Frances Marie Manning Campbell, 91, of Chumuckla, Florida passed away after an extended illness on August 15, 2013.
Frances was born on December 18, 1921, in Gulfport , Mississippi to Guy and Kittie Manning. Her family moved to Pensacola, Florida in 1922. She graduated from Pensacola High School and went to work for Fisher Brown Insurance Company. She met Lamar Campbell in 1947, writing “I fell in love with him on the first date I had with him.” They were married March 7, 1948 and remained married for 58 years until his death in 2006. She cared for him at home through his journey with Alzheimer’s disease.
She loved getting together with her sisters, Elaine Horton, Evelyn Myers, Cleo Broxton and brother, Haywood Manning, all who preceded her in death. Frances and Elaine took tap and ballroom dance lessons. They tapped together in performances until they were in their 20’s. Frances enjoyed growing flowers and bowling in a league. She was clogging in her 70’s. Frances loved going for afternoon rides.
Frances kept things running smoothly at home while Lamar was stationed on various ships as he served in the Navy. They lived in California , Japan , Georgia , Tennessee , Virginia , South Carolina and Florida . They moved to Chumuckla in 1960. Frances attended Pensacola Junior College Beauty School. She opened Fran’s Beauty Salon in her home in 1962 and had a successful business for almost 20 years.
She attended Chumuckla Methodist Church (which is now Chumuckla Community Church) for 52 years. She and Loveda Reynolds, her good friend, taught Methodist Youth Fellowship together. Frances taught Sunday school, Vacation Bible School, prepared many meals for church gatherings and did whatever needed to be done. Annie Lord and Winona Griswold have been faithful to visit her each Monday, send cards, and bring pound cake and vegetables during her illness.
Frances is survived and much loved by her daughters and sons-in-law, Faye and Dave Westfall, Gainesville, GA, and Kittye and Winston Norris, Pace,FL; grandchildren, Kristen (Spencer) Westfall of New Orleans, LA, Kimberly (Kevin) Enns of Cumming, GA, Kate (Charles)Westfall, NYC, NY; Kyle (Brandy)Norris of Munson, FL, and Kurt Norris of Pace, FL; great grandchildren, Olivia and Grayson Enns; nieces and nephews, Jim and Lynne Campbell, Victor and Karen Campbell, Wanda and John Roberts, Roger and Vicky Matthews and Martha and Robert Trigg, Brenda and Matt Elias, Sandy and Timothy Smith, Barbara Callicotte, Kirby and Sandra Manning, Woody Manning and Bobby and Jewette Broxton.
The family is grateful to the staff of Covenant Hospice, especially, Cathy Paxton, who tirelessly cared for Frances.
Visitation will take place at Chumuckla Community Church at 2 p.m. on August 17, followed by funeral services at 3 p.m. with Reverend Becky Brannon, a longtime family friend, giving the eulogy. After burial in the Elizabeth Chapel Community Cemetery, a meal for family and friends will follow in the Chumuckla Community Church Fellowship Hall.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Chumuckla Community Church Young at Heart Seniors group or Chumuckla Community Church Scholarship Fund in the name of Frances and Lamar Campbell, 8008 Chumuckla Highway, Pace, FL 32571 or Covenant Hospice Milton, c/o Sharon Oaks, 6479 Caroline St., Milton , FL 32570