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Alma Crosier Campbell of Lewisburg, WV, went to join her heavenly family Dec. 13, 2017.
Alma was born Feb. 3, 1923, in Gap Mills, WV, to Don and Rossie Wickline Crosier.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Newton W. Campbell; her sister, Jean; and her sister and brother-in-law, Gaynelle and Jerry Dahmer.
She is survived by her sister, Irma Curran; her son and daughter-in-law, Thomas W. and Susan Sharp Campbell of Lewisburg; and her daughter, Mary (Bubbles) Campbell of St. Augustine, FL. She is also survived by her sister-in-law, Wilma Campbell; nieces, Sandra Phillips, Pam Jenkinson, Jennifer Rich, Sue Gayle Ritz, Marilyn Sargent, Carol Lageese and Shirley Morris; nephews, Bedford (Skip) Campbell, Craig Walker, and Arthur Frye. The family is thankful for the caregivers who greatly enriched her life over the last several years: Myra Erskine, Debbie Blankenship, Millie Boothe, Sue Wilson and Jeanette Walker.
Alma was a 1941 graduate of Gap Mills High School and the valedictorian in the Class of 1945 at Davis and Elkins College. She also received her MA in Christian Education from the Presbyterian Assembly Training School (later Presbyterian School of Christian Education). Other than her family, her life centered around her faith and the church. She served five years as Director of Christian Education at Davis Memorial Presbyterian Church in Elkins, and three years as Director of Christian Education at First Presbyterian Church in Bristol, VA, before moving to Lewisburg where she was the Director of Christian Education at Old Stone Presbyterian Church in Lewisburg, WV from 1954 until 1961, and the Director of Children's work from 1967 until 1975. A trailblazer in many ways, Alma was the first female student body president at Davis and Elkins College, and one of the first female Deacons and Elders at Old Stone Presbyterian Church. In recognizing Alma in 2013 as Elder Emeritus, the Old Stone Presbyterian Church noted that she had been an active member of the Women of the Church including serving as moderator and was named an Honorary Life Member. She was the initiator and organizer of numerous programs of fellowship, education, and witness. She was proudest of her last program, "Lunch Bunch," that brought together single older adults for food and fellowship. The local health care community has been loving and supportive over the last several years during her declining health, enabling her to live as independently as possible.
Visitation will be Saturday, Dec. 16, from 2 to 4 p.m., in the Old Stone Presbyterian Church Educational building. Internment will be in Rosewood Cemetery at 2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 17, with A Service of Witness to the Resurrection at 3 p.m., in the Old Stone Presbyterian Church Sanctuary led by the Reverend Doctor Anna Pinkney Straight.
In lieu of flowers the family suggests donations to the Robert A. Pfrangle Scholarship at Davis and Elkins College, 100 Campus Drive, Elkins, WV 26241; to the Old Stone Presbyterian Church Pre-School, 644 Church St., Lewisburg, WV 2490l; or to the charity of your choice. Alma leaves us with the Bible verse she used more than any, I Cor 16:13: "Be alert, stand firm in the faith, be brave, be strong. Do "all" your work in love."
McCraw Funeral Home in Lewisburg, WV, is in charge of arrangements.
Published on December 14, 2017
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