Carol Ann Nelson was born March 6, 1943 in Ogden, Utah. Her father was Chester Bernett Nelson and her mother, Jana Bell Loyd Nelson. She had two older brothers, and later five more brothers and three sisters.
During her early years, Carol lived in several different places including California, Colorado, and Texas. When she was in the 3rd grade, she moved back to Utah and attended schools there until her graduation from Bountiful High School in 1961.
She met Jerry Campbell in December of 1961 on a blind date. At that time, Jerry was serving in the National Guard at Fort Lewis, Washington. She and Jerry wrote letters until August of 1962, when he was discharged. They were married September 22, 1962. They were later sealed as a family in the Ogden temple in 1973.
During their married life Jerry and Carol lived in Wyoming, Alaska, Utah and the Philippians. While living in Jackson, Wyoming their two sons were born. Carol enjoyed being a mother and was completely committed to raising her boys.
Carol enjoyed the out of doors and liked hunting, hiking, cross-country skiing and trail rides. Her hobbies included sewing, cooking, crocheting, writing poetry and playing golf. Carol was an early riser. She woke and took walks in the early morning hours. She was organized and often had an evening meal cooking before she went to work in the morning.
Carol was a partner in “The Treadle Company” in which she sewed down filled coats and vests on treadle sewing machines. She was a professional secretary and worked in this position for much of her life.
In 1999, Carol was diagnosed with breast cancer. She showed great determination and a positive attitude while battling this disease. She was cancer free for the next 16 years.
In 2012 Jerry and Carol served in the Naga Philippians Mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. Carol was a wonderful example and positive influence for the young elders and sisters. They loved her for her big heart, contagious smiles and comforting hugs.
Carol enjoyed trying new things. She was not afraid to experiment with new recipes, or do things she had never done before. She was an eager lifelong learner.
Perhaps one of her greatest talents was her ability to be a friend. She was skilled at knowing how to talk to people and make them feel comfortable. She was a genuine person and truly cared about others. This has won her many lifelong friends. Her defining characteristic has been her positive nature and optimistic attitude. It didn’t matter if things were difficult, she continually found something each day to be positive about.
Carol enjoyed being a grandmother. She traveled frequently to watch her grandchildren play sports, and participate in concerts. She enjoyed very much watching her grandchildren grow and achieve their goals.
In June of 2016 Carol was again diagnosed with cancer. She battled this disease with dignity and grace. She passed away at home on January 22, 2019 with her beloved Jerry at her side.
She is survived by brothers Dennis, Steve, Ron and Dean Nelson, sisters Linda Wayment, Marilyn Bodily and Carolyn Ferrell, her husband Jerry W. Campbell, sons Ty (Leesa) Campbell of Fairview, Erik (Shannon) Campbell of Sandy, Utah, nine grandchildren and six great grandchildren. Her brothers Loyd, Dave and Dale preceded her in death.