June 12, 1946 - July 29, 2018
Karen Elizabeth (Sullivan) CampbellKaren Elizabeth (Sullivan) Campbell, age 72, died on July 29, 2018 at Novant Health UVA Prince William Medical Center in Manassas, Virginia from respiratory failure after several years of declining health. She was born in Rockville Center, NY, the daughter of Warren John and Elizabeth Ann (Lindner) Sullivan and was the middle child of five children. At her side at her passing were her husband, Harry Campbell, and her two daughters, Elizabeth Mills and Claudia Campbell-Dreelin. Karen is also survived by her three grandchildren, Magdelynn Mills and Chloe and Sophia Dreelin, her daughter in law, Alison Mills, son in law, Travis Dreelin, brothers Marc Jon Sullivan and Kurt Sullivan and was preceded in death by her brothers Michael F. Sullivan (1966) and Kevin W. Sullivan (2014).
After her childhood in North Tarrytown, NY, Karen attended School of the Holy Child College Preparatory in Rye, NY and Marymount College in Arlington, VA where she earned a degree in Fine Arts. During the 1960’s and 1970’s Karen held various professional positions as news desk reporter for the Tarrytown Daily News, managing editor of Sphere Magazine in Chicago, IL, head of office for a Middle East international relations firm, and Professional Assistant at Addressograph-Multigraph in Washington, DC. Karen was highly accomplished in multiple forms of artistic media and established Potter’s Field, a ceramic studio in Newington, VA and The Artful Angel, a rubber stamp and one-of-a-kind collectible boutique in Buffalo, NY. While extremely competent in and passionate about her various professional and creative pursuits, Karen’s true passion and main focus was being mother to Elizabeth and Claudia and wife to Harry from the early 1980’s onward. Karen and Harry lived in Virginia from the time of their marriage in 1981, relocated to Buffalo in 1992 and returned to Manassas, VA in 2004.
A private celebration of life is planned for this coming fall for family and close friends.
Tarrytown, NY 1960's
Balboa Park, San Diego, CA
July 14, 1981
Karen and the girls
Buffalo, NY 1988