Jean Campbell Abell

Born: Thu., Aug. 9, 1934
Died: Fri., Feb. 3, 2012

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Jean Campbell Abell, age 77, of Greensboro, GA died on Friday, February 3, 2012 at her home with loved ones. Mrs. Abell was born August 9, 1934 in Buffalo, New York to the late George M. Campbell of Lansing, Michigan and Dorothy Walker Vrooman Campbell of Middleburg, New York. She graduated from Bennington College in Bennington, Vermont earning a Bachelors of Art in Piano Performance and Composition. She graduated from Florida State University in Tallahassee, Florida with a Masters in Music Therapy. As a Music Therapist she had two studies on the use of music therapy for developmental disabilities published in international journals. She also presented research at the first World Medical Arts Congress in New York City. She was recognized as Volunteer of the Year while living in Texas. Mrs. Abell was a member of the National Association of Music Therapy and the Association of Junior Leagues. She was the Board Chairman of the Victoria Cultural Council in Texas and Chairman of the Very Special Arts Festival in Texas and New Mexico. She was also head of the Music Therapy Department at Eastern New Mexico University. She was an active and devoted member of the First Presbyterian Church of Greensboro where she served as an Elder and was the organist for many years.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Marshall Maitland Abell on June 8, 2011. She is survived by a daughter, Kimberley Beecher of Concord, North Carolina; stepdaughter, Rebecca Wright of Horse Shoe, North Carolina; a son, Campbell Clegg of Brunswick, Maine; four stepsons, Christopher "Chris" Abell and Timothy "Tim" Abell, both of Asheville, North Carolina, Benjamin Abell of Baltimore, Maryland and Theodore "Ted" Abell of Yadkinville, North Carolina; four grandchildren; ten step grandchildren; one step great grandchild; and numerous other relatives and friends. She was preceded in death by a brother, Mel Campbell.

A celebration of her life will be held Saturday, February 18, 2012 at 2:00 p.m. at the First Presbyterian Church, 117 South Main Street, Greensboro, Georgia 30642 with Dr. James Choomack officiating. The Family requests that any memorials be made to the First Presbyterian Church Building Fund, 117 South Main Street, Greensboro, GA 30642. McCommons Funeral Home, 109 W. Broad St., Greensboro, GA, (706) 453-2626, is in charge of arrangements. Please visit to sign the online guest register.

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Karen Grigg
   Posted Sat February 04, 2012
Your mother and I became close friends the last couple of years. She was a remarkable lady who taught us all how to fight the good fight with grace and style. She will be terribly missed by her friends at Greensboro Presbyterian. My prayers are with you all having lost two such remarkable people in less than a year. I wish I could have seen their heavenly reunion!

Jean Adriance
   Posted Sat February 04, 2012
Such a beautiful and special LADY, I will miss her so much! I am so sorry for your loss for it was a great one she touched the lives of so many.

Pat Jahoda
   Posted Sun February 05, 2012
My deepest regards to the family. Jean was a person with a big heart full of love for all around her. Was privileged to know her for a period when our lives entertwined. She left a legacy of love that touched many lives!

David Ashley
   Posted Wed February 08, 2012
Sorry to hear you loss, I remember doing work at her house, and having her as a neighbor. David and Jeanie Ashley

Janet Pritchard
   Posted Fri February 10, 2012
What a wonderful lady! I only knew you through working at NGA, and being able to witness the beautiful Christmas program tradition started by you and Mr. Abell. Now you will be with him for eternity.God bless your family.

Carmen Bolin
   Posted Sun February 12, 2012
To the Family of Mrs. Abell, My sympathies and prayers for you all. I met Mr. & Mrs. Abell in Portales, NM my first year as a music therapy student. She was a remarkable woman, and I learned much from her. She was not satisfied to just be our professor, but took us under her wing and mothered us with great love and affection. She will be missed. God's blessing and peace be with you all in your time of grief. Carmen Bolin

Faye Taylor
   Posted Wed February 15, 2012
Dear Family: I am so sorry for your loss. Mrs. Abell was an example of courage and faith to all who knew her. Truly a great lady and will be missed by so many. My thoughts and prayers are with you at this time. Faye Taylor

Gayle Brice
   Posted Thu February 16, 2012
Don & I feel so very priviledged to have known Jean! She was a remarkable lady & a real lady she was!!! I personally enjoyed playing together with her on the organ & me on the piano several times. We will certainly miss Jean but will remember all the good times with her. We know that Marshall has greeted her with open arms! Gayle & Don Brice

Susan Lindsey
   Posted Sat February 18, 2012
Mrs. Jean was one of the sweetest ladies I have ever known. She had such a gentle spirit. I have been blessed to have known and worked with both Mr. and Mrs. Abell at NGA.

Betsy & Stefan Edwards
   Posted Wed April 18, 2012
God blessed us when he brought both Jean and Marshall Abell into our lives during their time in Victoria, TX. I had the privilege of working with Jean on her Very Special Arts Committee. Stefan was one of Jean's "bell choir guys" from VISD's special education classes, the recipient of her loving direction during Music Therapy. (When I sent her a photo of him taken at his first/only job, ringing bells for the Salvation Army in 2000, I heard her delightful shriek's all the way from Georgia. The miles separated us, but luckily we had the USPO,(Marshall's cherished Christmas poems) "Ma Bell" and, later, e-mail to keep us close. Jean (and Marshall) remain in our hearts...much Love and Blessings to all who mourn their departure from this life -- Joy for them who are with our Father for eternity.