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- Published on 16 July 2014
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Florence E. Campbell, age 97, of Mount Vernon, passed away in the early morning hours of Friday, June 27, 2014 at East Texas Medical Center in Mount Vernon.
She was born on February 26, 1917 in Tacoma, New York to the late Arthur and Alice Youngs Rutenber. Florence married the love of her life and best friend, James Gaylord Campbell on September 4, 1935 in New York and together they spent the next nearly 60 years raising a family and living a lifetime of memories. He preceded her in death on December 14, 1992.
Florence was a member of the Baptist faith. Although she spent her life as a homemaker and mother six children, those titles do not fully reflect the all she did for her beloved family. It was her loving touch and caring soul that taught her children and kept the family farm together. She used the resources available to her to keep the family going and will be fondly remembered for her wood stove biscuits and bread.
In her later years, Florence took up painting and drawing. She also became an avid reader. Florence was proud of writing her memoirs and keeping diaries of her life to pass on to her beloved family. Even until the end, Florence kept her mind and her loving spirit that made her such a special mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, and friend to so many.
Florence is survived by three sons, James G. Campbell, Jr. of New York, Joseph W. Campbell, and wife Karen, of Mount Vernon, and John C. Campbell, and wife Kathy, of New York; three daughters, Rose Marie Duck of Mount Vernon, Peggy J. Hardwick of Mount Vernon, and Kathleen M. West of Leesburg; and by 14 grandchildren and numerous great-grandchildren and great-great grandchildren.
She was also preceded in death by 11 brothers and sisters, one daughter, one grandchild, and one great-grandchild.
Services for Florence E. Campbell will be held at 2:00 P.M., Monday, June 30, 2014 at Grace Baptist Church in Mount Vernon with Bro. Tom Campbell officiating. Burial will follow at Providence Cemetery with Frank Bouton, Dewitt Bouton, Tom Bouton, and Joe Bouton serving as pallbearers. Visitation will be held one hour prior to the service Monday afternoon.
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