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CAMPBELL, Vallona Mae 'Mazy' Passed peacefully into the Lords presence on September 16, 2010, at the age of 90. She was born in Rock Falls, Illinois on January 13, 1920, to Archie and Addie Mae Ramsey. After completing high school in 1938, she graduated from Eastern State Teachers College in Charleston, Illinois in 1941. She taught in a rural one room schoolhouse until the United States entered World War II. In 1942, she went to work in the Post Exchange at Chanute Field in Rantoul, Illinois where she met her future husband, Robert C. Campbell. While he was serving overseas, Mazy worked as a riveter in Chicago, Illinois. Upon his return in 1945, they were married and lived in St. Louis, Mo., until relocating to Lancaster in 1958. Mazy returned to her real career love in 1963, when she began substitute teaching. She enrolled in Cal State Northridge to work toward her lifetime teaching credential which she earned in 1972. For 22 years she worked as a home teacher in the Lancaster Elementary School District, retiring in 1989. As a longtime Lancaster resident and noted community volunteer, Mazy unselfishly devoted her time and talents to the Lancaster United Methodist Church, Joshua Tree Girl Scout Council, Parent Teacher Association, and Visiting Nurses Association Hospice Program. She was also involved in Lancaster Womens Club, League of Women Voters, and McDonnell Wives Club. She is survived by daughters, Sharon Estrada of Placentia, Calif., and Marsha (Vince) Sipkovich of Huntington Beach, Calif., granddaughters Tammy Baer and Susan (Brad) Holstrom of Corona, Calif., Lori Sipkovich ofLincoln, Calif., Julie (Anthony) Pham of Huntington Beach, Calif., grandson Brian Sipkovich of Los Angeles, Calif., great-grandchildren Tamara, Kareen, and T. J. Holstrom and Amelia Pham. She is also survived by her brother Wilson Ramsey of Pearl, Ilinois and numerous nieces and nephews. She is predeceased by her parents, her husband and her sister Rosalia Steenbergen. For those who were fortunate to have known Mazy, all are forever grateful for her kind heart, generosity and limitless love. She truly loved her family and many friends and was always doing for others before herself. We will all miss her dearly. Her legacy will live on through those of us to whom she gave friendship and love. Visitation will be held from 4 to 8 p.m., Tuesday, Sept. 21, 2010, at Joshua Memorial Park & Mortuary in Lancaster. Services will be held at 11 a.m., Wednesday, Sept. 22, 2010, at Lancaster United Methodist Church , 918 W. Avenue J. Donations in her memory can be made to a charity of choice for which Mazy worked as a volunteer.

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