March 7, 1926 - January 17, 2014 Resided in Hartford, CT
Elvera "Vera" Joyce (Lyons) Campbell, 87, of Hartford, beloved wife to the late Charles Campbell, entered eternal rest on Friday, January 17, 2014 at St. Francis Hospital while surrounded by her loving family. Born on March 7, 1926 in Cedar Grove, Mandeville, Manchester, Jamaica, W.I., Vera was one of the seven children in her family. She is preceded in death by both of her beloved parents, Richard Lyons and Ruth Miller as well as four siblings, Beryl Bailey, Leslie Lyons, Eunice Plummer, and Dudley Lyons. Growing up in Jamaica, Vera attended Albion School and became a pleasant and positive young woman. In 1982, she came to the United States on her own in search of greater opportunities for her family and made it her goal to one day unite her entire family. Vera worked as a housekeeper and nanny for many years in the Hartford area before retiring. She instilled within her family a strong work ethic and the determination to overcome any obstacle with grace and dignity. Vera was a gentle yet effective leader, positive role model, and the true matriarch of her family. Those left to treasure her memories include her nine children, Peter Campbell and his wife Cleo of North Carolina, Carletta Jenkins and her husband Robert of Hartford, Delroy Campbell and his wife Marjorie of Hartford, Howard Campbell and his wife Lorraine of Hartford, Karlene Campbell-Fearron of England, Richard Campbell of Hartford, Andrew Campbell of Bloomfield, Paula Campbell of Hartford, and Paul Campbell of Hartford; a brother, Llewellyn Lyons of Jamaica; a sister, Linda Murray of Hartford; 4 sister-in-laws, 1 brother-in-law, 22 grandchildren, four great-grandchildren, as well as a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends. Her funeral will be held at 10:30 a.m., Saturday (January 25, 2014) at Family Worship Center, 650 Blue Hills Ave. in Hartford with burial immediately following in Mount St. Benedict Cemetery, Bloomfield. A wake will be held at the church on Saturday from 9-10:15 a.m. prior to the service.