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Elaine Patricia Campbell was born in Kingston Jamaica on January 4th 1950 to Richard and Louise Campbell. Elaine was the fifth of 8 children. She attended school in Jamaica and worked with arts and crafts. Elaine’s love for art flourished into a culinary passion.
She migrated to the USA at a young age with her sister Colleen, and her 2 sons. Elaine’s love for cooking led her to an opportunity to work alongside her younger brother Earl to manage his restaurant in NY. The siblings later moved to Dallas Texas in 1986 to open a restaurant on MLK Boulevard. The two worked together for several years. Through sheer determination, courage, hard work, and prayers Elaine opened the first Elaine’s Kitchen at 1912 MLK BLVD in 1987, the business relocated in 2008 to its current address- 2717 MLK BLVD. According to D-Magazine the restaurant was voted “Best Caribbean- neighborhood eats”. Elaine’s Kitchen has been a staple in the South Dallas community for over 35+ years.
She has kindly served everyone who has walked through her doors, even those who didn’t have the ability to pay. She has generously helped many people who struggled to improve their lives, through financial support, housing assistance, and overall love and encouragement. She has donated food and finances to multiple organizations throughout the community, and strongly believed in the concept of paying it forward and reaching back to help others. As she fully understood what it meant to experience hard times.
Elaine has been a longstanding member of the Black Dallas Chamber of Commerce and the Caribbean Association. She has received several awards from local organizations for her service in the community and has had several write-ups in the local Dallas newspapers. Elaine’s Kitchen has been noted to be amongst the top Caribbean restaurants in the Greater Dallas area. Her passion was cooking, but her purpose was to help everyone and anyone that came across her path. She has certainly fulfilled Gods plan and purpose for her.
She was a mother to her 2 biological sons, and has adopted a host of nieces, nephews, grandchildren, and countless others. She is so sweetly named “Lainey”, “Momma Elaine”, “Aunty”, “Ms. Elaine”. She is loved dearly by her family and friends and has always made people feel so at ease to share their issues and concerns. We laugh because she sat in her office and knew all the business on the streets, without leaving the office.
A famous quote of hers among many was, “you don’t know who people are, so everyone should be treated with respect”. She was known for her laughter, her smile, her ability to make you feel like an old, cherished friend, and most of all a confidant. People would confide in her and trust that she would either assist if needed or just be a friend.
She lived a simple life; her business and her family were her priority. She enjoyed cooking, baking, watching football, and traveling when she had the opportunity. She celebrated her 70th birthday party in Jamaica with her sons, friends, family and all 7 of her siblings. It was a spectacular event that she cherished. The party was a month before Covid impacted all our lives, there were so many missed opportunities, but God knew best.
Elaine was predeceased by her parents, and 2 brothers Leslie Campbell and Vincent Campbell. She leaves to cherish her memories and continue her legacy, her 2 biological sons - Calvin Hamilton aka “Richie” and Orville Hamilton aka “Gary”, and her 2 adopted sons Nicholas and Obrian, multiple grandchildren most recent baby Kwame. Her 3 sisters Colleen, Shirley, Claudette, and 2 brothers Phillip and Derek, a host of nieces and nephews- Nicola, Ryan, Matthew (Shauntae), Yemane, Tahirah, Stacy, Charisse, Aisha, Rashada, Jerry, Shukura, Danielle, Sidonne, Sherly, Julia, Jackie, Charmaine, Nicole, Madisha, Kebra, and a host of grand nieces and nephews in the US and Jamaica.
Ms. Elaine was an angel amongst us, and she served us all. Everyone that is reading this has been touched and blessed by her in some way or another.