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“When my fight on earth became unbearable, it was then my God stretched out His arms and carried me Home”
Emma LaCue Campbell was born on February 9, 1941 in Statesboro, GA to the late Mr. & Mrs. Eria “Brooks” LaCue, Sr. To family she was affectionately known as “Em”, Aunt Em, Sis, My Sister and Manda to her grandchildren. All who knew Emma would agree she was a loving and devoted mother as her daughters and grandchildren were her pride and joy. She was 79 when she was called home on Saturday, March 28, 2020 after a long battle with Alzheimer’s.
She grew up the second oldest child and first girl in a family with five siblings; four brothers and one sister. Emma attended William James High School where she was a member of the Dramatics Club, Commercial Education Club & 4-H Club. She was a huge proponent of education and always loved school and encouraged her children and “other daughters” to achieve her goal of a college education. After graduating with the Class of ’59 she pursued another dream to move to New Jersey and start her family.
Emma dedicated more than 30 years as an employee of the federal government. She worked as a Dental Assistant at the VA hospital in St. Albans, NY and then transitioned to U.S. Customs at JFK Airport where she eventually retired in 2001. An avid bowler, Emma never missed a Friday night bowling league session. Any event taking place on a Friday was sure to be rescheduled for any other day of the week. Her love for bowling allowed her to enter and win many tournaments and travel extensively throughout the United States. Even with Alzheimer’s a challenge to a friendly game of bowling was sure to bring out her competitive side. Emma also loved sewing, traveling and spending time with her family and friends. Often she would say, “I lived a good life”. (Yes, Mom you did!). We would remind her of the many places the little brown-skinned girl from Georgia got to see and explore: Mexico, Africa, Germany, Holland, Alaska, Singapore, Hong Kong, Hawaii, The Bahamas, Canada and many states here in the USA. She was sure to make friends wherever she would go; she adopted many “daughters” along the way. Emma was always sure to share her advice and life lessons that have stayed with many of us to this day.
She loved the Lord and would always give Him honor and glory for the many blessings she was given in her lifetime. She was a devoted friend to many and her favorite saying was “If I can help somebody as I travel down this road…..”. As an extension of her commitment to the body of Christ and community she proudly served on Ladies Usher Board #1 at The Greater Allen Cathedral in Jamaica, NY. It was there where she continued to grow in her relationship with the Lord and her extended family in Christ. In 2006, Emma returned to her home state of Georgia and quickly found her new church home at Fourth Street Baptist Church, in Columbus, GA. There she also served on the Ladies Usher Board and volunteered as an usher at the local theater. It gave her great pleasure and joy to be around other people and she was always willing to lend a helping hand.
Emma is preceded in death by: her father Eria “Brooks” LaCue, her mother Rosa Davis LaCue, her step-mother, Ida Ruth LaCue, her brothers Moses LaCue, and Ernest LaCue and her ex-husband Hercules Campbell.
Surviving members of her family include: her daughters, Annette Marks (Allen) of Midwest City, OK, Karen Campbell of Columbus, GA, and Cynthia Joy Campbell Brown (Darren) of Philadelphia, PA. Her sister Anne Palmer of Savannah, GA, and her brothers Frank LaCue (Melba) of Macon, GA, and Eria LaCue, Jr. (Barbara) of Jersey City, NJ. Her well-loved grandchildren are Alexa Burris, Damani Brown, Janae Brown, Danelle Brown, Tahira Traylor, Allen R. Marks, Jr., and Elizabeth Marks. Emma is also survived by four great-grandchildren; several nieces, nephews and cousins along with several brothers and sisters in law.
Emma never met a stranger and is most likely in heaven saying, “I’m Emma Campbell and you are?”
The Campbell family is being assisted by Georgia Cremation, 7500 Veterans Parkway, Suite A, Columbus, GA 31909, 706-577-0055. The family invites you to leave a condolence or share a fond memory of Ms. Campbell below.