Cecilia (Hermes) Campbell, IHM


Sister Cecilia Campbell, IHM, 101, died Thursday, Dec. 21 in the IHM Health Care Center, Monroe.

Cecilia Campbell was born March 3, 1916, in Big Point, Ontario, Canada, to Joseph and Soufrini (Myers) Campbell. She and her sister Josephine (later Sister Aurelia Campbell, IHM) were the only two daughters of their 10 children that survived beyond infancy. In the early 1920s, they moved to the United States and settled in Detroit. Cecilia attended Holy Trinity Grade School and Girls Catholic Central High School, from which she graduated in 1934. Several years later Cecilia entered the Sisters, Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary (Monroe) and received the religious name Sister Hermes.

After entering the congregation, Sister Cecilia began studies at Marygrove College and earned a bachelor’s degree and later a master’s degree in special education in 1962 from Wayne State University. For the next 30 years, she taught in area grade schools: St. Charles, Newport; St. Agnes, St. Francis de Sales and Gesu, Detroit; St. Joseph, Monroe; Holy Name, Birmingham; St. John Vianney, Highland Park and St. Anne, Warren. She served as directress for St. Mary Academy in Monroe when it operated as a boarding school for girls.

In 1974 through 1994, Sister Cecilia served in administration of Gesu School as assistant principal and assistant administrator. The Gesu School community was close to her heart and she continued to volunteer her services as needed up until early 2000.

Sister Cecilia retired to the Motherhouse campus in 2002, remaining active in the life of the community. At 90 years of age, she moved to the Health Care Center. She celebrated her 75th Jubilee as an IHM Sister in 2014.

Sister Cecilia was preceded in death by siblings in infancy and her sister, Josephine (Sister Aurelia, IHM).

Read her Remembering.