Splendora Campbell Obituary

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Splendora M. Campbell

October 5, 1926 - May 12, 2014
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Campbell, Splendora Marguerite The blessed life of Splendora Marguerite Campbell, 88, of Jacksonville, FL, devoted mother, loving wife, and servant of God, came to a peaceful end on May 12, 2014. Splendora was a first generation American, born October 5, 1926, in Cleveland, Ohio of Italian immigrant parents, James DeMichelis and Ida Bellantese. Splen's father, James, was a cobbler and storeowner and her mother, Ida, was a homemaker and the family matriarch. Her family relocated to Chicago where Splendora grew up in the city's Italian neighborhood with her six siblings: Peter, Joseph, Laura, Alba, Esmeralda "Essie" and Dora. Splen...
Campbell, Splendora Marguerite
The blessed life of Splendora Marguerite Campbell, 88, of Jacksonville, FL, devoted mother, loving wife, and servant of God, came to a peaceful end on May 12, 2014. Splendora was a first generation American, born October 5, 1926, in Cleveland, Ohio of Italian immigrant parents, James DeMichelis and Ida Bellantese. Splen's father, James, was a cobbler and storeowner and her mother, Ida, was a homemaker and the family matriarch. Her family relocated to Chicago where Splendora grew up in the city's Italian neighborhood with her six siblings: Peter, Joseph, Laura, Alba, Esmeralda "Essie" and Dora. Splen graduated high school and went to work for Illinois Bell as a telephone operator. While living in Chicago, she met the love of her life and soul mate, Charles Chesterfield Campbell. They were married November 25, 1944 and spent 69 wonderful years together. Splen left her job at Illinois Bell and embraced the role of fulltime housewife and mother, making homes in the cities of her husband's US based, naval duty stations of Navy Pier, IL; Kingsville, TX; Meridian, MS; and Jax, FL. After Charles retired from the Navy, the family, which now included five children, lived several years in Billings, Montana and finally dropped anchor for good in Jacksonville, FL in 1966. In Jax, Splendora and Charles added two more children to their family, bringing the total to seven. Splendora embraced the role of mother and matriarch, learning from the example set by her own mother. She lived by the values of God, love and family, and instilled them in her children. She ran a tight ship and was regimented and meticulous about the cleanliness of her home, which was always immaculate. She was equally zealous in ensuring her family was always clean and presentable, which was no easy task. In the kitchen, Splendora was unmatched, creating wonderful homemade meals and baked goods from scratch on a shoestring budget. If you were a friend, you were family to her, and you could not escape her house without eating. "You look skinny", she would say, "Eat something, mangia, mangia." While Splen put three meals a day on the table every day of the week, the Sunday meal was special. This big meal of the week was always an amazing spread, and she insisted the entire family gather together on Sundays to share a meal, talk about the week and strengthen its bond. Family and friends alike hold fond memories of spending time in mom's or Mrs. C's kitchen, and the experience of sharing a meal with her large and crazy family. Splendora was friendly and enjoyed visiting with family and friends, going to church, talking with God, hosting family meals and in her prime, wrestling anyone who thought they were tough enough-not many were and those who stepped up, usually lost. As a devout Catholic, Splendora was strong in her faith and nourished the souls of her family spiritually in the same way she nourished their bodies with food. She prayed and attended services regularly and had a very special relationship with God. Many can attest that this relationship and her prayers have lifted them from dark and troubling times at various points in their lives. Her heart was enormous and her love knew no bounds, which was easily felt in her strong embrace. Splendora was a homemaker, but not as traditionally defined. She made home, she was home, she was the rock and beacon in the night. Her fervent and devoted service to God and her family stand as a testament to her, and is the benchmark for motherhood. She is survived by her seven children (Charlene, Jaculin, Scott, James, Chris, Dawn and Denise); eleven grandchildren (Chase, Kara, Sean, Michella, Paul, David, Meaghan, Katie, Philip, Ian and Sophie) and five great-grandchildren (Miles, Jaden, Kira, Colton and Rowan), with another on the way. She taught her family how to live lives filled with love and faith, and how to cross over, teaching until the end, stating, "Take care of each other, Dad and all of Heaven is waiting for me, I love you all." While we are deeply saddened by the loss of her physical presence, we take comfort in knowing that God himself took her hand and escorted her through the Gates of Heaven, where she will spend eternity with her beloved Chuck, watching over her flock. In leiu of flowers the family requests donations be made in her name to Community Hospice of Northeast Florida.

Arrangements under the direction of Hardage-Giddens Funeral Home, Jacksonville, FL.

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