Sister Inez Patricia Campbell died at Saint Joseph Villa on August 23, 2018, and was buried on August 28, 2018. Margaret Ellen Teresa Campbell was the third of four children born to Patrick and Bridget Campbell. Peggy and her siblings, James, Kathleen, and Michael, grew up in Holy Cross Parish in Mount Airy. Jim and Kate insisted that Peggy was the family favorite, and with her blue eyes and blond curls, they may have been correct. Nonetheless, Peggy grew in age and grace cherishing her Irish heritage and her loving parents.
In 1952, Peggy entered the Sisters of Saint Joseph and became S. Inez Patricia. Beginning as an elementary school teacher and instructing music on the side, S. Inez found her real passion as a high school Spanish teacher. Gifted in this language, she eventually was granted her desire to serve in the Latino community. In this capacity, it soon became evident that S. Inez’s love of the Hispanic people even surpassed her love of the language. As recognized by many as a “people person,” S. Inez’s gentle manner and thoughtful demeanor won her the love of all she served.
Whether it was caring for her own mother, her sister Kate, the sisters at the Villa, or members of her local community, Inez was always open and willing to go the extra mile. Routed in her strong devotion to St. Teresa of Avila, Inez also possessed the moral courage to stand up for what she believed. This Spanish mystic spoke of “surrendering our will in order to fulfill God’s will in us.” Inez practiced this tenet on a daily basis; thereby growing in self-knowledge and ministering to God’s people on eclectic levels. Serving the Congregation in many capacities from teacher to local coordinator, Inez ended her life of service at the Villa. After becoming a pastoral minister for the sisters on the fourth floor, Inez spend her final days in this beloved residence. One of her favorite prayers was a poem by St. Teresa: “Let nothing disturb you, let nothing frighten you….Patience obtains all things.” Inez practiced this virtue of Patience even in her last days when described by a staff member as “loving and fun to be with.”
Thank you, S. Inez, for your generous loving life of service and sacrifice and for the example you embodied: “Nada te turbe – solo Dios basta.” God alone is enough.