Leona "Ruth" Campbell, 92, passed away Monday, April 3, 2017, in Wichita, KS, having recently moved there from Topeka to be near family. Ruth was born on October 16, 1924, in Glenrock, WY, the youngest daughter of David Thomas and Allie Marie (Shanes) Miller. She and George Willis Campbell met when they were 15 and were wed on July 26, 1946, at the First Methodist Church in Baltimore, MD, at age 21; and they were married for 70 years before "GW" passed on December 12, 2016.
During WWII, Ruth was a member of the United States Cadet Nurse Corps. She entered the nursing program at St Mary's College in Leavenworth, KS, and completed her training in 1947 at Providence Hospital, Kansas City, KS. Being married to a U.S. Marine, Ruth and the children relocated whenever possible to accommodate the transfers of his 21-year military career, her favorite location clearly being Hawaii. Following his retirement, the family moved to Topeka, KS, where Ruth resumed nursing at the Veterans Hospital, retiring in 1985 after 21 years of dedicated service. Ruth loved nursing and was a proud member of the Cadet Nurse Corps. She was also a member of the National Society of the Daughter of the American Revolution and The National Society of the Colonial Dames of American.
Known as "Grandma Ruth", she had fond memories of caring for wee ones in the nursery at Topeka First Assembly Church for many years--oh, how she loved those babies! She also gave of herself as an unpaid nurse to church members and friends who needed care. Ruth finished her course as member of Wanamaker Road Baptist Church where she is remembered as an encourager and a caring, fun-loving lady. She volunteered for several fun years at Findables, a not-for-profit shop in Topeka that helps support Midland Cares.
While Ruth seemed to find joy in all she did, her greatest joy was her love of the Lord and her love of her family. Even though the original show had been off the air for 45 years, Ruth and GW never tired of watching the “Lawrence Welk’s Champagne Hour” throughout its many years of PBS reruns and still enjoyed dancing to his music in front of the TV—and today we can envision them happily dancing to his music again.
Ruth was preceded in death by her parents, her beloved husband, and son, John William Campbell; sisters Pearl Mary Miller Bowers and Grace Marie Miller Lamb; brothers Lee Edward Miller and Harry David Miller. She is survived by two daughters, Rose Marie (Grover) Miller of KC, KS and Phyllis Susanne "Sue" (Curtis) Irby of Wichita; daughter-in-law Lisa Jo Campbell of Topeka; grandchildren Christopher (Nicole) Irby of Lakewood, CO, Michelle Willhite of Wichita, Matthew Irby of Phoenix, AZ, Kimberlee (John) Glowacki of Columbia Falls, MT, and Marc Miller of Kansas City, KS; great-grandchildren Isabella Willhite, Samuelle Willhite, Dakota Ward, Mason Miller, Kate Glowacki and Virginia Irby.
A joint graveside service for both Ruth and G.W. is scheduled at the Leavenworth National Cemetery, Leavenworth, KS on June 2, 2017 at 1:30 pm. Earthly speaking, after 70 years of marriage, they would be pleased to know they are being laid to rest at the same time, same place—heavenly
speaking, nothing could be better than abiding together in the presence of their Savior for all eternity.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Midland Care, 200 SW Frazier Circle Topeka, KS 66606 or the Wanamaker Road Baptist Church, 2700 SW Wanamaker Rd Topeka, KS 66614.