Courtney Mae Chaney was born on July 5, 1976, in Indianapolis, Indiana to Elmeta Belinda Jenkins. Nicknamed “Boo” at an early age, Courtney was a curious, talkative child with an infectious laugh. During childhood she enjoyed spending time with friends, her two brothers, her grandparents, and going on outings with her mentor Ann. Courtney and her mom Elmeta shared a special bond.
After she graduated from Arsenal Technical High School, Courtney attended Indiana State University where she was inducted into Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority. After graduating with her bachelor’s degree, Courtney began her career in the insurance industry. Along with a group of close friends, Courtney was a founding member of F.I.R.S.T. C.L.A.S.S., a nonprofit organization that provided educational encouragement and role models for Black girls. She worked for Liberty Mutual Insurance for over fifteen years, receiving numerous promotions before retiring for health reasons.
Her son Chandler James Timothy Campbell was born on February 16, 2004. Courtney found her true calling in motherhood. Courtney loved spending time with Chandler and became an active member of many resource groups for parents of children with special needs. Chandler is a bright, feisty and outgoing young man. Courtney and Chandler formed important friendships and support systems with families from Chandler’s schools.
In her spare time, Courtney kept in close touch with friends and family and loved attending live comedy shows and theater. Always ready for travel, she enjoyed good road trips and visiting new places. Courtney was known for her impeccable sense of style and coordinating events for any occasions, but she will be remembered most as a devoted mom, daughter and sister who centered the needs of Chandler and her loved ones.
Courtney died on August 9, 2022, in Eskenazi Hospital following a long illness. She was preceded in death by her mother, Elmeta, her brother Sean Chaney, her grandparents Ella B. Jenkins and Rev. Ivan Jenkins. Courtney is survived by her son Chandler Campbell, and her brother James Burroughs (Charity Burroughs), her nephew Andile, niece Jamie and guardian angels Gerald Ellis, Stanley Bibbs, and Eric Vaugn. Courtney leaves behind a host of aunts, uncles, cousins, and friends of whom Courtney was very fond.