Edna Helen Campbell
Edna Helen Klein Campbell, beloved and devoted wife of Donald A. Campbell, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, May 22, 2013 at home in Gowanda.
Loving mother of Susan C. Torrance, Sandra C. Brzezinski and Karen C. Meyer and sons-in-law John A. Torrance and Paul A. Meyer, she is also survived by her eight loving grandchildren and their spouses and 15 wonderful great grandchildren, and by many loving nieces and nephews, friends and devoted caregivers.
Edna, her friends and family, were all looking forward to celebrating her 100th birthday in September.
Born in Rochester to Charles P. and Ethel Taunton Klein, Edna was predeceased by her sister, Ruth Klein Toothman and brother, John Arthur Klein. Young Edna and her siblings later moved to Salamanca, N.Y. after the death of their parents. In 1936 Edna and Don settled in Gowanda which they called home for the past 77 years. During that time Edna worked with her husband building a successful grocery business there.
She was an active leader in the Western New York Chapter of the Girl Scouts, a faithful member of St. Mary’s Episcopal Church and an active director of the Altar Guild, the Women’s Auxiliary, and served as a Sunday School teacher and choir member. She was a lifelong member of The Order of the Eastern Star, Ramona Chapter #344. On May 26th Edna and Don would have celebrated their 78th wedding anniversary.
Edna made it her life’s mission to make the world a better place, one person at a time, and lived by the motto: “I may never pass this way again, so therefore, let me do all the good I can do today.” In her 99 and a half years, she did a world of good for all of us. She will be forever in our hearts.
Calling hours will be held at Mentley’s Funeral Home, East Main Street, Gowanda, New York, on Saturday and Sunday, May 25th and 26th from 3-5 p.m. The funeral will be held at St. Mary’s Episcopal Church, Center Street, Gowanda, New York at 1:00 on Monday, May 27th; internment will be at the Pine Hill Cemetery. Memorials may be made to St. Mary’s Episcopal Church, the Alzheimer’s Association or the Muscular Dystrophy Association.