Elizabeth Mae Campbell
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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. Bettie was living with her oldest son Craig and his wife Tricia in Virginia Beach. She died peacefully from accumulated afflictions of old 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. Somehow, she was never quite the same after her husband left her behind - as she characterized it. Bettie is survived by her sister, Margaret Kuyper; her four sons and daughters-in-law: Craig Van Harten and Patricia Stortz Campbell, Donald Jock and Patty McAlpin Campbell, Mark Chapin and Cathy Henry Campbell and Christopher David and Julie Fanslow Campbell; her nine grandchildren Kristin Campbell, Alison Campbell, Stephanie (and Graham) Hall, Melinda (and Aaron) Higley, Captain David Campbell (USMC), LTjg Geoffrey Campbell, LTjg Kevin (and Kelly) Campbell, DJ Campbell and Cara Campbell; and her three great grandchildren Alyssa, Eli and Landon; plus other nieces, nephews, cousins and other more distant relatives.
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 for the Southwest Pacific and flying duty with the 8th Air Force in New Guinea in the war against the Japanese. Don returned some two years later as a celebrated combat hero. Less than two years later Don was sent to China to fight in with forces of the Chinese Nationalists against the Communist forces of Mao Tse Tung. Don returned a year later to learn how to live a semi-normal married life with Bettie. They 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. He retired from the Air Force in 1977. 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 she raised her four sons, Bettie devoted herself to several different hobbies. She loved music and sang in many choirs - to include the coral 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 like bridge and scrabble.
Bettie devoted her life to her family, her friends and her churches. No wife was ever more devoted to her husband, no mother 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 at Arlington at a future date. A graveside service at Arlington will be held when the date can be arranged. Donations in lieu of flowers may be sent to the Donald and Elizabeth Campbell Memorial Fund, McIlwain Presbyterian Church, 1220 East Blount St, Pensacola, FL32503.
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Published in Pensacola News Journal on July 10, 2013