack, Ryan plus a baby boy due soon.     A celebration of life will be held Sunday May 20th, 10:30am at the Multnomah Athletic Club, Portland OR. Donations may be made to The Pasadena Guild of Children's Hospital via check to: PO Box 51101, Pasadena CA 91115, or online at in memory of "Jane Wells, Pasadena Guild." Alternatively, as Mom suffered from dementia, donations may be made online to "In Memory of Jane Wells" in the Tribute section. 


John Barnard Wells Jr b. 31 Aug 1919, d. 5 Jan 2014
Last Edited26 Apr 2018


  1. [S225] Birth certificate of Margaret Jane Campbell, My Evd # 225.
  2. [S160] US Census, My Evd # 160.
  3. [S226] Marriage record of John Barnard Wells Jr & Margaret Jane Campbell - their copy vs "official" copy, My Evd # 226.