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Ann C. Newman

Thousand Oaks, CA

Ann Campbell Newman, 83, a career professional artist from Oklahoma whose works included inspiration from her Choctaw-Chickasaw Native American roots died peacefully in the care of a hospice team on January 18, 2018, in Thousand Oaks, CA, where she resided since 1992 with her husband of 40 years, fellow professional artist Steven Newman.

Ann Newman was born in Bartlesville, Okla., on Independence Day 1934 to Lawrence Albert "Amos" Campbell and Annice Campbell (nee Britton), with one older brother Lawrence "Larry" Campbell. Newman excelled in school and in the youth pageant traditions of the early 1950s, eventually earning top honors as Miss Oklahoma 1955, Miss Football and Miss O.U. while she studied fine arts at the University of Oklahoma. 

Upon graduating, Newman pursued a modelling career after she competed as a finalist in the 1956 Miss America Pageant. In photographs for retailers and fashion designers, Newman often appeared in mainstream newspaper ads and donned the pages or covers of magazines. 

While later pursuing her career as a professional artist in painting, sculpture and clay, in 1974 Newman met fellow artist Steven Newman in Philadelphia when introduced by friends. They married in 1977 and continued to reside in Philadelphia until 1980, when they relocated to Los Angeles, Santa Fe, NM, Westlake Village, CA, and later Thousand Oaks, where they resided since 1992. During this period of creating and marketing their art, the Newmans enjoyed several cross country road trips to meet with dealers across the Southwest U.S. They also created a business specializing in antique restoration and resale during an era that preceded ebay-style sales of art, antiques and collectibles.

Diagnosed with dementia in 2010, Ann briefly continued to create art while living with Steve, who served as her partner and caregiver through 2017. Campbell is survived by Steve Newman of Thousand Oaks; cousin Lee Ann Ladusau Beaty of Edmond, OK; cousins Kris Ladusau and Lorrie Wolaver of Oklahoma City; and Nicholas Wolaver of Atlanta, GA, as well as numerous friends. In lieu of flowers please contribute to office of Alzheimer's Association California Central via



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