Local News: One life touching thousands: Campbell gifts more than $2 million to regional not-for-profits (11/24/21)

Harryette Campbell, a longtime resident of Sikeston, Missouri, died last year, leaving her lifetime gift inheritance to various local, regional and national nonprofits.


This Thanksgiving, more than 20 charities, groups and higher education institutions are especially grateful for a Sikeston woman who gave them $ 2.355 million collectively after her death late last year.

Longtime Sikeston resident Harryette Campbell died on December 2, 2020, leaving his lifetime gift inheritance to various local, regional and national nonprofits. In 1950, Campbell and his brother, TE “Sonny” Campbell, purchased the Bell City Gin Co. in Bell City, Missouri, which they operated until 1972. Campbell ran a farming operation until his death at the age of 94.

Just in time for Thanksgiving, Campbell’s successor trustees, Jane Campbell of Sikeston and Doug McDowell, a certified public accountant from Caruthersville, Missouri, announced the magnitude of Campbell’s designated charitable giving. Successor trustees are represented by Joseph C. Blanton Jr. and Blanton, Nickell, Collins, Douglas and Hanschen LLC of Sikeston.

Campbell left the following amounts listed with his designees: $ 400,000, Southeast Missouri State University; $ 250,000, Girl Scouts of the Heartland; $ 200,000, Sikeston Public Library; $ 200,000, Sikeston Cultural Development Corp .; $ 200,000, Freed-Hardman University; $ 150,000, New Madrid County High School Foundation; $ 150,000, New Madrid County Library; $ 150,000, Historical Museum of New Madrid; $ 150,000, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital; $ 100,000, Lilbourn Public Library; $ 100,000, Boys Town; $ 50,000, Sikeston Little Theater; $ 50,000, Delta Xi from the Tri Delta Educational Foundation; $ 50,000, YMCA of Southeastern Missouri; $ 50,000, Central Methodist University; $ 25,000, Parkinson’s Research Foundation; $ 25,000, Kenny Rogers Children’s Center; $ 25,000, Sikeston PAWS; $ 10,000, Tri Delta National Brotherhood; and $ 10,000, Bootheel Counseling Services; and $ 10,000, AARP Foundation. Campbell also recalled many churches in their donations.

“One of my Aunt Harryette’s favorite Bible verses, Luke 12:48, says, ‘Much to whom is given, much is required,'” said Campbell’s niece, Jane Campbell. “She lived up to it and constantly said how blessed she was. She highly valued the education she received growing up and the opportunity to graduate from college. Education was a priority for her, and she was especially interested in seeing women have Same opportunities as men, I imagine this is due to the fact that it was not a high priority during his college years.

Since learning of their gifts, recipients have shown gratitude to the Campbell estate and trustees.

“Harryette J. Campbell was unique, in her spirit and generosity,” said Southeastern Missouri State University. “She was a loyal and generous donor to Southeastern Missouri State University for over 20 years.

More than 160 students have benefited from his many donated scholarships, and many more students will benefit in the years to come, thanks to his generous legacy, according to the University.

“Harryette’s love for Southeast Missouri, and Sikeston in particular, was evident in her desire to help students attending the Sikeston State University-Southeast Missouri campus, as well as students from the Southeast Missouri region. “said the University. “Her passion for agriculture and the arts also benefited students who received scholarships specific to those areas. Harryette’s legacy at Southeast will forever continue in the lives her generosity will continue to touch.”

According to the Southeastern Missouri State University Foundation, Campbell was a voracious reader, and it showed in her conversations and her knowledge of everything from archeology to religion.

“During his lifetime, Harryette established the Harryette B. Campbell Endowed Anthropological Fund at the University of Southeastern Missouri which enabled students to study abroad,” the Foundation said.

In 2005, the University of Southeastern Missouri honored her with the Distinguished Service Award for her enduring contributions to the university and in 2011, she was honored with the Friend of the University Award. Supported scholarships in agriculture and liberal arts. Contributions from your Trust will continue to support these scholarships and others, the Foundation said.

“Ms. Campbell’s Relationship with Freed-Hardeman University [FHU] it was quite special, “said Dave Clouse, vice president of community engagement at Freed-Hardeman University.” She learned about FHU and its Christian values ​​through a mutual friend and became a great supporter and alumnus.

He continued: “Harryette contributed significantly to a campaign to improve the Mid-South Youth Camp and provide a new, state-of-the-art dining room. It was completed only a few months ago and has already proven to be a great blessing.”

In addition to enhancing the experience for hundreds of campers each summer, it is a place for all kinds of FHU events and a place for churches and other organizations to hold retreats and other activities, Clouse said.

“Harryette was an avid collector of Native American artifacts, many of which are on display at the Sikeston Depot Museum,” said a spokesperson for the Sikeston Cultural Development Corp .. “We are honored to be remembered by Harryette Campbell. She was one of our The first and most loyal supporters, and their encouragement and interest will continue through this gift. The donation of their Indian collection was one of our first and best gifts. Thankful to be able to display and share that collection with this community today in their memory. “

Susan Newman, director of the New Madrid County Library, said Campbell’s unexpected but much appreciated gift will build and enhance the current collection.

“The first project will be to digitize the Portageville newspapers, adding them to the digitized copies of The Weekly Record,” Campbell said. “There is always a wish list of materials and / or projects to improve customer service and meet customer needs. Ms. Campbell’s generous gift will allow the opportunity to fulfill some of the items on that list.”

Stacey Cox, president of the Southern Methodist University Tri Delta Foundation said the foundation is forever grateful for Campbell’s generosity and foresight in leaving a legacy that will help its members in every way possible.

“Harryette has made a difference with this generous gift,” said Cox.

The Rev. Steven E. Boes, Boys Town National Executive Director, said Campbell’s significant gift is benefiting a significant number of at-risk children, offering them a second chance at life that they might not otherwise have had.

“Harryette was an incredible woman, and her philanthropy and generosity will positively impact the lives of many people for years to come. She appreciated the friendships she made as a grown Girl Scout and her legacy will help many girls make lifelong friendships. . “said Anne Soots, executive director of Girls Scouts for the Missouri Heartland Council.

Deanna Cooper, director of development for advancement and alumni relations at Central Methodist University, said, “Ms. Harryette Campbell’s generosity and thoughtfulness towards others will continue her legacy, providing opportunity and impacting the lives of generations. of students through their scholarship. “

Jeff Partridge, Engagement Director for the YMCA of Southeast Missouri in Sikeston said the Y is very grateful for this generous gift from Campbell.

“The gift will have a tremendous impact on the Y and our ability to fulfill our mission,” said Partridge. “Gifts of this magnitude provide the Y with funds that allow us to invest in the long-term sustainability of the organization and ensure that we can serve our community for many years to come.”

Michelle Fayette, executive director of the Kenny Rogers Children’s Center, said the impact Campbell’s donations will have on southeastern Missouri will be incredible.

“At the Kenny Rogers Children’s Center, we decided to use your gift for a much-needed technology upgrade,” he said.

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