Josette Campbell Gruber, Fashion designer, artist, 96, died peacefully Wednesday, May 18, 2016 at Willowcreek Memory Care facility in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Josette was born Josette Francoise Furnon in Brussels, Belgium on September 25, 1919. Josette graduated from The Academie des Beaux-Arts in France and began working as a milliner in Belgium where she met her future husband, a soldier in the Third Army in WWII, and returned with him to the United States in 1947. She became a fashion designer for major American clothing manufacturers in New York and other cities and an accomplished couture designer.
Josette lived in Oceanside for thirty-one years and retired in 1992, as the original owner of Double Take clothing store in Vista which she owned for ten years.
Known as “Grandma” to her grandchildren, Josette was well-traveled, a hardworking and caring mother and grandmother, artist, volunteer at Scripps Hospital, and gardener.
Josette supported and loved her family. She is survived by her son, William Lesslie Campbell (wife Patti), of Las Vegas, Nevada; son, George Patton Campbell (wife Cathie) of Dallas, Texas; daughter, Davos Lisbeth Dwyer (husband Richard) of Carlsbad; grandchildren, Jennifer, Jessica, William, Maggie, Madelaine, Robert, Constance, and Katherine; and seventeen great-grandchildren.