She was the mightiest voice of the greatest female trio in gospel.
And if she had wished it, Chicagoan DeLois Barrett Campbell surely could have been a far bigger star singing solo in jazz, blues, pop, Broadway, you name it.
But Campbell and her siblings, who for more than 60 years performed as the Barrett Sisters, early in life found a kind of personal salvation in sacred music and clung to it despite hardships that never really flagged.
Campbell died Tuesday at a Chicago hospital of complications from pneumonia, said her sister, Billie Barrett GreenBey. She was 85 and had been battling arthritis, cardiac problems and other ailments for years.
"She was the...