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February 27, 1934 ~ December 2, 2023 (age 89) 89 Years Old
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Joy was born on Feb. 27, 1934 in San Bernardino, California to
Abel and Coy Lee Pierson. Joy had a younger brother named
Dexter. She grew up the daughter of two Baptist missionaries
and had a childhood full of adventures as her parents did the
Lords work. As a child she lived in Chihuahua and Torreón,
Mexico, El Paso, Texas and graduated high school in Dallas,
She attended Hardin Simmons University where she met her life
long partner and husband, Donnie Campbell. She and Donnie
were married on January 29, 1955. As a coach’s wife she lived
in Raton, New Mexico and then Stephenville, Texas.
Stephenville is where she lived and raised their family for over
60 years. They had three children Casey, Terie, and Chad.
For those 60 plus years, Joy had several roles running the
Campbell House. She was the spiritual guide, making sure all
the kids attended church every Sunday and had a song in their
heart. She ruled the house with a calm, loving hand which was
important with three competitive children and an even more
competitive husband. Without her, there would have never been
a game of Flinch, 42 or 84, dominoes, spades, Yahtzee or
Wahoo that didn’t end in an argument, but due to Joy they
always ended in laughter. She was an amazing cook that had a
recipe book that was 5 inches thick, but no one ever saw her
open it. Joy was a perfectionist and it served her well when she
later had a successful career as a draftsperson for an Oil
Company and then for the Texas A&M System. She would tell
you that she dabbled in painting, but that was far from the truth.
Joy was a remarkable artist and skilled with many mediums
from Watercolors, Pastels, Pencil, and Oils. Although she
finished hundreds of paintings, she had just as many if not more
that didn’t make the “Joy Cut”. These paintings were finished
and they were wonderful, but something would catch her eye to
make it less than perfect.
If you ever went to Joy’s house you would almost feel like you
were in a botanical garden. She loved her plants and working in
the yard. There was never a season that a flower wasn’t in
bloom. Her artistic ability was on full display during every
holiday, especially the Christmas season. During that time
there would be multiple trees in the house, and every flat
surface available with a display. She hand-made most of her
decorations as she didn’t believe in store bought ornaments. If
they were store bought you better believe that Joy would redo
or change it to put her personal touch on it prior to putting it out
for anyone to see. Joy’s muse for beauty, peace, and grace was
a Cardinal. She loved all birds (except chickens and Blue Jays)
and would spend hours watching and listening to them play in
her flower garden. Things were always at their best when a
Cardinal was present. Nobody knows for sure when it became
so, but Joy rarely left the house without something purple on.
Purple was “her” color, maybe because of Hardin Simmons or
all of those years at Tarleton, or maybe it is just a personal
preference, so Joy and purple were always together; she owned
Her full name was Ethel Joy, besides the fact she didn’t care for
the name Ethel, she and anyone who spent time with her knew
Joy was not only her name but an emotion you had when she
was around you. Her smile and joyful disposition was
infectious. If her smile didn’t get you, her quick wit would
certainly catch you by surprise. Let’s face it, married to Donnie
and with her Casey, Terie, and Chad, she had plenty of
ammunition to use that wit.
Joy loved her grandchildren Courtney, Caitlin, Carly, and
Cooper in which she was always available to them offering a
helping hand. This may be a home cooked meal, a game,
some advice, or just a place to go for a little extra love,
Grandmother Joy made herself available.
Survivors include her devoted children, Terie Campbell of
Southlake, Texas; and Chad Lee Campbell and wife, Paige, of
China Grove, North Carolina; granddaughters Courtney and
husband, Chris Coffman of Abilene,Texas; Caitlin and husband
Lanning Hansen of Denver, Colorado; Carly Campbell of New
York, New York; and Cooper Lee Campbell of China Grove,
North Carolina; as well as numerous cousins. She was
preceded in death by her parents, Able and Coy Lee Pierson;
brother, Dexter; husband, Donnie Campbell; son, Casey
Campbell and his wife, Susan Campbell.
Memorials may be made in Joy Campbell’s name
at the Dementia Society of America at