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Patricia Joy Purvis Campbell


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Patricia Joy Purvis Campbell Obituary
Patricia Joy Purvis Campbell age 97, left us on June 24, 2016 in Galt, CA surrounded by her children, after a long and beautiful life. Born on March 17, 1919 in Spokane Washington to Ellen Mary Joy and James Patrick Purvis, she was the fifth of six children who have preceded her in death; John (Margaret) Purvis, Helen Purvis, Margaret (Melvin) Munsen, Catherine (George) Melton, and twin brother James Purvis Jr.
Patricia spent most of her youth in and around Spokane growing up on a wheat farm, graduating from Four Lakes Washington in a class of 5 in 1936. She had a talent for music and was able to play multiple instruments including the trumpet, piano, and drums, and had a beautiful singing voice. After high school she was part of an all-girl band that played frequently in the Spokane area.
Patricia enlisted in the Women's Army Corp in Nov 1942 and was sent to Kelly Field in San Antonio Texas. She was the first female radio operator to speak to the incoming pilots at Kelly Field. In 1943 she was transferred to White Horse Canada as a Staff Sergeant. Following the end of the war she was Honorably Discharged in Dec 1945.
She returned to the Army Air Corp as a civilian clerk and was stationed in Cheyenne, Wyoming, where one day in March 1949 a young sergeant came through the office briefly stopped at her desk to say hi and preceded to the Majors office, where he promptly asked if she was married and if the Major would introduce them. This sergeant, Jackson Richard Campbell, became her husband for the next fifty years on February 3, 1950. Immediately following the wedding they were transferred to Fairchild Air Base in Spokane Washington. This was the first of many homes that Patricia made for her husband and future children.
Jackson was deployed to the Korean War and Patricia stayed home in Spokane awaiting the birth of their first child, luckily he returned in time to be there for the birth of their son. After a second son was born on the way to Ohio they were transferred to the Panama Canal Zone where a third child, and their first daughter was born. After a few more moves and 3 more children born in Colorado and California the family moved to first Michigan then Washington before settling for the next 15 years in the Oakdale, California area.
Patricia and Jackson moved to Florence Oregon in 1984 after traveling around the country, where she was active at St. Mary's of the Dunes Catholic Church and as a volunteer "Pink Lady" at Peace Harbor Hospital over the next 20 years. Patricia made the trip of her life to Ireland, visiting cousins, seeing her mother's home and traveling throughout Ireland. In 2004 she moved to Galt, Ca to be close to her two daughters.
She was preceded in death by her husband Jackson, as well as her parents and siblings. Patricia is survived by her children; John (Jeanette) of Santiago Chile; Jackson Richard (Pam) of Elk Grove, CA; Ellen (Randy) Shelton of Galt, CA; Tim (Peggy) of Monument, CO; Tom (Diane) of Junction City, OR; and Patricia of Galt, CA. Daughter-in-law Rosanne of Folsom, CA. She was greatly loved by her 13 grandchildren; Kristen (Alex) Marjanovic of Oceanside, CA; Kelly of Pacifica, CA; Sara Joy of Santiago Chile; Jennifer and Christopher of Elk Grove, CA; Amy (Justin) Grove of Menifee, CA; Matthew, Daniel, and Thomas Shelton of Galt, CA; Elizabeth Joy and Ryan of Monument, CO; Marissa (Naoki) Campbell Yoneyama and Mary of Portland, OR; and 3 great grandchildren; Rose of Oceanside, CA; Ethan and Cameron Grove of Menifee, CA.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m. July 5 at St. Joseph's Church, Clarksburg, CA. Recitation of the Holy Rosary at 10:00 July 5 at the church. Father Robert Copsey will be officiating.
Donations may be made to the Catholic Relief Services or sponsor a child from Unbound.org two of her favorite charities.
Ben Salas Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements.
Though Christ our Lord, Amen
Published in Lodi News-Sentinel from July 1 to July 7, 2016
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