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Arlene M. Campbell

Memorial for Arlene M. Campbell

Born in Austin, Texas on Nov. 8, 1915
Departed on Apr. 26, 2010 and resided in Odessa, TX.
Service: Tuesday, May 4, 2010
12 pm
Cemetery: Assumption Cemetery
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Arlene M. Campbell was born in the early 1900’s to Mr. and Mrs. Maberry in Pflugerville, Texas. Being the youngest child in the family, she was affectionately called “Babe,” “Baby,” or “Babylene.”

Professing her love for Christ at an early age, she was baptized at Ebenezer Baptist Church under the pastoral leadership of Rev. L.L. Campbell in Austin, Texas. As an adult in the 1960’s – she united with the Rose of Sharon Baptist Church under the pastoral leadership of Rev. Hansome in Odessa, Texas. She served faithfully at Rose of Sharon until her health began to fail. She later restored her membership at Ebenezer Baptist Church on April 15, 2009.

She attended the Olive Street Elementary and graduated from the Old L. C. Anderson High School in Austin, Texas. She worked as a civil servant at Camp Swift in the commissary and the dry cleaners in the 1940’s. Later in life, she graduated with honors from Huston-Tillotson College with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Elementary Education. She also obtained a Master’s Degree from Prairie A. and M. University in Education.

On life’s journey, she worked for Governor Allan Shiver, movie star Fess Parker, and State Representative John Shepard. She often told the story of when she left the employment of Governor Shivers. She had finished the daily laundry, and was preparing to go home, when additional clothing belonging to Gov. Shivers’ daughter was brought to her. She informed them that she had finished her work. When she finished, she meant that she was quitting. This was just a pit stop along life’s journey.

She has a yearning to light inquisitive fires in the hearts of young, that take them to the starts and beyond. With this mission in her heart, she became a second grade teacher in Odessa, Texas. A parent of one of her students said “She loved the challenge of teaching her students. If the potential was there, she would bring it out.” Attorney Gary Bledsoe and State NAACP President, was one of her outstanding students. Her teaching career spanned some 30 plus years.

As busy as she was teaching, she still found time to paint and sculpture. Some of her artwork is currently on display at The University of Texas – Permian Basin – Odessa, Texas. She was founder of the “Gospel Volunteers” and the Sunrise Club. As a community activist, civic leader and servant, she participated in numerous organizations. They include: the Gospel Music Workshop of America, she attended the annual workshops as long as her health permitted, Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc., NAACP (Life Member), Silver-Haired Legislators, Ector County Historical Society, the Gertrude Bruce Historical Cultural Center, Black Chamber of Commerce, and El Noel Museum. Her awards and citations are numerous including state, community and county honors.

She was person who light shone life a million stars. Her light will continue to linger long through the lives she touched in the classroom and community. Our hearts are filled with endless gratitude to God for her life span of 94 years.

Remaining to cherish endeared fond memories are: Beulah Agnes Jones, Ed.D., and (Jimmy), grandnephew Warren L. Grant, nieces, nephews, and cousins including the following families (ne) – Alexander, Beck, Brown, Campbell, Collins, Crawford, Downing, Hardy, Jackson, Jones, Johnson, Justice, Hadjicostandi, King, Medearis, Raleigh, Sneed, Wheeler, and Williams.

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