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Ethel Campbell

Ethel Campbell, 78, of Shannon City passed away August 19, 2016, at the Mount Ayr Health Care Center. The funeral service will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday, August 23, 2016, at Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church in Mount Ayr; the Rev. John Rutz will officiate the service. Burial will be in the Rose Hill Cemetery in Mount Ayr. Open visitation will be Monday, August 22, 2016, from 12:00 to 8:00 p.m., with family present from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m., at the Armstrong Funeral Home in Mount Ayr. Memorials may be made to the Ringgold County Conservation Board's Dragoon Trace Nature Center, Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church, American Legion Auxiliary, or a charity of the donor's choice. Online condolences may be left at www.armstrongfh.com.

Ethel Alma (Rasmussen) Campbell was born April 9, 1938 in the home of her parents, Alfred Theodore and Alma Kirstine (Jacobsen) Rasmussen. She was baptized, confirmed, and married in the Lake Evangelical Lutheran Church in rural Renwick, Iowa.

On February 22, 1958, she was united in marriage to Donald Campbell. Don, Ethel, and their three sons, Douglas, Dwayne, and Darwin, moved to the present-day family farm near Shannon City in 1967, which she managed until declining health necessitated her move into the Mount Ayr Health Care Center's assisted living unit.

Ethel devoted her life to Jesus Christ; to her family, as a wife and homemaker; and to the success of the family farm. She fearlessly operated equipment, harvested the crops, cared for livestock, and brought meals to the field during the busy season. She was honest and fair, and served her community as a steadfast Ringgold County Supervisor, Assistant Commissioner for Ringgold County Soil and Water Conservation District, a member of the Podiatry Board of Iowa, and a board member of the Southern Iowa Rural Water Association, where she was known for her dedication, attention to detail, and decisions that supported the community

Ethel's hobbies included gardening, raising flowers, collecting and sharing dolls with the doll club, and hand-crafting quilts that she entered in the county and state fairs and ultimately gave away to her family. A gracious host with a generous heart, she provided home-cooked meals, especially around holidays and birthdays; they were her gift to her family and friends. Her baked goods were exceptional; especially her homemade pies.

Ethel was preceded in death by her parents; husband Donald; her siblings (and their spouses) Bernita Westling, Larry and Patricia Rasmussen, and Virgil Rasmussen, brother-in-law Jerry Hanson; and niece Kimberly Rasmussen.

She is survived by her sons and their wives, Douglas & Dayna Campbell, Dwayne & Karin Campbell, and Darwin & Julie Campbell; her grandchildren, Chelsea (Campbell) & Cody McKinley, Wesley & Megan Campbell, Hayden and Austin Campbell, Alison, Asa, and Rylie Campbell; her great-grandchildren, Victoria and Kolden Campbell; her siblings and their spouses Dean & Yvonne Rasmussen, Doris Hanson, brother-in-law Robert Westling, sister-in-law Joan Rasmussen; and many cousins, nieces, and nephews.

Service Date: August 23, 2016

Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church
Mount Ayr, Iowa
Tuesday, August 23, 2016
10:30 a.m.

Armstrong Funeral Home
Mount Ayr, Iowa
Open Viewing: 12:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Monday, August 22
Family Present: 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Monday, August 22

Rose Hill Cemetery
Mount Ayr, Iowa

Ringgold County Conservation Board’s Dragoon Trace Nature Center
Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church
American Legion Auxiliary
the donor’s choice.

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I\'m sorry I didn\'t get a card taken to the funeral home, but have wonderful memories of Ethyl. I was a member of the Benton Town Council years ago and she was a supervisor. I had occasion to be at the same meetings she was at. I enjoyed seeing her at Mount Ayr Health Care with Don, and at assisted living at Christmas. She was so sweet and I\'m sure you will miss her. You are in my thoughts and prayers.

Linda Barber Aug 25 2016 12:00 AM

Dear Doug, Dwayne, Darwin & Families, I feel so bad I was unable to attend Ethel's funeral. She was a one-of-a-kind lady with a spunky attitude, true grit and such an array of talents. She had a work ethic like no other and I have no doubt she and your Dad instilled that in all of you. She impacted my life very much and at an early age. Some of my fondest memories are of our family coming down to visit for weekends in the summers. I loved your farm and all the fun that could be had on it. Your Mom could cook like no other and she always made the best meals for everyone! She is a huge part of why I have such a love for cooking and especially baking. I fondly remember her making barbie doll clothes for me. i know she had a great faith in God as well and i have no doubt she is at peace in heaven now after her earthly journey. I know she will be missed by many. You have all had a tough, tough year with having to say goodbye to both parents in the same year. I'm so sorry for that. No matter what the circumstances, I don't think we are ever ready for that final goodbye and it's never easy. Hold tight to all the memories that you cherish, now and forever. Much love and prayers go out to all of you. Again, wish I could have been there to give you all hugs and support. -- Colleen

Colleen Soma Aug 24 2016 12:00 AM

You all are in our thoughts and prayers. We will always cherish the memories of when you came out to Colorado. We'll never forget that mountain lion story!

Brian Austin Aug 22 2016 12:00 AM

My most heartfelt condolences to Darwin and family - I'm so sorry for your loss! I didn't know your Mom, but she must have been a very special lady!

Drena Aug 21 2016 12:00 AM

Ethel was a great neighbor to our family for so many years. Her kindness and care for my Grandmother Maxine as she aged was so appreciated. My sincere condolences to Ethel's family. She was a wonderful lady.

Amanda Werner Getschman Aug 20 2016 12:00 AM