Jo Campbell

Jo Campbell

2013 has been a year that has taken its toll on our family. Our sister, Gloria Moss’s husband, Wayne, had been in a horrible accident in August 2012, only two days after our sister Jo Campbell had the first of several surgeries for lung cancer. They seemed to be making progress and a group of family members went on a cruise in January of this year that was a lot of fun. Shortly after we returned from the trip, we found out that the condition of our sister Jo continued to deteriorate while Wayne was holding his own and was making progress in his rehabilitation.

In July, Jo lost the battle to cancer. Jo Campbell, was such an outstanding person, not only to her husband, children, grand-children and sisters, she was friend, mentor and leader among her church and the city of Mt. Pleasant. Jo’s Antiques was the place everyone went to get help with decorating, furnishing their home or to enjoy the friendship and fellowship that was found there. While we have the assurance that Jo is resting in peace, there is still a crater of a void as we still suffer our loss. Jo was the fourth of the “Seven Sisters” and we are missing out other link. We will always treasure our annual sister’s getaway weekend in May 2013 because she was able to be with us.

We had not gotten over the loss of our sister, Jo, when exactly seven weeks later, our sister, Phylis Hazel lost her husband, John Odom, to a massive heart attack. In our family, we do not consider brother-in-laws as such; they are our brothers by marriage. It seems like we just keep being hammered with the pain of suffering and loss of our most prized possession which are people we love so dearly. John always said that “things” are not important, that it is the memories that we share. This has been the year that put this statement in perspective.

Yes, it has been a tough year, but we will go into 2014 with wonderful memories of those we lost and will look forward to sharing the love of those that we still have here. Happy New Year to all of you!

-Pat Rutland

My mother passed away on July 2013. She was the owner of Jo's Antiques in Mt Pleasant for 27 years. She was diagnosed with lung cancer in July 2012 and fought that battle with the greatest dignity and strength of anyone.

She was a wonderful wife, mother, and Mimi. We have suffered a great loss as has the community of Mt. Pleasant.

The attached photo is,of my mother when Dr. Pepper restored the mural on her building in downtown Mt. Pleasant. It is considered to be one of the largest Dr. Pepper murals in America. Dr Pepper just recently added an addition to the mural dedicating to my Mom.

-Kellye Cooper