Elaine Wilson Campbell, age 73, died Sunday, July 18, 2021. She was born in Gladewater, Texas. She was preceded in death by her parents, Peggy Carey Wilson McGaughy and Joseph Bryan Wilson, Jr; and her grandparents, Lois and Joseph Bryan Wilson. Elaine is survived by her beloved daughter Lisa Campbell Yarbrough, and her grandson Henry Graham Yarbrough, the apple of her eye. Also surviving are her sister, Mary Margaret (Mimi) Wilson Drew; her brother, Bryan Wilson, her niece, Jessica Drew Dyer; her niece, Audrey Drew Wolfe and her husband, Joe Wolfe, and their son Dax.
She was a proud White Oak Roughneck, graduating in the Class of 1965. She also attended Kilgore College.
Well known among legal circles in Longview, Elaine began her career with Otto Ritter as a legal secretary. She also worked for Rex Nichols. Sr. for many years. She was a freelance court reporter with Tommy Sorrels before beginning her 22-year career at the Gregg County Court House. She began as Judge Larry Starr’s court reporter in the County Court at Law, and from there she moved to the 124th District Court with the Honorable Judge Alvin Khoury. After her retirement from Gregg County, she went to work for Stevens Henry Law firm as the office manager before she retired for a 2nd time in 2018.
For more than 30 years, Elaine was an active member of Trinity Episcopal Church, serving as senior warden of the Vestry, clerk of the Vestry, manager of an Altar Guild team, Rector search committee member and Confirmation class instructor. She also enjoyed serving as the church’s wedding coordinator, which afforded her the opportunity to be a part of so many special occasions. She was member of the Trinity chapter of Daughters of the King where she was an officer and trainer for new members. For exemplary service, she received the Spirit of Trinity award. In 2018, Elaine was honored in serving as a volunteer for the 2018 National Convention of the Episcopal Church in Austin, and to meet the presiding Bishop of the Episcopal Church, the Most Reverend, Michael B. Curry.
Elaine was a member of the HZ Chapter of PEO, serving as their President and in many other roles throughout her membership. She thoroughly enjoyed her sisters in this organization. Elaine was a tireless community volunteer and supporter, serving on the boards of ETCATA and Longview World of Wonders. She volunteered at Trinity School of Texas, where her grandson will be a freshman, as a PSIA instructor and for the annual faculty Christmas luncheon. She delivered Meals on Wheels, prepared and served meals at Newgate Mission, and was a generous donor to the Hiway 80 Rescue Mission. A few days before her death she delivered 30 cases of water when she learned they were running low.
We cherish the memories of the times we loved, the times we cried, the times we laughed, and we will never forget the battle she fought. The most quoted statement we’ve heard about her during the past few weeks is, “She’s one of the strongest people I have ever known.” Hers is a wonderful example of a life well lived. A celebration of Elaine’s life will be held at Trinity Episcopal Church in Longview, Texas, 11:00 a.m. on August 21, 2021. In lieu of flowers, please consider a contribution to Trinity School of Texas, Newgate Mission or Hiway 80 Rescue Mission. DELIVERY OF FLORAL TRIBUTES IS THE SOLE RESPONSIBILITY OF SENDER
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