Jeane didn't want an obituary. But, we, her family that loved her and hated to say goodbye, wanted to honor her; the courage, generosity, sacrifice and dignity that she brought to her life and continued to demonstrate as she faced her death.
Jeane Rae Brown, born October 30,1939, the darling red-headed daughter of Opal Mae (Mann) and Vernie Brown of Sapulpa, Oklahoma. Jeane had many good friends from childhood and maintained those friendships for her entire life.
She met David Bruce Campbell on a blind date while attending Oklahoma State University. She was a Pi Phi, Bruce a Sigma Nu.They married two years later. This small town Oklahoma girl quickly found herself learning what it meant to be an Army officer's wife, moving frequently in the U.S and abroad. She was tasked with "holding down the fort" through her husband's deployments, often raising her daughters, Susan Campbell Glasgow and Debra Campbell, by herself, most notably while Bruce served in Vietnam. Jeane embraced the military life. In her last days, she reminded us how she loved every moment of it.
Maybe she acquired her inner strength from the military life, or maybe she developed it as an only child. However it began, she maintained it through her life, living out her last days with determination and dignity.
Nothing made Jeane happier than helping someone else. She loved to buy things for people, helping out those that needed a little extra support. She made sure her daughters had everything they could ever want growing up. She supported and encouraged them in whatever they wanted to do. She was an avid "swim team mother", traveling with other parents of swimmers on the Zama Swim Team in Japan, where she would help officiate during her daughters' swim meets.
In addition to being a mother and military wife, Jeane worked as a legal secretary along with many volunteer jobs she held at the numerous duty stations where Bruce was assigned.
She died peacefully at her daughter Susan's home in Enid, OK on May 10, 2017 with her daughters and their spouses at her side. Only recently diagnosed with metastatic lung cancer, she did not suffer. During her last days, she continued to teach us about dignity, courage, graciousness and surrender. You will be missed Jeane, Mom, Grandma. Safe passage and thank you for all you've done for us.
Published on July 14, 2017