Viola M. Campbell
COLUMBIA — Viola M. Campbell of Columbia died Thursday, June 16, 2011. She was 97.
She led a life of service in the church and the community.
During World War II, Mrs. Campbell joined the Army Nurse Corps and served in the Pacific Theater of war, accompanying wounded servicemen back to the continental U.S.
After moving to Columbia in 1968, Mrs. Campbell joined the MU Student Health Center staff as a registered nurse. She enjoyed working with students and felt that it kept her young.
Volunteer work was a large part of Mrs. Campbell's life, as she spent long hours working at the food bank and ringing bells for the Salvation Army during the Christmas season.
She was also an active member of Altrusa, a service organization of professional women. She also enjoyed traveling with friends.
Mrs. Campbell is survived by two daughters, Suzanne Pitts and her husband, Curt, of Michigan, and Jane Cott and her husband, Ron, of Columbia; four grandchildren, who knew her as Tutu, Aaron Cott and Sara Waller, both of Kansas City, Stephanie Imeson of Wisconsin, Jennifer King of St. Petersburg, Russia; and six great-grandchildren, Addison, Connor, Ryann, Jacob, Caiden and Campbell.
Her husband, Col. Jim A. Campbell; two brothers, Ernest and Milton Mayer; and a granddaughter, Kristin Pitts, died earlier.
Mrs. Campbell will be buried with full military honors in Arlington National Cemetery, alongside her husband.
The date of services is pending.
Memorial contributions can be made to Columbia Manor Care Center, 2012 Nifong Blvd., Columbia, MO 65201.
Tributes can be posted at memorialfuneralhomeandcemetery.com.