Obituary: Louise Campbell

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Louise Georgena Cole Campbell, 90, of Santa Barbara, died Friday, May 5, 2006 at home.

Ms. Campbell was born Jan. 4, 1916 in Los Angeles to Arthur and Frances Cole. She grew up with her brother Victor in Long Beach. The family vacationed frequently at their family cabin on River Drive in Idyllwild that they purchased in 1923. The cabin is still in the family.

She received her degree in elementary teaching with an emphasis on music from UCLA and taught for three years in Seal Beach.

In June 1939, she married Hugh A. Campbell. Son Bruce was born in 1941 and daughter Carly in 1943. Her husband taught high school music and then served in the U.S. Army Air Force.

In 1947, the family moved to Santa Barbara where Mr. Campbell became a distributor for the Los Angeles Times and San Francisco Chronicle. Ms. Campbell lived at the Micheltorena home there until her death.

In the 1950s, the couple divorced. She taught school for three years and then was an officer at the Santa Barbara County Probation Department for the next 20 years. She worked with dependent children and teen-age wards of juvenile court.

By 1962 with her children in college, Ms. Campbell traveled every weekend to the Long Beach home of her aging, widowed mother. After her mother’s death, she continued the weekend travels to care for her elder Uncle Elmer in Long Beach until his passing.

In 1977, Ms. Campbell retired and began traveling. She enjoyed many long visits with her daughters’ family in Phoenix; her son, who served in the U.S. Navy and then became a banker in San Jose; and her brothers’ family in St. Helena.

In 1986, her son moved into her Santa Barbara home when she was age 70. While he worked in school transportation, she joined the Grandmother’s Club and enjoyed many hobbies. She hand-sewed more than 100 quilts for family and friends, and corresponded prolifically by letter with a great many people.

Her memory is cherished by many and she was a person who always gave of herself. She loved life and did her best to spread that love to everyone.

Burial was in Inglewood Cemetery next to her parents. McDermott-Crockett Mortuary handled arrangements.

Ms. Campbell is survived by her son, Bruce; her daughter, Carly (Ray) Volk; two granddaughters, Glenda and Carolyn; a grandson, Mark Volk; in-laws Dewey and Michelle; and five great-grandchildren, London, Nathaniel, Elyse, Ashley and Kyle.

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