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February 27, 1942 ~ July 21, 2023 (age 81) 81 Years Old
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Gwendolyn Vilma (Cooper) Campbell was born on February 27, 1942, to Elias & Estella Cooper in Tyler, Texas. She was the third of ten children: Five boys and Five girls. The Cooper Family moved to Omaha, Nebraska when she turned two years old. She attended Long Elementary and Tech Junior High and High School. She was active in her church: New Bethel COGIC, where her father was founder and Pastor. In the church she developed her love of writing poems. She was active in the church and developed a love for working with young people. She was also a pianist, choir member and member of the Purity Class.
She married James Sylvester Campbell, a member of the United States Air Force; and to this union were born four daughters. Gwendolyn accepted Christ in 1975 and had an anointing to work with youth. She relocated to Lincoln, Nebraska where she was active in the Angelic Temple COGIC under the leadership of Myles an Martha Davis as the Youth Department Leader; directing and writing original plays and spoken words performed all across the country. She relocated to Texas in 1999 and joined the Faith Memorial COGIC, under the leadership of Elder Larry, Sr, and Lady Rosetta. She worked faithfully as church mother, counselor and advisor. She later joined KWAR Church (formerly Faith Memorial COGIC) under the leadership of Bishop Omar and Anita Jahwar, where she was a faithful church mother and was instrumental in the Prison Ministry and Youth Department. Mother Campbell believed in the Power of Prayer and was involved in God’s RODS (Reclaiming Our Destiny Sisters) and Women’s Ministry.
Her belief in the Power of Prayer was evident in her “Blessed Text” Ministry and 6am prayer with her family. She continued her love of writing and published books: “Holiday Island”, “Mother’s Notes” and “Mother Gwen in the Lion’s Den”.
On July 21, 2023, Mama Gwen transitioned to eternity. She is preceded in death by parents Elias and Estella Cooper, brothers Reginald and Elias June and sister Estella Geraldine Moore. She is survived by her children: Deborah Campbell, Diana Campbell, Donetta Nance (Troy), Denise Campbell, sons Terry Marsaw and Willie Fleming, Jr; and grandson: Darren Campbell (Lexus); many other adopted children, grand-children, great-grandchildren; brothers, sisters, nephews, nieces and a host of family and friends who loved her very much.