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CAMPBELL Please Sign the Guestbook @ Jacksonville.com Robbie Evelyn Beaird Campbell, 88, died at the home of her daughter in Jacksonville, Florida on June 14, 2011. She was born August 8, 1922, the youngest of four daughters of Robert and Gertha Beaird, on a farm outside of Spearsville, Louisiana. Growing up on that farm gave her a lifelong love of animals and the land. Robbie graduated from Spearsville High School and then attended North Louisiana School of Nursing in Shreveport, receiving her RN degree in 1942. She was the Louisiana State Winner in the National 4-H Club Food Preparation Contest in 1941, and represented Louisiana at the national meeting in Chicago that year. She always kept her telegram from the President congratulating her even though it was addressed to Mr. Robbie Beaird. In 1943 she became a cadet nurse, and when WWII ended joined the staff of the Veterans Administration Hospital in Pineville, Louisiana. She met her husband, Navy veteran Jack Austin Campbell there, and they were married in 1945. In 1961 she graduated with a BS in Nursing from Northwestern State College. Robbie was on staff of the VA Hospital for 35 years and retired as Assistant Chief of Nurses in 1980. During her years of retirement at her home in Tioga, Louisiana, she loved to work in her yard and watch her beloved cardinals come to the bird feeders every day. Her favorite time of the year was Spring when her beautiful Daffodils bloomed. She is preceded in death by her parents Robert and Gertha Beaird, her husband Jack A. Campbell, and three sisters: Lovie West, Margie Ward, and Hazel Robertson. She is survived by her daughter Dr. Patricia C. Stephens of Jacksonville, Florida, nephew Dr. Kenneth West of Palestine, Texas, and nieces Hilda Gay Palko of Los Angeles, California, and Glenda Kingston of Georgetown, Texas. Robbie's legacy will be the combination of honesty and integrity she always demonstrated in her work and personal life. She was always an inspiration for her family and friends. She was a wonderful, loving mother and an excellent, dedicated nurse. She was greatly loved, and she will be missed by her loving daughter. A celebration of her life will be held in her hometown of Tioga, Louisiana at a later date, and she will always live in our memories of those who loved her. HARDAGE-GIDDENS OAKLAWN CHAPLE, 4801 San Jose Blvd. is serving the family.
Published in the Florida Times-Union on June 19, 2011
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