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Serena Frances Campher

August 29, 1942 March 12, 2024
Serena  Frances  Campher
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Obituary for Serena Frances Campher

The Celebration of the life of Serena F. Campher will occur on

Saturday, March 23, 2024

Viewing 9:00 a.m. -10:00 a.m.

Service at 10:00 a.m.

St. Cyprian 

525 South Cobbs Creek Pkwy

Philadelphia, PA 19143

Interment: Eden Cemetery

Serena Frances Campher, daughter of George Lee and Virginia Emma (Edlow) Darden, was born

on August 29th, 1942, she departed this life on March 12, 2024 at home.

Serena was educated in the Philadelphia School system. She attended Dunlap Elementary School,

Shoemaker Junior High, and West Philadelphia High School, where she graduated in 1960. She

played brass instruments in the school band, and also played volleyball while attending West

Philadelphia High School. After high school she attended Glassboro Adult Evening School where

she studied shorthand.

Upon graduating from High School, Serena worked for the City of Philadelphia, until 1977. She

embarked on a new career working for SEPTA in 1977, where she retired in 2005 after attaining the

position of Executive Secretary.

While working for the City, she met her first husband, Robert P. Fluellen. To this union her only child,

Yusuf, was born. After Robert and she parted, she met and married Gerald Campher who preceded

her in death.

Serena accepted Christ and was Baptized on April 29th, 1956 at First African Baptist Church of

Philadelphia. She went through Catholic Confirmation at Our Lady of Victory Church in Philadelphia

in 1976.

She lived in Philadelphia, until 1976, when she moved to North Hills, Pa. In 1978 she moved to

Logan Township (Beckett), New Jersey. From Beckett she moved to Deptford, New Jersey, and

resided there until returning to Philadelphia in 1998.

Upon moving back to Philadelphia after living in New Jersey for 20+ years. She resumed her active

membership in Our Lady of Victory, up until its closing and merger with Our Lady of the Rosary

Church. After the merger of the two Churches and subsequent merger with St. Cyprian, Serena

continued her activities and volunteering efforts. She participated in multiple Church activities;

GOD’s Housekeepers, Fundraiser, Eucharistic Minister, Rosay Club, Women of St. Cyprian Church,

as well as traveling as a representative of St. Cyprian to various Catholic conferences, up until her

recent illness.

In addition to Serena’s Church activities throughout her life, she also enjoyed bowling, dancing, roller

skating, skiing, and travelling.

Serena had a strong sense of civic responsibility. She worked as a Philadelphia Elections Voting

location worker at an early age and resumed those activities upon moving back to Philadelphia.

In addition, Serena was a Cub Scouts Den Mother, and upon retirement from SEPTA, she was a

frequent volunteer with AARP’s Philadelphia Chapter.

Serena’s memory is left to be cherished by her son Yusuf Fluellen and daughter-in-law, Anita C.

Sequeira; her ex-husband, Robert P. Fluellen; sister Gwendolyn Williams; grandchildren Tasia

Fauntleroy, Lillian K. Stewart, Virgil B. Fluellen, Lucy S. Fluellen and Filip J. Sequeira; great-

granddaughter Dardyn; nine nephews, nine nieces, 4 cousins; adopted grandchildren Natalie, Kaela,

Cheyanne, Camryn, Kyla, Terrance, Leon, Tyrese and Carter; and many extended family members

and friends.

Serena was preceded in death by: her husband, Gerald Campher; her mother and father, Virginia

and George Darden, sisters, Georgette Darden and Ocie Cooper

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