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Muffet’s life was about service

Marine police, Corporal Marvline Campbell was laid to rest on August 26, succumbing after a brief illness

Sunday, September 09, 2012    

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FOURTH child for Ephraim Campbell and seventh for her mother Zamrin, Muffet, as she was known to friends, spent most of her younger years in Sherwood Forest, Portland.

In fact, Campbell spent all her life in the parish, moving first from her district to Port Antonio, then to Fairy Hill, where she formed a neighbourhood watch and for years was a very active member.

Hailed as a go-getter and disciplinarian, the 48-year-old worked her way from a district constable in her Sherwood Forest community to corporal in the Marine Police at her passing.

Delivering the eulogy at the thanksgiving service, Eileen Davis, a family friend, remembered Muffet as someone with a pleasant personality who had "a passion for service".

"If you don't go after what you want you will never get it, if you don't ask the answer is no," she quoted Muffet as always saying.

Davis said that Muffet became a member of the rural police force (district constable) in 1989, but "refused to settle at that level", and in 1994 enrolled in the Island Special Constabulary Force (ISCF) where she served for three years.

"If you don't step forward you are always in the same place," she said, using another of Muffet's regular statements.

Using those words as her mantra, Muffet continued to pursue her public service goal and enlisted in the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF), where she served for 14 years until her passing.

She was promoted to the rank of corporal in December 2008.

In her last leg as a law enforcement officer, Muffet was sent to the marine section of the police force, serving in Port Antonio, Davis told the congregation at the Shiloh Apostolic Church, also in the town.

"She has given a total of 22 years of untarnished, unbroken, dedicated service to this great organisation," Davis said of Muffet's time in the police force.

Muffet's yearning for service also took her into activities outside the JCF when she worked with the Jamaica Tourist Board (JTB) in its Courtesy Corps unit in Port Antonio.

"Her pleasant personality gave her that opportunity to work with the JTB," Davis commented.

"She was also very creative," Davis said. "This prompted her to become an interior decorator and could always be seen matching fabric."

Muffet was admitted to the Kingston Public Hospital on July 23 after suddenly falling ill, and died on July 30.

"She went on vacation in May and returned to work for one week before having to go on sick leave," Davis said.

Throughout her life's work Muffet's strong belief in discipline was imparted to her children, who were always implored to become nation builders, Davis added.

Marvline 'Muffet' Campbell was interred at the Sherwood Forest Cemetery in the district of her birth.

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