Virginia Lee Campbell (Sharp), lovingly known as “Ginny” to her family and friends and “Grandy” to her grandchildren and great-grandchildren passed away on Wednesday May 29, 2019, surrounded by members of her family. A native Duncanite, Virginia was born on December 15, 1926 at her grandparents’ home on Oak Street. Virginia relished growing up in Duncan with her parents, Raymond Robert Sharp and Ruth Sharp as well as her beloved sister, Betty Jane Sharp (later Frensley after her marriage to Don Frensley). She was close with her grandparents, R.E. “Bob” Sharp and Sudie Ann Sharp who also lived in Duncan. During her school days in Duncan, first grade to be exact, she met the boy she would someday marry, John Edward “Buddy” Campbell. They began dating when Virginia was 13 after their first date to a birthday dance on June 4, 1940 at the Duncan Elks Club. They continued to date through their time at Duncan Jr. and Sr. High where Virginia enjoyed watching Buddy excel at sports. She was elected the Jr. High Football Queen in ninth grade and was also a candidate for Football Queen her Junior and Senior years.
Virginia graduated from Duncan High School in 1944 and attended the University of Oklahoma where she was a member of the Alpha Chi Omega sorority. She graduated from OU in May of 1948 with a degree in Business Education. After returning to Duncan she worked as a secretary at Halliburton.
Virginia and Buddy married on June 25, 1948 after 8 years of courtship and Buddy’s return from serving in the Navy during WWII. They settled into their first home in Duncan which Virginia had proudly drawn the plans for when she was at OU. In their early years of marriage Buddy’s men’s store, Campbell’s of Duncan, flourished as did the growing Campbell family. Virginia supported and helped Buddy in many capacities at the store, primarily as bookkeeper, until they retired in 1993. Buddy and Virginia raised four children in Duncan, all of whom carried on the family tradition of attending OU. The family attended First United Methodist Church of Duncan. Virginia was a model mother lavishing love, delicious cooking and encouragement on her children. She also continued to be a loving and helpful daughter to her parents as well as Buddy’s parents whom she loved dearly. Last summer, Buddy and Virginia celebrated their 70th wedding anniversary, their marriage being an inspiration to all who knew them.
Virginia was a beloved grandmother to her seven grandchildren and great-grandmother to her four great-grandchildren. She loved to host family gatherings while her grand-children were growing up. The entire family fondly remembers happy gatherings at her home for Easter, Thanksgiving and Christmas where they eagerly looked forward to her famous homemade ice cream and chocolate chip cookies.
Throughout her life Virginia enjoyed reading, traveling with Buddy to sporting events, spending time with family and friends, cooking, gardening, decorating and playing bridge. She was a charter member of P.E.O.’s Chapter EE.
She was preceded in death by her parents and her sister, Betty Frensley.
Virginia is survived by her husband Buddy; children Bob Campbell and his wife Nancy, Page Gray and her husband Steve, Shelley Beall and her husband Robert and Jed Campbell and his wife Carolyn; grandchildren Melissa Bishop and her husband Michael, Allison Chandler and her husband Mark, Logan Beall and his wife Megan, Claire Campbell, Sarah Campbell, Caroline Campbell and John Campbell; great-grandchildren Felicity Chandler, Harrison Chandler, Maegan Bishop and Molly Bishop; nephew Mark Frensley, and nieces Carol Campbell, Marcia Frensley and Kris Frensley Carr.
According to Virginia’s wishes there will be a private family service. In lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation to the Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation, 825 NE 13th St. Oklahoma City, OK, 73104 or Duncan Regional Hospital Health Foundation, 1407 Whisenant Duncan, OK, 73533. Memorial arrangements were provided by Don Grantham Funeral Home.
Condolences may be left for the family at www.granthamfuneralhomes.com