Carolyn M. Campbell, 62, began her eternal life on Wednesday, Nov. 7, 2018, with her family by her side.
Carolyn was born on Nov. 1, 1956, in Alliance, to Dolores (Price) Paist. She graduated from Hemingford High School in 1974. She then relocated to the place she always called “home,” Washington D.C., to work. She then moved back to Nebraska, where she gave birth to a bouncing baby girl, Kristle in 1979. After relocating to Topeka, Kan., she welcomed home a sweet baby boy, Curtis James. She then followed her family back home to Nebraska, where she worked hard every day to raise and support her children.
Once her children were old enough, Carolyn made the brave decision to return to school to become a teacher. She attended Western Nebraska Community College receiving her Associates of Science Degree and then Chadron State College, where she earned her Bachelor of Science with a field endorsement in Business Education in 1997. She began teaching in Otis, Colo., then North Platte, and finally in Bayard, where she continued to teach until her health would not allow. While teaching in Bayard, she also furthered her educating by graduating in 2014 with her Master’s Degree in Curriculum and Instruction from Concordia University of Nebraska. After retiring from teaching, Carolyn moved to Lincoln, to live the last years of her life.
Carolyn’s passions in life were teaching, coaching and helping others. During her years teaching she also coached One Act and Cheerleading, was a class sponsor, sponsored Prom, among many other school activities. She included her students and their families as her own.
There were many holidays and football Saturdays that were spent at Carolyn’s house, where she cooked for her children, grandchildren, and adopted family.
Carolyn was also known very well for her cooking. She enjoyed catering for her family/friend’s events. If a person ever left Carolyn’s house hungry, “it was their own fault,” she’d say. She enjoyed teaching her daughter, granddaughters, niece, and other women how to cook her favorite recipes. Her family will remember her for keeping an extremely clean house, doing things “her way,” having an amazing sense of humor, loving hard, laughing harder, being a diehard Husker fan, and having a strong faith in God.
She was an active member of the Holy Trinity Episcopal Church.
Carolyn is survived by her daughter, Kristle (David) Yearta of Kearney; son Curtis (CJ) Campbell of Lincoln; grandchildren Trinity, Nathaniel, and Cordell; step-grandchildren Jessica (Brian), Whitley (Chris), Mycal, Breanna, and Catelyn; and great grandchildren Oliver, Tristan, and Brance.
She is also survived by brothers David (Barb) Curtis and family of Omaha; Alan Curtis and family of Pine Bluffs, Wyo., and Brent (Tammy) Curtis and family of Hemingford; adopted sister Connie (Larry) Leever and family of Bayard, adopted daughter Amy Quick and family of Bayard, and numerous other adopted and extended family members, including her special friend Joe, her NSEA China family, and her many students who were like her own children.
A Memorial service will be at 6 p.m., Friday, Nov. 16, at Holy Trinity Episcopal Church, 6001 'A' St, Lincoln.
Memorials may be made to the family for future designation. Condolences may be left online at Roperandsons.com.