Concepcion Almonia Campos(1929 - 2013)

Concepcion Almonia Campos 1929 - 2013 Concepcion Almonia Campos died peacefully, surrounded by family and dear friends, on January 20, 2013, at the family home in Bakersfield after battling with sarcoma, a form of connective tissue cancer. She was lovingly known by many as "Connie" and also by her Filipino nicknames of "Conching" or "Indayon." Concepcion was born December 8, 1929, in Medina, Misamis Oriental, Philippines. She graduated from the Southern Islands Hospital School of Nursing, Cebu City, Philippines, on April 8, 1954. Concepcion started her nursing career in the Philippines working for the Rural Health Department in Mindanao. In 1957, she was hired in Jersey City, NJ, and promptly immigrated to the United States. Concepcion moved to Chicago, IL, in 1958 to work at Mercy Hospital. In 1959, she traveled to Delano, California, to attend the Philippine Weekend festival. It was during this fateful weekend that she met her future husband, Luis C. Campos. In those days prior to the interstate freeways, Concepcion arrived back in Chicago well before Luis could drive back home to Delano after dropping her off at Los Angeles International Airport. Their long distance love affair culminated in their marriage on September 24, 1959. Concepcion worked briefly at the Delano Regional Hospital, but soon found work at Mercy Hospital Bakersfield. It was at Mercy a doctor called her "Campy," a nickname that quickly caught on. On November 1, 1960, the happy couple gave birth to Dennis Dale Campos. Unfortunately, Dennis died that same day due to respiratory complications. Soon after that, the Campos family moved to Bakersfield. They were one of the first or "Pioneer" Filipino-American families in town. On January 18, 1963, another son, Rene L. Campos, was born. After Rene graduated from college in 1985, Luis and Concepcion began traveling extensively. They were on a cruise ship in the Baltic Sea when their granddaughter was born. Concepcion retired from Mercy in 1992, after 32 years of service. She maintained her RN license up until the present day. In her spiritual life, Concepcion was a devout Catholic. She has been a longtime member of St. Francis Parish, where she served with the Altar Guild and the Legion of Mary. She remained at Mercy as a lay chaplain. Many of her travels were to the Holy Land, Rome, and other pilgrimages such as Lourdes, Medjugorje, and Fatima. Back home, she was a sponsor and chair of the Fatima Fiesta. In her secular travels, she joined the Bakersfield Sister City Project, taking her to places such as Wakayama, Japan, and Cixi, China. Concepcion was also active with the Filipino Senior Citizens Club Folk Dancers, touring California and presenting various folk dances. She is survived by her son, Rene; daughter-in-law, Susan; and granddaughter, Dominique. Visitation will be held on Sunday, January 27, 2013, from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m., with a Rosary at 6:00 p.m., at Greenlawn Southwest Memorial Chapel, 2739 Panama Lane. A funeral service will be held on Monday, January 28, 2013, at 10:00 a.m. at St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church, 900 H Street. Interment will immediately follow at Greenlawn Southwest, concluding with a reception at St. Francis Church Hall. In lieu of flowers, the family will send donations for cancer research. For condolences please visit Greenlawn Southwest Mortuary

Published in Bakersfield Californian on Jan. 25, 2013