Ida Mae Campbell

Ida Mae Campbell (Grace), 86, formerly of Edwards, Missouri, passed away Saturday, November 25, 2017, at Grace Gardens Assisted Living, Leawood, Kansas, with her family by her side. In celebration of her life, visitation will be held from 1 PM until services at 2 PM, Thursday, November 30 at the First United Methodist Church in Warsaw. Graveside services will be held at the Fristoe Cemetery.
Ida Mahalla Grace was born July 25, 1931, on the Grace family farm near Fairfield, Missouri, the sixth child of Gabriel Dewey Grace and Isa Pearl (Fahnestock) Grace. Ida Mae accepted Jesus as her Savior at an early age and attended church faithfully, as long as her health permitted.
Ida Mae graduated from Warsaw High School in 1949 then started teaching in a one room school house in rural Benton County.
On June 10, 1951, Ida Mae was united in marriage to James Warren Campbell of Fristoe. They would spend the next 66 years together. Unto this union three children were born: James Robert (Bob), Carolyn Mae and John Lloyd.
Their first home was on the Campbell farm near Fristoe. They later moved to a farm near Cross Timbers where they milked cows and raised cattle.
Then in 1967, the Campbell family moved to Edwards where Warren worked as the Post Master. Ida Mae worked with Warren in the Post Office and in real estate until 1977 when she started her insurance business. Ida Mae worked as an insurance agent and broker for over 35 years.
As Warren served as a minister for over 50 years in the Church of the Brethren, Ida Mae served with him as a dutiful minister’s wife. She also served as the Brethren Missouri/Arkansas District Conference moderator as well as serving as the Hospitality Chair to the Brethren Annual Conference. Together Warren and Ida Mae served two different congregations, the Fristoe Church of the Brethren and the Spring Branch Church of the Brethren. At the time of her death, she was a member of the First United Methodist Church of Warsaw where she participated in Sunday School and Choir.
Ida Mae was an active member of the University of Missouri Extension Council. She served two terms as the County Council president and a number of terms as local “Good Neighbors” president.
Ida Mae was also a very active community leader in Edwards working to establish the Deer Creek Fire Department and the Edwards Community Center. She was instrumental in bringing attention to the need for new bridges over Big and Little Deer Creeks near Edwards.
Ida Mae enjoyed hosting family dinners and playing Rook and other card games with her grandchildren and family. She also loved gardening and working in her flower beds.
Ida Mae is survived by her loving husband Warren; her son Bob Campbell and wife Anita of Warsaw; her daughter Carolyn Findley and husband Gary of Raymore; and her son John Campbell and wife Judy of Raymore.
She is also survived by nine grandchildren: Dr. Amber Campbell and husband Gary Roberts of Warsaw; Nick Findley and wife Rachelle Findley of Raymore; Amanda Campbell Adler and husband Stan Adler of Warsaw; Abegail Cambell Jeremic and husband Denny Jeremic of Torrance, California; Alison Findley Burke and husband Kyle Burke of Raymore; Audrey Campbell Morrison and husband Rob Morrison of Overland Park, Kansas; Chris Campbell and wife Hollie Campbell of Belton; Harrison Warren Campbell and wife Brittany Campbell of Pleasant Hill and Elisha Campbell Ellis and husband Cody Ellis of Raymore.
Ida Mae is also survived by fourteen great-grandchildren: Brayden Findley, Quintin Campbell, Brecklyn Findley, Kailee Burke, Amelia Roberts, Gavin Burke, Brodie Campbell, Connor Roberts, Cooper Ellis, Henry Adler, Macie Ellis, Alexandra Jeremic, Grant Morrison, and Ava Campbell.
Also surviving are Ida Mae’s brothers John Grace of Hoffman Estate, Illinois, and Sterling Grace of Miami, Florida and sister Diana Grace of DeKalb, Illinois.
Besides her parents, Ida Mae was preceded in death by her brothers Garland, Ray, Orville, Virgil, Rolla and Dale and sisters Stella Grace Hannah and Wanda Grace Bostick.
As a devoted wife, mother, grandmother, great grandmother and sister, Ida Mae will be sadly missed.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorials be made to Ascend Hospice or the Warsaw WARM House in care of Reser Funeral Home, PO Box 910, Warsaw, MO 65355.