Obituary for Velvalee Campbell

WISTER--Velvalee Campbell, 74, of Wister was born Oct. 29, 1944 in Heavener to G.G. “Buddy” and Leah Fern (Crutchfield) Campbell and passed from this life June 5, 2019 in Fort Smith, Arkansas.

The family will have a celebration of life for Velvalee Tuesday at 2 p.m. at the top of the Runestone in Heavener. Cremation arrangements are under the direction of Dowden-Roberts Funeral Home of Heavener.

Velvalee was a 1962 graduate of Heavener High School and went to the Chicago Art Institute for two years. Her masterpiece was a painting of The Blessed Mother entitled “The Souls of Humanity”.  In 1992, she completed the painting in a year’s time frame in Alaska. Velvalee secured a tour featuring the painting in the European countries of Russia, Germany and Scotland. She then toured with the painting on the west coast of the United States, finally settling on the north shore of Hawaii, where she lived from 1994 until 2001. In 2001, she returned to Oklahoma where she lived out the rest of her days enjoying her family and hosting friends from all over the world.

Survivors are one son, Shannon Ward, of Heavener; one daughter Shelby Frost and husband Jack of Wister; seven grandchildren Tiffany Hyde and husband Eugene of Springfield, Missouri, Glen Frost of Wister, Ashton Ward of Wister, Darrin Frost of Wister, Justin Frost of Wister, and Rayannah Ward and Noah Ward both of Heavener; five great-grandchildren Zaley Sanders and Piper Shoup, both of Wister, and Tristen Hyde, Jaxten Hyde and Kinsley Hyde, all of Springfield, Missouri; and several other loved ones and dear friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Buddy and Leah Fern Campbell; her beloved sister and brother-in-law, Gwyndol and David Hogan; and a nephew, Warren Scott Campbell.

In lieu of flowers, the family request donations to be made to Heavener Runestone or Gideon’s International in Velvalee’s name.

To sign Velvalee’s online guestbook please visit

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