Cecilia Ann Campbell

Jan 6, 1938 - Oct 17, 2019


This is my Story
Cecilia Ann Campbell

I, Cecilia Ann was born on January 6, 1938, the last of ten children born to John Batiste and Zertha Mary Simien. My birth took place in a three-room house on Schwarner Street in Beaumont, Texas. Ma-Ma said her babies were all “love babies” and I was no exception. I was loved and doted on by my entire family, who have all proceeded me in death. There was Veronica, my oldest sister and Earl, my oldest brother, John, Jimmy, Joseph, Eugene, Antoinette, Bernadette, and Charles. I was three months old when my father passed.

When I was three years old, my family packed up and moved to San Francisco, California. A flat at 1828 Bush Street was home for a while. My brother, Charles, and I were so excited to be in a California home and we had never seen an indoor bathroom before! When I was of age, I attended a nearby Catholic school, Morning Star Elementary, until the family relocated and purchased our very first home in California. I spent the remainder of my childhood in our home at 69 Majestic Ave, in San Francisco’s Lakeview District.

In 1947, Ma-Ma married the only man I knew as “daddy,” Batiste Jolivet. It was okay by me, because after all, I loved Mr. Jolivet until Ma-Ma explained that I was to sleep in my own bed from then on. Being the spoiled little “momma’s girl” that I was, I had a real problem with that. Nevertheless, I got over it.

I later attended San Miguel Elementary School and then James Denman Jr. High School. While at Denman, I was a part of the school orchestra. I was an avid student and loved music and singing. I took piano lessons and became a pretty good pianist. I went on to attend and graduate from Presentation Catholic High School for Girls.

During my teenage years, I was being eyed and sweet talked by the most handsome, coolest and popular boy in the neighborhood. He was my brother, Charles’, best friend. James Campbell was his name. He was also known as “Papa Cool” and “Daddy Love.” Yes, he was something else (and still is). I was smitten! We dated during my junior high and high school years. We attended parties, balls and proms. I was chosen as a debutante candidate and was presented to society. James escorted me to the ball. Falling in love was inevitable and we married on October 6, 1957. To this union, five children were born, one son and four daughters.

My neighbor and friend, Roberta Harris, invited me to her church, Faith Temple Church of God in Christ, under the leadership of Superintendent F.W. Cotton. I knew from the moment I walked in, this was the place for me. Mary Ann whispered to Marie, “Girl, Lena Horne just walked in the building.” Truly, my life changed from that day forward. Wonderful friendships were formed, and I gained additional sisters. We were all thick as thieves. You know the title “This is Us?” Well, “That Was Us.” I served as director and president of the Adult Choir, president of the Young Women’s Christian Council and became a licensed missionary in the Grand Ole Church of God in Christ.

I worked and retired from Kaiser Permanente in 1999, after which, James and I moved from San Francisco to Elk Grove to begin a new chapter. We attended Showers of Blessings Church of God in Christ, under the leadership of Dr. Darnell Thomas. I continued my work in the ministry and served on the Mothers’ Board.

I’ve always endeavored to put God first and allowed Him to order my steps through my life’s journey. I served Him diligently from a young child until the very end. I loved Him with all of heart and I am now rejoicing in His presence.

I leave to continue my legacy, my darling husband of 63 years, James Campbell Sr.; my first born, James Campbell Jr.; my lovely daughters: Angela Campbell, Venetia Britton, Yvette Buggs, Stacey Skipper and my bonus daughter, Jaceta Hailey-Harris; my daughter in law, June Campbell; my sons in law: Donald Britton, Chad Buggs and Sean Skipper; my grandchildren: Rochelle, Derrick II, James Blake Sr., Shantill, Victoria, Carmen, Jordan, Ashlee, Spenser, Chad II, Drew, Dominic, Lauryn, Taylor and Sydney; my great grandchildren: James Blake Jr., Mykeel, Andre, Amari, Tre, Simien, Cecilia (CeCe), Ava, Zoey, Khloe and William IV; my niece and sister, Mary Piper; my sisters-in-law: Octavia Ruben-Simien, Doreen Semien, Geraldine Campbell, Joyce Godfrey and brother-in-law, Joseph Godfrey; and a host of nieces, nephews and friends.


  • Deidre Thompson says:

    When I first met Mother Campbell, it was at church. She said I’m Yvette’s mother. I smiled, she smiled and she ALWAYS had something sweet to say. I will miss her smile and her sweet, gentle spirit. Rest easy Mother, til I see you again.

    • Georgetta McAlpine says:

      I thank God for allowing me the precious time and memories that I spent with Mother Campbell a woman full of grace humbleness and a kind spirit always smiling enable to give wonderful wisdom and words of encouragement she will be missed dearly and I know that she is sitting next to the father in heaven with that beautiful smile on her face. Love you always missionary Georgetta Jemison McAlpine

    • Georgetta McAlpine says:

      I thank God for allowing me the precious time and memories that I spent with Mother Campbell. A woman full of grace, humbleness and a kind spirit.
      Always smiling and able to give wonderful wisdom and words of encouragement.
      She will be missed dearly and I know that she is sitting next to the father in heaven with that beautiful smile on her face. Love you always missionary Georgetta Jemison McAlpine

  • Cavisha Williams says:

    Mother Campbell had such a kind, sweet spirit and a beautiful smile. She will be missed. Earth’s loss is Heaven’s gain ❤❤❤

  • Jeanine Anderson says:

    My Sincere condolences to you all. I remember all the beautiful times we shared together your family and mine. You are in my prayers. Love You All!❤️❤️❤️❤️

  • Yolanda Nash says:

    I met Mother Campbell as a teenager at Faith Temple in San Francisco, when Dad Cotton was Pastor me along with my sisters and other young people came from Richmond to sing at various musical events, many years later she relocated to Sacramento Area where I had also relocated and united with Showers of Blessings COGIC. Just as she was in SF, beautiful, elegant style and sweet spirit. She will be greatly missed from our presence. My thoughts and prayers for Dad Campbell and the entire Family Yolanda Nash

  • Valerie Carpenter says:

    So sorry to hear of Mrs. Campbell’s passing. Our family’s were neighbors on Lee Street in SF for many years and I had the pleasure of hanging out and playing at the Campbells home for years upon years. She was a strong, sassy and classy lady and oh so beautiful! I know how much she was loved and cherished and I know she will be missed just as much. Love, Peace and Blessing from the Baxter and Carpenter family.

  • Karen Clavelle says:

    Mother Campbell was incredibly Beautiful, loving and sweet. I had the privilege of seeing her in the nail salon just recently. Mother kept smiling and talking to me. I’m grateful I had the privilege of meeting such a beautiful angel🌺🌺😥🙏🏾💜💜💜

  • Cookie says:

    I will always remember Mo. Campbell and the sweet spirit that she always had. I remember when she was diagnosed that she wanted to talk to me about it, I felt so special that she thought enough of me to want to share. I’ll miss and love her dearly ❤️ Love, Cookie

  • Evonne Lawson says:

    Mother Campbell was very sweet…. I can recall one Sunday after 11am service I had prepared a potato bar dinner for the Mother’s Board to include a gift basket give away. Mother won the Red Basket and she let me know that the gift basket was so beautiful that she refused to unwrap it. Miss and love you Mother Campbell

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