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 Ellen (Hampton) Campodonico

This picture was taken at a board of directors meeting of Home Federal Savings and Loan in San Francisco.  The man has not been identified.

Ellen Marjorie Hampton was born in Currituck Co. on July 7, 1907 to William Henry Hampton and Hettie Doxey.  After graduation from Wake Forest College, she taught in Washington, DC, where she met Albert Campodonico (21 Apr 1902 - 25 Jul 1963), a young attorney.  His mother became quite ill, and his family had him return home to San Francisco, where they owned the Pepsi Cola franchise, known as the Campodonico Bottling Company.  He was madly in love with Ellen, and sent her a telegram while in distress over his mother's approaching death asking Ellen "Please come now.  If ever I needed you, I need you now".  Ellen resigned her teaching position and boarded a train for San Francisco.  They were married as soon as Ellen could convert from her Baptist roots to Roman Catholicism.  They lived on Vallejo Street in an Italianate mansion, and Ellen became active in local cultural and civic affairs such as fund raising for the Legion of Honor and the Palace of Fine Arts.  Ellen was always active in the local DAR chapter and attended national conventions in Washington.  After her husband's passing, she assumed management roles in the bottling company and was also a director of Home Federal Savings and Loan, and served on advisory boards for the Bank of America.  Three sons were born:  Albert Hampton Campodonico, John Richard Campodonico, and Angelo Anthony Campodonico.  Ellen died in Marin Co., California on June 29, 1994 [see her obituary here] .

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