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Elizabeth Mae (Van Harten) Campbell, a native of Cincinnati, Ohio and 1939 graduate of Western Hills High School, passed away on 8 July 2013 at the age of 92. She died peacefully from afflictions of age. She died as she had lived, with gracefulness, beloved by family and with abiding faith in the saving power of her Christian faith. Bettie had been married to the love of her life, Brigadier General Donald Campbell, for some 65 years when he died in 2007. Bettie is survived by her sister, Margaret Kuyper; her four sons and daughters-in-law: Craig & Tricia, Jock & Patty, Mark & Cathy and Christopher & Julie; her nine grandchildren: Kristin, Alison, Stephanie, Melinda, David, Geoffrey, Kevin, DJ and Cara; and three great grandchildren: Alyssa, Eli and Landon. Bettie was born to Zeger and Alice Van Harten on May 4th, 1921. She met Donald Campbell in high school. Donald joined the Army Air Corps in 1941 when World War II was looming on the horizon. Bettie and Don were married in San Francisco just prior to Don's departure flying duty with the 8th Air Force in New Guinea in the war against the Japanese. After the war Don and Bettie lived in Cincinnati until 1966 when they moved to Wilmington, Ohio where B/G Campbell was the Commander of the 302nd Troop Carrier Wing. Bettie and Don moved to Vienna, VA in 1971 when Don became Deputy Commander of the Air Force Reserve Program. Bettie and Don continued living in Vienna until they moved to Pensacola, FL in 1988. Bettie lived there until the family moved her to Virginia Beach in late 2011. After raising her four sons, Bettie devoted herself to several different hobbies. She loved music and sang in many choirs - to include the choral group who sang for military funerals at Arlington. She was a talented artist who produced many beautiful paintings. She was an exceptional cook, an enthusiastic golfer and a she loved playing all types of games. Bettie devoted her life to her family, her friends and her churches. No wife was ever more devoted to her husband, no matriarch was ever more dedicated to her family and no one ever had a better, more loyal friend. She was a stalwart member of her church in each place she lived: most notably Parkview Heights Christian Reformed Church in Cincinnati, Grace Presbyterian Church in Vienna, VA and McIlwain Presbyterian Church in Pensacola, FL. This wonderful, gracious lady will be profoundly missed by the family and friends she loved so dearly. The family will hold a memorial service with Bettie in Virginia Beach, VA on Saturday, 13 July. She will be interred with her husband in Arlington at a future date. Donations in lieu of flowers may be sent to McIlwain Presbyterian Church (for the Donald and Elizabeth Campbell Memorial Fund), 1220 East Blount St, Pensacola, FL 32503
Published in The Cincinnati Enquirer on July 10, 2013