ForeverMissed
This memorial website was created in memory of our loved one, Maybelle Rutland Campbell, 99 years old, born on May 14, 1921, and passed away on February 9, 2021. We will remember her forever.

In lieu of flowers, please honor Maybelle's life by donating to The Women's War Memorial at www.womensmemorial.org.  Give in honor of PFC Maybelle Rutland Campbell, Branch of Service: Army

Send all expressions of condolences to: 
Ms. Melody Campbell & Family
13419 Delaney Road
Woodbridge, VA, 22193

On Tuesday, March 9, 2021 there will be a memorial service for family and close family friends at Woodstream Church, 9800 Lottsford Road, Mitchellville, MD, 20774.  Due to COVID-19 protocol, the memorial service can be viewed via www.woodstreamchurch.org.
Posted by Basil Abdul Khabir on March 15, 2021
May Allah comfort her family during this time, ameen
Posted by Rachel Mathis on March 12, 2021
To the campbell family i am so sorry to hear of a very precious loss.mrs campbell was an amazing person and I'm sure you know this already. She had such humor and was so friendly. i know you miss her everyday and this is to be expected but you have many memories of her that will last a life time.please take comfort that jehovah god promises in Revelation 21 and verse 4 ...death will be no more.please read this and find comfort.Be well and safe......Rachel Mathis
Posted by Veronica Dean on March 9, 2021
Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted Matthew 5:4. . I’m thankful to God to have known such an amazingly awesome and beautiful woman who was affectionately called NeeNee . She fought a good fight, won the battle and is now flying high with the Angels and our Heavenly Father Loved eternally ❤️♾
Posted by Connie Reid on March 8, 2021
Natalie , my condolences go out to you and your family. I will miss your mom, as I know you will too. She was a great woman. Sorry I cannot be there but know you are in my heart and prayers.
Posted by Luke Christie on March 8, 2021
What a beautiful, wonderful lady. She welcomed me into her family like I was one of her own. Richard was my big brother in our fraternity and our friendship lasted throughout the years. Melody and Natalie have always been so sweet and gracious. A trait no doubt they got from their mother.
Posted by Ella Franks on March 7, 2021
I was a caregiver for Ms. Campbell, It has been a pleasure taken care of her. She said many days don't get old because it will take everything away from you. She could top anything you say with her beautiful smile. And yes she will be missed. Forever missed.
Posted by Stacy Hall on March 6, 2021
Mae was one of the classiest, considerate and loving people I have ever met. I will miss her dearly, but her legacy lives on through her children, grandchildren, great grandchildren, and all those she touched throughout the years. May God Bless her soul.....
Posted by Lejoi Montgomery on March 5, 2021
When I think of Ms. Campbell I think of/remember the days of my youth and what an example she was for me. She was and still is a woman of principle, elegance and grace. As a young girl, many times I would feel like an outsider but She always made me feel comfortable and accepted. What an honor and a blessing to have known someone so distinguished and yet so kind. No doubt her family and the world has lost a very beautiful person but Heaven has gained a sweet Spirit. Natalie, Melody I will continue to pray for you both as the Lord walks with you on this journey through this time of indescribable grief and loss.
Posted by Belle Campbell on March 5, 2021
To Natalie and Melody
Knowing GOD we’ll never leave you alone. Just remember in these saddened and trying times he will bring you comfort. When you are weak, he is strong, his love never gives up. May GOD restore your spirit and give you both strength and Bless you day by day. Mae is in flight with the Angles. Our hearts may be broken, but she is in the heavens above. Love Belle
Posted by Debulon Bell on March 4, 2021
I hope you find comfort in reflecting on the life and achievements of your loved one. She paved the way for those of us who succeeded her, in service to our country. I served as a nurse and retired. In my final assignment I had the honor of serving as the Army Nurse Corps Historian. It provided me the opportunity to learn of other women of color who served like those in the 6888th postal group. May her life and your memories be a blessing. My cousin Denise Thomas is a friend who shared the clip of the ceremony with me.
Posted by Denise Thomas on March 4, 2021
Let us give thanks unto the Lord for the life of Maybelle Rutland Campbell, a “Virtuous Woman”. Thank You, Jesus! She touched and blessed the hearts and lives of so many. I extend my heartfelt condolences to the family. Your mother leaves behind a legacy of love, integrity and service. She will never be forgotten. I pray that the wonderful memories of times shared with her will be a comfort to you during this difficult time and a blessing always. 
In Sympathy and Love,
Denise Thomas
Friend of Natalie Campbell Durham and family
Posted by Christine Martinez on March 4, 2021
Sending our condolences and gratitude to Maybelle Rutland Campbell, and a life well lived, from her service in the U.S. Army to the love shared throughout her beautiful family. The gallery of photos says it all! Our thoughts and prayers are with those left behind, with the confident hope of meeting again in God's time. 
Posted by Alva Stevenson on March 4, 2021
Our sincerest condolences go out to Melody Campbell and family on the transition of Maybelle Tanner Campbell. Her service to our country will forever be remembered. Our late mother Lydia Thornton Moore also served in The Six Triple Eight. With many prayers from Rosenda Moore and Alva Moore Stevenson, Lydia's daughters
Posted by Lizz Helm on March 4, 2021
GRACE is what comes to mind when I think about Mrs. Campbell. Her GRACE was always present. Her GRACE reflected in her life and service. I know her family and her sisters of the 6888th welcomed her home to Heaven. We, the 6888th FAMILY were touched by your GRACE and know that you are resting with the LORD. We thank you for your service. We will carry on. 
Posted by Cynthia Ford on March 3, 2021
To the family of Maybelle Campbell; friends; loved ones; all. .just a note to say we have lost a MIGHTY GOOD SOLDIER!! I've known May for over 50 years and I can honestly say she was a dear and true friend. I met her at the Government Printing Office when I was beginning my career in federal service. May provided helpful guidance of the good and bad in people, and I never forgot any of her words of wisdom. I met her family and she met mine and a few other friends. I kept up with May no matter where she was moved because she was my dear friend, and she would keep me laughing. I loved Maybelle and I am grateful to God for allowing her to be with us for 99 blessed years. I will truly miss my friend Maybelle. Peace and blessings to those she left behind.
Posted by Natalie Durham on March 3, 2021
Mama, I miss you so much had take a moment while writing. I thought this day would never come I’m not prepared. I thank the Lord Almighty for placing you in my life. God says I’m love when I can’t feel a thing, God says be strong when I’m weak, God says I’m healed when I’m falling short. A very good friend told me Nat...your Mom completed her assignment very well.

