OBITUARY - DOROTHY BLANCHE (STAMPER) CAMPBELL
Dorothy Blanche CAMPBELL was born to Harry and Blanche (CLEMONS) STAMPER on August 13, 1915, at a farm home in Ringgold
county, Iowa. She attended Diagonal school and graduated as valedictorian in 1933.
Dorothy married Owen CAMPBELL on February 9, 1944, and they were fortunate to celebrate their golden wedding anniversary.
They dedicated their lives to family and community. As a couple, they were a very special aunt and uncle to their nieces,
nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews.
Dorothy's career included employment at Dolecheck's in Diagonal, Iowa and O. C. Hammer's, John Freeland's and Anthony's in
Mount Ayr, Iowa. She was secretary to the Ringgold county engineer for thirty years, retiring in August 1982.
Dorothy was a longtime member of the Methodist church, Eastern Star, American Legion Auxiliary and Embers. She served as
secretary of the Rose Hill Cemetery board for many years. Dorothy loved cooking and gardening and liked playing cards with
her canasta club.
Most recently, Dorothy resided at Clearview Estates where she was among a family of friends. She enjoyed the many
activities there, especially after-meal kitchen duties, and the staff gave her the title of "best dishwasher loader" of
As was Owen, she will be remembered as a pillar of the community. Dorothy will be truly missed by all for her love, care
and friendship that she shared so generously.
Dorothy was preceded in death by her parents; husband; and brothers-in-law, Howard GORDON and W. A. STEPHENS.
Survivors include sisters, Helen GORDON, Betty BLESSMAN and husband Leroy and Marietta COBB and husband Dean; brother,
Harry STAMPER and wife Corrine; and many nieces and nephews.
Funeral services were held Saturday, January 26, 2002, at Wilson-Watson & Armstrong Funeral Home in Mount Ayr with
Reverend Susan THOMAS officiating. Music was provided by Nancy SACKETT, Margaret BICKERS and Mary TRULLINGER. Casket
bearers were Chuck GORDON, Tom LaPOUR, Larry GORDON, Jim BLESSMAN, Steve GORDON, Ron SCHLAPIA and Kevin NELSON.
Dorothy was laid to rest in the Rose Hill Cemetery, Mount Ayr.
Memorials have been established in her name for the American Legion, Mount Ayr Meal Site and Mount Ayr Fire Department.
Transciption by Sharon R. Becker, March of 2010
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