With sadness, we announce the passing of Carol Campbell after a brave and courageous battle with glioblastoma.
Carol is survived by her husband of years 43 years James Malcolm Campbell; her brother James Thomas Templeton; nephews Mike (Claire, Leif), Tom (Lana) and her Templeton - Milne cousins; her life-long friends the Holland Girls; Calvin (Jean) Campbell, Ross (Judy) Campbell, Bryon Campbell, Carolyn Cardiff; and many nieces and nephews.
She was predeceased by her parents Tom and Gertie (Milne) Templeton; her sister-in-law Lynne Templeton; her in-laws Kathleen Campbell and Duncan Campbell; her brother-in-law Bruce Campbell and his wife Leslie Campbell.
Carol was born January 14, 1949 in Dauphin, Manitoba and later that year their family moved to Holland, Manitoba. Carol embraced her small town upbringing and joined many activities such as singing in the United Church Choir, CGIT, 4-H Sewing Club, cheerleading, and middle distance track
She attended Holland School until grade 11 when the school closed. The following year she graduated from Treherne High School. She went on to Teacher Education at the University of Manitoba obtaining her teaching degree. From there, she taught at Ochre River and substituted in schools in Winnipeg before changing careers. She was employed by CIBC for over 30 years.
Carol met her husband James and they were married July 28, 1979.
Carol enjoyed a variety of music. For several years she and James attended live concerts, the Jazz Festival, Winnipeg Symphony and the Folk Festival.
She was an avid sports fan especially the Winnipeg Blue Bombers and the Winnipeg Jets. She could watch curling for hours.
In retirement, Carol joined a ladies’ golf group at Silver Harbour and made several friends there. Along with James, she learned how to play bridge at their community centre. Carol enjoyed her back yard and grew some amazing calla lilies. James and Carol also spent some winters in Palm Springs and Texas where she enjoyed the warmer weather.
Carol had a huge heart and was a faithful friend. She made new friends wherever she went but her “special Holland girl friends “, Bonnie, Karen, Linda , Sharon , and Terry, have kept in touch for over 70 years. Together they had memorable get togethers every 5 years. Her favourite was the one to San Juan Islands and the road trip it took to get there. Traditionally, she always made “Sex in a Pan “ as a treat while on these excursions.
Carol was everyone’s knowledge keeper; she had a mind like a computer and could remember important and trivial information. Family and friends will miss being able to tap into that endless source of information.
Special thanks to Gwenda Templeton, her friend, cousin and advocate at Riverview Health Centre and the Grace Hospital Hospice. She spent countless hours being there for Carol.
Also, thanks to Sharon and Linda who were there to support, visit, help with meals and sit with her.
Thanks to staff at the Grace Hospital Hospice who were amazing, kind and respectful.
At Carol’s request, cremation has taken place and there will be no service.
Carol will be laid to rest at a later date at the Basswood Cemetery, Basswood Mb.
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