So Ma, tell Dad and Richard hello cause I know they met you with open arms.
So y’all get the party started in the kingdom of heaven. Psalm 34:18 The Lord is close to the broken-hearted and saves those who are crushed in sprit. Hallelujah Praise be to God

Love you Mama, Natalie

Posted by Uraine Tibbs on March 3, 2021
I loved Maybelle. She will be greatly missed. Loved her smile. She had a sweet personality and never complained about a thing. She will forever be in our hearts.
Posted by Stephanie Mincey-Owens on March 3, 2021
Mel, Justin and Brandon, please know that we are praying for you and your family during this difficult time. Your mom was the sweetest & funniest lady. I always enjoyed her her lively spirit. Stay encouraged in God’s love and grace. Your memories of your Mom & beloved grandmother will sustain you. Love you Guys,

Jerry Sr, Stephanie Owens & Family❣️
Posted by Jacquelyn Fisher on March 3, 2021
Mel, I send my deepest sympathy to you and your family. I never met your mom but I know how awesome and iconic she was because of you. You're always in my thoughts and prayers. May the Lord bless you and gently touch your heart and bring you peace.
I love you, my friend.
Posted by Karrie Thiele on March 3, 2021
Mel I'm so sorry for the loss of your beautiful mama. I know I never met her but I loved hearing your stories about her. Her past accomplishments really awed and inspired me. And her sense of humor was on point lol. I wish I was there to give you a big hug, I know this so hard but I am sending you love always. Love you so much my friend
Posted by Hope Piantini on March 3, 2021
I never had the honor of meeting Miss Maybelle, but her stories inspire me so much. Melody is my dear friend and I wish I could be there and hug her tight. Love you Melody, your mama's legacy is gigantic. Love always
Posted by Lisa Floyd on March 3, 2021
Melody,

No matter how old we are, it's never easy to lose a parent. I will always cherish the precious sweet childhood memories of coming to your home after school. You Mom/Dad was such incredible people, always ready to welcome anyone to the family. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.
RIH 
Posted by Umekia Williams on March 3, 2021
I enjoyed every minute I had helping you and I am blessed to have had many convos & laughs with you before I left Spring Hill nursing home. Thank you

