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Dorothy Esther (McDonald) Campbell

September 22, 1928 ~ March 15, 2021 (age 92)


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Dorothy Esther Campbell (nee McDonald), our dear mother, Grandmother & GG, passed away on Monday March 15, 2021, at the Glenboro Personal Care Home at the age of 92 years.

            Dorothy was predeceased by husband Roy Campbell (2000), daughter Karen Nikkel, granddaughter Lori (Park) Wopnford, grandson Billy Cooney, great grandchild Kian Campbell, parents Russell & Laura McDonald and her brother Jim McDonald.

  Those left to cherish her wonderful memory are her children Judy (Jim) Park of Carman, MB, Connie (Jack) Woods of Okanagan Falls, BC, Vern (Deborah) Campbell of Belmont, MB, Debbie (Jack) Fisher of Rimbey, AB, Ellen (Greg) Law of Cypress River, MB; thirteen grandchildren Rob (Jeanelle), Kara (Terry), Michael (Nikki), Mark (Char), Megan (Brian), Lisa (Scott), Janis, Amanda (Brett), Kendall (Barrett), Adam (Geraldine), Jaimie, Cal (Candice), Patrick (Nicole), Dorothy was blessed with 29 great grandchildren! She will also be dearly missed by her sister Betty (Leo) MacCumber of Minitonas, MB and sisters-in-law Evelyn Stephenson and Vivian Shelton.

Mum was the first born child of Russell & Laura McDonald, born on the farm near Belmont Manitoba. She had two siblings Jim & Betty. In 1946 she married Roy, " the young man down the road".   Together they raised 6 children on their farm 5 miles north of Belmont. 

            In a word, one could say that our Mum’s life was one of being the ultimate care giver.  In her early life she was the voice that spoke for her deaf parents, always there for her brother and sister, and later for her own children and grandchildren. 

            Life was full for Dorothy, always willing to give a hand whenever needed as an active community leader. First it was in the active lives of her children through 4H and figure skating.   Later, in retirement she accepted any community project, the most memorable was helping to compile "The Path of The Pioneers'' history book.  Later she became a board member and contributor to the Belmont Museum.  The United Church was important to her as she raised her children and after Roy’s passing the church community helped her adjust to a new way of belonging.  She was an active participant with the Red Cross......knitting mittens and toques and always canvassing.  She humbly accepted the Queens Diamond Jubilee Medal for her work with the Red Cross.

            Mum was never still!!!  She sewed endlessly. Clothing, costumes and then her wonderful quilts. Many would bring their mending and hemming to her capable hands. She simply needed to keep her hands and mind busy... always, her family and community were the recipients of her energy.   Being a good cook, doors were always open and welcoming which meant that her table was usually full, even at a moments notice. It was a joyous place to be. 

            Gardening was lifelong.  Her flowers and gardens were prizewinning. There never was a plant she couldn't bring back to life.

            Mum's life wasn't always work. She and Dad travelled extensively. They west to visit and help with family and new babies, and to both coasts of the country and also Hawaii.  When she and Dad weren't working, they danced!!  And what a wonderful dancer she was, giving her joy all throughout her life.

  Mum's extensive giving life began to falter a little a few years ago, when it became her family's turn to become her caregiver. She moved to Glen Haven in Glenboro and later to the Personal Care home there, where she received exceptional care.  The staff there became a new family and community which was very evident when anyone witnessed their loving and familiar hands. Words cannot express the family’s gratitude to the staff there for their professional and caring assistance. You are all so appreciated.

Funeral service will be held on Saturday March 20, 2021 in the Willmor Chapel with Sharon Hamilton officiating.  Interment will take place in the Hillside Cemetery, Belmont, MB.  Friends that so wish, memorial donations can be made in Dorothy’s memory to the Belmont Museum, c/o Jessie Myers, Box 92, Belmont, MB, R0K 0C0 or to Multiple Myeloma Canada, 1255 TransCanada, Suite 160, Dorval, QC, H9P 2V4.

The entire family looks forward to gathering together someday soon to celebrate her life when it is safer to travel and we are allowed again to visit around the table. 

 Friends may sign the memorial register book by calling 204-827-2480 or email us at jamiesonsfuneral@gmail.com and we will insert your name.  For those wishing to view the service, the webcast will be available to view on line at 6:00 pm or any time there after on our website at www.willmorchapel.com. 

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