Sandra Jude Doherty Campbell (June 18, 1953 — November 8, 2017)
Sandra Jude Doherty Campbell — wonderful wife to Kenny for 38 years, amazing mom to Kristin and Nicole (Kristian), supportive sister to Tom (Sandy), Mary (Wes), and Sally (Joe), and fantastic friend/neighbor — has reunited with her parents Dolly and Ted, brothers Ted and John, plus other family members and friends in heaven.
She was born in Newton, Massachusetts. Growing up as an Air Force brat, the second in a line of six children, she spent part of her childhood in Fairbanks, Alaska. When her father’s orders for Germany came, after she graduated from high school, she moved to Miami, Florida. Her aunt Madeline and uncle Archibald lived there; they both were in the military as well and survived the December 7, 1941, attack on Pearl Harbor, Hawaii.
In the ’70s, she met her husband while working at Jefferson’s department store. They often went to the beach, soaked up the sun, and had fun all day long. She drove a white MG Midget convertible with a black top and had a brown horse named Charlie she loved that was kept at the Redlands, a nearby community.
Deciding to become a homemaker was her true calling after having two daughters in the ’80s. She was always present for their school functions, including honor roll ceremonies and band events, plus dance lessons. She was proud and delighted that they both graduated from college and achieved worthwhile careers in the journalism and theater fields. In addition, she loved unexpected gifts from them, especially sweet treats like cupcakes, ice cream, and coffee, plus thoughtful Pandora charms. The same goes for her husband when he’d bring home red roses just because. Not that long ago, she became fond of texting daily messages that included several cute emojis.
She was proud of her strong Irish heritage and was never afraid to speak her mind. Nearly every St. Patrick’s Day, she cooked corned beef, cabbage, and potatoes. Her other delicious meals included spaghetti and meatballs, beef stew, pot roast, and chili.
More recently, she enjoyed her peaceful mornings by reading the newspaper and drinking coffee from her Shameless mug with her dog, Lucy, by her side. And in the afternoon, she liked watching soap operas and napping, sipping cold Diet Coke while hanging out on the patio, and looking forward to the nighttime when everyone came home to tell her about their days. In between those activities, she took care of everyone from her two black cats, Mama and Basil, to household visitors by treating them to bottles of water.
She could often be spotted wearing a short-sleeved shirt, jeans, and flip flops while socializing, taking the dog for walks, going to Dadeland Mall, watching Dateline mysteries, looking at #chihuahuasofinstagram, and reading comments on social media.
Her viewing will be on Thursday, November 16, at Stanfill Funeral Home, 10545 South Dixie Highway, Miami, Florida 33156, starting at 5 PM for family and 6–8 PM for friends. Burial services will be on Friday, November 17, at Miami Memorial Park, 6200 SW 77 Avenue, Miami, Florida 33143, beginning at 11 AM.
In lieu of flowers, donating to Paws 4 You Rescue (paws4you.org), where her beloved canine companion was adopted, would have made her happy. Unforgettable indeed, she will be forever missed.