Dolores Rose "Dee" Campbell (1928 - 2017)

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Seattle, Wash., resident and former Alaskan Dolores Rose "Dee" Campbell passed away peacefully at her home on Aug. 15, 2017, surrounded by her family. She was 88.
Dolores was born on Aug. 24, 1928, in Portland, Ore., to Roy V. and Lillian Miller. She grew up in the Russellville area and graduated from Gresham-Union High School. She worked for Portland retailers Bedells, Lerners, and Frederick & Nelson in Seattle.
She met her husband, U.S. Air Force pilot Larry Campbell, in Portland. They married on March 15, 1952, and made their home in Seattle's Madrona neighborhood. They were among the residents to first see and experience the 1962 Seattle World's Fair and the debut of the iconic Space Needle and the Monorail.
In 1963, the couple and their two boys moved to Anchorage, Alaska, where Larry was an air safety investigator with the Civil Aeronautics Board, later the National Transportation Safety Board. The family endured the Good Friday Earthquake on March 24, 1964, spending a short time actually living at the Air National Guard base with other Air Guard families while Larry, a captain, flew recovery missions after the quake.
Larry and Dolores were active in league bowling for a time, winning a fair share of trophies of which Dolores was especially proud. She also volunteered for many years for the Alaska Division of Elections as a polling place assistant.
Dolores was perhaps best known as a knitter, and she produced a prodigious amount of caps, mittens, scarves, dishcloths and other items. Her holiday Christmas stockings were her most popular item, though, and she sold dozens of them over the years at many holiday bazaars. Years after arthritis hampered her knitting, former customers still contacted her for additional stockings to accommodate their own growing families.
Dolores was preceded in death by her husband, Larry, on March 30, 1992.
In 2011, Dolores moved to Seattle to live with her daughter and son-in-law and their family. She remained a strong Seattle Mariners fan.
Besides her husband, Dolores was preceded in death by her parents; and sisters, Joyce Johnson and Betty Flu.
She is survived by her sons, Larry III and wife Melissa, Russ and wife Melanie, and Shawn; daughters, Sigrid and husband David Benezra, and Tara and husband Craig Hegemann; sisters, Rodella Renfro, Nancy Smith and Kathleen Hiatt; brothers, Roy Miller and Reginald Miller; grandchildren, Megan Whittemore and Jacob, Rebecca and Joshua Benezra; and many nieces and nephews.
A private gathering of family and friends is planned for a later date. In the meantime, the family asks that those who want to share condolences make a contribution to their local hospice service or senior center, or donate a skein of yarn to a favorite community crafts center.
Published in Anchorage Daily News from Aug. 30 to Aug. 31, 2017
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