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Posted by Basil Abdul Khabir on March 15, 2021
May Allah comfort her family during this time, ameen
Posted by Rachel Mathis on March 12, 2021
To the campbell family i am so sorry to hear of a very precious loss.mrs campbell was an amazing person and I'm sure you know this already. She had such humor and was so friendly. i know you miss her everyday and this is to be expected but you have many memories of her that will last a life time.please take comfort that jehovah god promises in Revelation 21 and verse 4 ...death will be no more.please read this and find comfort.Be well and safe......Rachel Mathis
Posted by Veronica Dean on March 9, 2021
Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted Matthew 5:4. . I’m thankful to God to have known such an amazingly awesome and beautiful woman who was affectionately called NeeNee . She fought a good fight, won the battle and is now flying high with the Angels and our Heavenly Father Loved eternally ❤️♾
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A Life to be Remembered

Maybelle Rutland Campbell was born May 14, 1921 in Forsyth, Georgia. Her parents were the late Dud and Julia Rutland. She was the youngest of their thirteen children and sister to the late Albert, John, Pleas, Adolphus, Loretta, Willie James, Allen, Nick, Inez, Oscar, Joanna, and Eddie. As the youngest, Maybelle had many chores on the farm. The one she enjoyed most was helping her older sisters prepare meals for the family. Raised in a Christian home, she came to faith in Christ at an early age. Maybelle graduated from the Hubbard training school on June 4, 1941.This was a junior college and the first vocational school for African Americans in the state of Georgia.

On August 4, 1943, at the age of 22, she enlisted in the Women’s Army Corps. Maybelle served as a postal clerk in the 6888th Central Postal Battalion. It consisted of 855 all African-American women who were assigned to Birmingham England, Rouen France and Paris France during World War II. It was the first and only all African-American female unit to be deployed overseas during World War II. Their nickname was “Six Triple Eight” and their Motto was “No Mail, Low Morale”. They successfully completed their mission of clearing several years of backlogged mail in the European Theater of Operations.   In November 2018, along with four other surviving members, she attended the dedication of a monument honoring the battalion located at the Buffalo Soldier Commemorative Area on Fort Leavenworth, Kansas.

After the war she relocated to the District of Columbia and began working as an administrative assistant at the Government Printing Office. While working there she met her husband, Nathaniel Edward Campbell. The two were united in holy matrimony on January 5, 1951. Their union was blessed with the birth of three children Natalie, Richard, Melody, and an adopted daughter Emma Washington. They resided in the Capitol Hill area of Southeast, Washington, DC. Together they enjoyed participating in various social clubs, gathering to play cards, and going fishing.  In addition, Maybelle often supported her husband, a part-time butler at the White House, with catering dinner parties for many Washingtonian dignitaries. They were married for over 27 years. As a widow, Maybelle remained an active member of the Holy Comforter St. Cyprian Church, as a hall committee officer for many years. She enjoyed serving faithfully; especially organizing fish fries during the Lenten season.

Eventually she moved to Largo, MD and began attending Woodstream Church with her family. In 2003, she rededicated her life and was baptized. She faithfully attended Woodstream Church with her daughter for many years. Later in life, she moved to Virginia and attended church services at the assisted living facility where she lived. She participated in art classes, exercise classes, loved listening to music, and playing bingo with her fellow residents.

Just 3 months shy of her 100th birthday, Maybelle quietly departed this life, on February 9, 2021, at Paramount Assisted Living in Manassas, Virginia. She was preceded in death by her loving husband Nathaniel, and son Richard. Those left to cherish her loving memory are her devoted and loving daughters, Emma Washington, Natalie Durham (Ricardo), and Melody Campbell; daughter in law Belle Campbell,6 grandchildren: Natisha, Richard II, Justin, Ricardo, Nathan, and Brandon; 9 great grandchildren: Saige, Aiden, Richard III, Anai, Chaz, Jaden, Rylee, Namia, and Nathan; a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and other relatives and friends.

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To GOD be the Glory for All HE has done!

Shared by Joyce Brown on March 3, 2021
This is so wonderful, I loved Auntie Maybelle and will miss seeing all the wonderful updated posts of Her life and living!  Knowing where She is right now, gives Me a heart of peace and envy because She has joined many of Hers and My love ones, who I truly miss every single day of My life in this earthly kingdom but the joy comes in the morning because I know I will see them ALL again, in JESUS Name!!! Love and Miss My Campbell family!!!❤