Evelyn Ora Kampmeyer, 81, of Lansdale, an artist and educator, died Tuesday, May 14, at Abington Hospice at Warminster of complications from diabetes.

Born in Glendora, N.J., Mrs. Kampmeyer was a graduate of Haddonfield Memorial High School, Haddonfield. She earned a bachelor's degree in journalism from Douglass College in New Brunswick, N.J., in 1953.

In the 1970s and '80s, she earned a master's degree in education administration from Rider College and studied education administration, curriculum, instruction, reading, and language arts at the doctoral level at the University of Pennsylvania.

"She was a mother, artist, educator, leader, and politician," daughter Lee Anne Kampmeyer said.

Mrs. Kampmeyer raised her children in Maryland from 1954 to 1967, and then moved to Horsham and later Lansdale in the late 1960s.

Her artworks in watercolor, charcoal, pastel, and oil hung on the walls of the family home, her daughter said. There were still lifes, landscapes, and renderings in a modern style.

"As youngsters, we were exposed to painting at the easel," her daughter said.

In the 1970s, Mrs. Kampmeyer taught reading and language arts in the North Penn School District, and was the English and reading supervisor for Pittsgrove Township Schools in New Jersey.

In the 1980s, she was assistant principal for middle schools in the Muhlenberg School District in Reading, and high school principal in the East Lycoming School District in Hughesville, Pa.

After retiring from the public schools, she served as statewide education coordinator for the Maryland Conservation Corps in Annapolis in the mid-1990s. She was honored for her work by President Bill Clinton in a White House ceremony, her family said.

She ran unsuccessfully for the Maryland House of Delegates in 1990.

During that decade, she was legislative chairwoman of the Republican Women of Anne Arundel County, Md., and was on the board of directors of the county social-services agency.

She enjoyed playing bridge and pinochle and sailing on the Chesapeake Bay. She also was a bridge instructor.

Surviving, in addition to her daughter, are her husband of 60 years, Roy A. Kampmeyer; sons Alan and Gary; nine grandchildren; and four great-granddaughters.

Mrs. Kampmeyer chose cremation. Burial is private. A memorial will be held later. Condolences to the family may be offered at: www.facebook.com/EvelynKampmeyerMemorialPage

Contact Bonnie L. Cook at 215-854-2611 or bcook@phillynews.com.