Virginia Patrice ‘Pat’ Campbell, 76
Virginia Patrice “Pat” Campbell, age 76, passed away Wednesday, Feb. 8, at the University of Virginia Medical Center in Charlottesville. She died after a sudden and unexpected ruptured brain aneurysm.
Pat was born Aug. 14, 1949 in North Carolina and grew up in southern Georgia. She attended Wesleyan College and completed her last two years of college at Mary Baldwin when her parents later moved to Waynesboro, Va.
Truly a social worker at heart and practice, Pat earned two Master’s degrees, one at UVA in Vocational Counseling and one in Social Work at VCU. In her early years of employment as Admissions Director at DeJarnette Center for Human Development, Pat joined several others at the Center to create People Places, Inc., a non-profit therapeutic foster care program in Staunton. Later, she left the Center and transferred over to People Places as a counselor and the program’s first full-time Director of Social Work. Pat retained this post until her retirement in 2012 with her husband, Dr. Bob Snodgrass, to their beloved “Belle Grass” farm in August County. Pat is described by family and friends as being an extremely caring and considerate person always wanting to help others reach their full potential, truly a “beautiful kind and gentle person.” She leaves a broad legacy of helping many children and adults through the years. Pat also deeply cared for animals, especially the horses she lovingly cared for into their old age. Gardening and exceptional cooking rounded out her consuming interests during retirement. Pat was preceded in death by her parents, John and Virginia Campbell.
Pat leaves many to grieve her passing. In addition to her beloved husband of 38 years, Pat leaves behind her much-loved step-child, Kate Mollan and Kate’s husband, Mark, and two much adored grandchildren, Bobby and Annie. She also leaves behind her very close older brother, Duke, his wife, Lurece and their two children, nephews Tommy and John Charles, and their wives and children. On Bob’s side, Pat leaves her brother-in-law Donald, his wife, Joni and her two nieces, Kim and Kristin, along with their husbands and children. She also leaves behind some very special long-time friends, some even described as “chosen relatives.”
Pat’s family would like to thank the UVA staff of the Neuro Unit as well as those involved with the organ donation program for their outstanding expertise and compassion.
A celebration of Pat’s life will be held at a later date.
In lieu of flowers, those who wish to make a donation may make one to the animal welfare charity of your choice.
Coffman Funeral Home and Crematory, 230 Frontier Drive in Staunton, VA is in charge of arrangements.