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Nancy Jo Campbell was born January 22nd, 1943, in Sheffield, Alabama to Ruth L. Harris.
She attended Sterling High School where she met her husband William B. Campbell Jr.
On November 9th of 1959 she married William B. Campbell Jr. This union produced five wonderful children.
In 1969, determined to secure a bright future for her children, Nancy moved to Dayton, Ohio with the encouragement and support of her big sister Patricia, her mother and grandmother. After arriving in Dayton, she secured a position as an associate in sales for Elder-Beerman Westtown for many years prior to transferring to the distribution center as Distribution Lead. She retired after over 30 years of service.
Nancy was a loving and devoted mother, sister, grandmother, great-grandmother, and friend. She was humble, caring and lovingly known not only as Nancy but, Grandma, Grammy, Na Na and Mimi. Her presence with that beautiful smile always warmed the room. Her children were her driving force, her lighthouse. “We’re all we got” was often a reminder of the importance of maintaining the love and bond between siblings. She raised them to keep family first and stick together.
She instilled a special emphasis for education on her children and grandchildren and took pride in watching them grow and achieve. She attended numerous plays, recitals, games, graduations, and celebrations for her grandchildren. Her support for her family was unwavering.
Nancy was an avid traveler and enjoyed taking cruises with her friends and life partner Hobert “J.R. “Johnson. Nancy was also a veracious reader, inheriting her love of reading from her mother Ruth. She poured over James Patterson crime mysteries. Often obtaining the ten-day read from the library as soon as a new edition was released. She enjoyed shopping/lunch with her daughters, spending quality time such as PJ parties with “the girls”, watching movies and indulging in her favorite snack, popcorn. Her policy was that you get your own bag because she wasn’t going to share. Nancy loved Old School R&B music, in particular Sam Cooke and Al Green. She only cooked, when necessary, especially after her children left the nest, however, her delicious mac-n-cheese was in a class of its own.
Her children would describe her as loving, supportive, understanding, brave and self-less. She leaves behind a legacy of love and strength. Her family will cherish their memories forever.
She is preceded in death by her mother, Ruth L. Harris; Aunt, Annie B. Gadd; Grandmother, Eva Dell Roth; and beloved cousins Larry Gadd, Lorretta Gadd, and Linda Maize; Sister and Brother-in-law Mattie and John Davis and cherished life partner Hobert “J.R” Johnson.
Nancy is survived by three daughters Crystal Campbell; Veronica (Warren) Kendricks; Valerie (David) Hooten; Two sons Derrick (Gina) Campbell; William B. (Loretta) Campbell III; One sister Patricia Ann Burnley.
She leaves behind 10 grandchildren: Darren and Brittany Kendricks, Kelsey, Kendall and Kayla Hooten, Dorian, Darius, Jasmine, Kennedy, and Danielle Campbell and one special great-grandchild, Daylen Kendricks.
Beloved Niece and Nephews Caryn Rainey (Bryan), Carlton Rainey, and John Davis Jr., first Cousins Faye (Dwight) Gooden.
Her memory will also be cherished by her dear friends Wyvonia Reese and Annette Gregory and host of extended family, and friends.