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Yvonne Campbell, Alton restaurant owner, dies after car crash in Jamaica

ALTON — Yvonne Campbell, the owner of My Just Desserts in Alton, has died from her injuries in a taxi accident in Jamaica. 

Campbell and her family, when on holiday vacation in Hanover, Jamaica, were in a taxi that crashed head on with a truck Saturday, July 9.  Two people associated in the accident ended up trapped and experienced to be extricated from the wreckage by firefighters. A total of eight people today, six of whom had been travelers, have been rushed to hospital with serious injuries.

Campbell experienced been unresponsive since the incident. News of her demise was shared Wednesday early morning on the Facebook web site for her company, My Just Desserts at 31 E. Broadway in Alton. 


“Any individual that knew her cherished her and knew how a lot of a vivid gentle she introduced to just about every place she entered,” the publish mentioned. “No one particular will ever bake a pie, cobbler, or cake as fantastic as her.

“Be sure to give us room for grievance at this time,” the family members posted. “We will be closed until finally more recognize and will enable all people know when we will be back again. Thank you all for your ongoing ideas and prayers this is a devastation to all.”

Campbell was the mother of a few little ones — Nakiyah, Prince and Anaiah. She started doing the job at the store even though attending high faculty, leaving at 21 and obtaining culinary levels. In 2018, she turned the proprietor of the well-liked My Just Desserts.

Campbell was “a joy to be around,” according to Alton Mayor David Goins who described her as a “great human becoming.”

“That’s how I’ll normally don’t forget her,” Goins explained. He observed he achieved with Campbell just days prior to her journey to Jamaica.

“It can be practically like we had an possibility to say goodbye,” he explained. “That is unique, and I will forever hold that in my coronary heart.”

A number of bouquets of flowers, a candle and a teady bear were laid on the steps of the enterprise by midday Wednesday. Two males stopped to pay back their respects, one in tears, as they seemed at the 4-by-8-foot picture of Campbell and her sister in the shop’s window.

Numerous on Wednesday remembered Campbell equally for her talent and her group spirit.

“My very 1st work was at My Just Desserts and I worked with Yvonne,” Megan Kane mentioned in a Facebook publish. “If she was not serving to me or supplying tips, it is because she experienced me laughing.”

“I unquestionably adored Yvonne and turned so shut to her throughout COVID,” posted Andrea Janek. “We labored with each other to keep My Just Desserts, her aspiration, open. I am so heartbroken.”

 Alyssa Hennessey reported Campbell was “the most remarkable lady.”

“Every time we would appear in for lunch she would greet us with a smile and often arrived by for discussion,” she reported. “There aren’t many cafe owners who consider time to be personable with their consumers. My Just Desserts will not be the very same without having her.”

Campbell also was known for her volunteering with teams these as the YWCA of Alton, Oasis Women’s Middle, Alton Primary Street and the Terrific River and Routes Tourism Bureau. Previous 12 months she was just one of 15 people today selected as the YWCA’s 2021 Women of Distinction.

YWCA Govt Director Dorothy Hummel stated Campbell was “an unbelievably offering and generous individual.”

“We’re all truly feeling this unpleasant reduction and mourning this attractive spirit,” she claimed. “She was a legitimate neighborhood person and it is a loss for this neighborhood.”

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