Shelia Ann Trapp Campbell was born on December 11, 1931, in Tupelo, Mississippi. After attending Millsaps College in Jackson, she earned a BA degree from Southern Methodist University in Dallas, where she also attended graduate school.
She married Jefferson Holland Campbell in 1952. They raised three children. After living in Georgetown, Texas, from 1962 to 1974, where Jeff chaired the English Department at Southwestern University, they moved to Wichita Falls, Texas, where Jeff at Midwestern State University.
Shelia opened a large antiques store, The Sign of the Peacock, in Wichita Falls in 1979. She closed the store in 1991. During her lifetime, the majority of her published writing appeared in publications distributed nationally by the United Methodist Church. She played a major role in the development of the ground-breaking Commonlife series for young people, wrote numerous articles, and co-authored Faith for Dangerous Times: The Book of Revelation.
She wrote poetry from the mid-1960s through the early 1980s. Published in the New Mexico Humanities Review and The Pawn Review. Her one-act play Covenant has been performed in various worship settings and churches.
The last decade of Shelia’s life marked a courageous battle against a combination of debilitating and rare illnesses, including Ehlers Danlos Syndrome. She died in Wichita Falls on September 11, 2001.