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JOAN MARLENE CAMPBELL (published on May 02, 2009)

JOAN MARLENE CAMPBELL (RIDDELL) Mom was born November 4, 1935 in Swan River, Manitoba. She passed away in Winnipeg on the morning of April 27, 2009. She is survived by her sons David of Alberta and Don (Carolyne) of Winnipeg. She is also survived by her grandchildren Kendra, Tiffany and Tasha, her sister Beth Yetman (Ralph) of White Rock, BC, her aunt Lois McKay of Swan River, her nieces and nephews and many great nieces and nephews and for good measure some great-great-nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her brother Bob Riddell Sr. and his wife Shirley, both of whom Mom dearly missed after their separate passings in 2004. Ironically, Mom passed on Shirley's birthday. She will be missed by many friends in Winnipeg and Victoria. She was particularly looking forward to Janet's visit in May and enjoyed her regular calls with Mary in Victoria, Jean in Winnipeg and her sister Beth. Mom didn't have an easy ride in this life. But it didn't mean she didn't persevere and succeed. She graduated as the Governor General's Award winner from Viscount Alexander Collegiate and obtained her Bachelor of Human Ecology (as it would now be called) from the University of Manitoba, winning numerous awards during the course of her university studies. She eventually landed back in Winnipeg in 1971 after great experiences in Europe and across Canada and the United States, a single (divorced) mother, starting from scratch with two boys, a six and 10 year-old in tow. Not easy stuff. She re-integrated herself into the workforce and eventually ran the dietetics department at the Deer Lodge Centre where she took pride in her support for the veterans in her care. While there she managed to dodge the curveballs thrown her way and went back to school to the University of Manitoba in the late 1980s (I would carpool with her some days; my other friend in the car said she drove conservatively when I was in the car, but like a NASCAR driver if I wasn't - go figure). She retired in 1993 after her dear friend and companion Dick Tritt passed away. She really enjoyed her time with Dick and the many years at Victoria Beach. She moved to Victoria in 1994 to be closer to Bob and Shirley and those were also very satisfying years for her. Her health deteriorated, unfortunately, and she moved back to Winnipeg in the fall of 2007. She didn't always make the best roommate while she convalesced, but was always unfailingly polite and she was able to convey what she wanted -absolutely she let you know. She moved into the Westhaven in 2008 and lived there until her passing. We want to extend the greatest amount of gratitude to the staff at the Westhaven, the home care nurses and the home health care aids. I am told that we have the best home care treatment program in the country and I believe it. We are truly fortunate in Manitoba and my mother was able to live on her own till the end. If you haven't gone and said a hearty thank you to a health care worker or nurse or staff at a facility who is taking care of a loved one; go do it now, they positively deserve it. Thank you for making our Mom's last year and a half as comfortable as possible -it is so much appreciated. And thank you to Irene for all of your help and friendship over the past 18 months. In accordance with Mom's wishes, there will be no service. Cards of condolence may be sent to 257 Wharton Blvd., Winnipeg, MB R2Y 0T3. A donation may be made to a charity of your choice.


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