Viberta Marie (Bates) Campbell

May 3, 2013

Viberta Marie (Bates) Campbell 90, of Frankfort, IN, died at 11:40 a.m. May 3, 2013 at Clinton House Health and Rehabilitation Center. Born September 23, 1922 in Lebanon, IN to Russel & Jeannette (Neese) Bates. Her marriage was to Lemuel Campbell and he preceded her in death May 15, 2002. Mrs. Campbell attended school in Lebanon. In 1961 she moved to Garden Grove, CA from Frankfort and moved back to Frankfort in 1973. She had also lived in Washington D.C. A homemaker, she also worked as a hostess at several restaurants and worked in upscale dress shops while in California and Washington D.C.

Visitation and Services

Services will be 4 p.m. Thursday, May 9, 2013 at Goodwin Funeral Home. Steve Burkhalter will officiate. Visitation will be 2-4 p.m. prior to the service at the funeral home. Entombment will be in Green Lawn Mausoleum. Memorial donations may be made to the Clinton County Cancer Fund or the American Heart Association.

Survived by:

1 Daughter: Carolyn (Pudge) Kelly of Frankfort, 1 Son: Gary L. (Lynn) Kaser of Orange, CA, 1 Sister: Sandra Bates of Greenwood, IN, 2 Grandsons: Mark (Sarah) Kelly of Canal Winchester, OH, William Brent Kaser of Garden Grove, CA, 7 Great Grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

Preceded by:

She was preceded in death by 3 brothers and 2 sisters.


2 Condolences for “Viberta Marie (Bates) Campbell”

  1. Kristin and Nic Guehlstorf May 9, 2013 at 3:44 am

    Carolyn and Pudge & family;

    We are so sorry for your loss. Grammie Marie (as we called her) was a special woman. She was beautiful inside and out and had such a quick wit. But most of all, she cared for and loved our children the way we did – endlessly and unconditionally. She was a great nanny and felt like a member of our family even though she had her own big family and was very proud of them. Thank you for sending us the information about her passing, Carolyn. You are so thoughtful – like mother, like daughter. We just received it tonight and will not be able to be there tomorrow to express our condolences in person. Please accept our long distance sympathies. Thank you also for sharing her with us and never minding when we claimed her as our “Grammy” too.
    Kristin, Nic & kids

  2. Donna Layton May 9, 2013 at 3:28 pm

    Kevin, Carolyn & families: Sorry to hear about Vi, she was the most gracious, loving, witty and the most beautiful friend I’ve ever had. I am so sorry for your loss of such a beautiful mother and she could out dress anyone on any day…God needed a beautiful Angel and Vi was the one, how proud you children must have been. Remembering the first time we went to dinner I went as Donna [my dressing] and Vi was the movie star…..I said “Vi, sorry I didn’t know you was dressing up” and of course she caught every eye at Steak and Shake. H.E Smith [an old friend of ours and related to her] took us to Applebees [again she stole the show]. Vi and I shared many good evenings together [whether it be her showing all her pictures of her family]. Proud she was also! Or we had strawberries and cake and just talked of all her happy life. With all that said with LOVE, I will miss her so very much. When she moved to Frankfort I couldn’t find her apt. again [visited her once with H.E Smith] have to say also he thought a lot of her and talked of how classy and beautiful she was. That does mean inside and out. God bless her and hold her in your arms on her journey. She is one “SPECIAL ANGEL” loved by many people [including me]. God Bless each of you also. Prayers, Donna Layton

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