Judith J. (Hames)
Judith J. (Hames) Campbell, 69, died in Denver, Colo., on March 28, 2013 following an 18 month old battle with mantle cell lymphoma.
A memorial service will be held in Lincoln in the Fall of 2013.
Donations can be made to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.
Judy is survived by her husband of 46 years, Curtis Campbell; their children, Elizabeth Campbell (Jeremy Lockwood) of Sacramento, Sam Campbell (Anna Senecal) of Green River, Wyoming; and her granddaughters, Sadie, age 12, Penelope age five, Beatrix age two; step-children: Paty Marshall-Stace, Cobden, Victoria, Australia; Joe (Beverly) Campbell of Cheyenne, Wyoming, Song Kowbell of Penn Valley, Calif., and John Campbell of Rough and Ready, Calif.; 10 step-grandchildren and 17 step-great-grandchildren. Judy's six siblings survive her: Vera (Bob) Tharp of Rathdrum, Idaho, Harlen (Betty) Hames of Sunnyside, Wash., Alan (Helen) Hames of Milwaukie, Ore., George Hames of Englewood, Colo., Ruth (Byrl) Skovgaard of Billings, Mont., and Robin (Rick) Maurer of Priest River, Idaho.
Judy was born in Billings, Montana in 1943. She graduated from Worland, Wyoming High School in 1961. She attended Anderson College, Indiana, CSUS and graduated from The University of San Francisco in 1995.
Judy retired as the Business Director for the Placer County Office of Education in Auburn, Calf., in 1999. She served 13 years as trustee on the Western Placer School District board. She lived on a small farm near Lincoln for 27 years before retiring to Arizona and Wyoming. She served in many capacities in the Lincoln Little League.
Always busy, she referred to her farm years as the "Little House on the prairie years", raising a large garden, cattle, pigs and kids. In 1967, shortly after they were married, Curt went to Vietnam flying combat missions. Judy took care of his kids ages five to 13. She was a tireless hiker climbing the highest mountain near her homes in Arizona and Wyoming. They climbed Medicine Bow Peak in the Snowy Range six years in a row even after her lymphoma diagnosis in 2011.
Judy will be remembered as an energetic and endlessly patient wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and sister. A brave lady who met every challenge she will not be forgotten by her many friends and co-workers.
Besides the birth of her children, if asked, Judy would say memorable events in her life were the birth of a granddaughter less than two years ago, seeing her attorney daughter argue a case before the U.S Supreme Court which she won 9 to 0, and seeing her son evolve from a bull rider, truck driver, heavy equipment operator to an operating room registered nurse. Having seen all her siblings tested and one donate bone marrow in an attempt to save her life as well as multiple visits from all of them during her treatment were important to Judy.
Published in Gold Country Media Newspapers on Apr. 9, 2013