Helen Merle Campbell, age 94, of Oregon, former high school teacher in Cokato, passed away Wednesday, June 27, 2018.
She was born Oct. 14, 1923, in Chicago, IL, to John and Cora Houser, the first of two children. Her father, John, was a pastor serving in Illinois and Nebraska, before moving to Marshall, MN.
In 1935, the family moved to Minneapolis, where Merle graduated from North High School.
She enrolled at Augsburg College in Minneapolis in 1941, just months before Pearl Harbor Day, later transferring to Wheaton College in Illinois, then back to Augsburg to graduate in 1947.
She taught high school in Cokato, and at Salem Academy in Oregon.
Merle showed talent for the piano early in life and played in school events and for church services.
She was united in marriage to Roy Campbell June 18, 1948, at Lebanon, OR. They lived in Minnesota, Dallas, TX, and Salem while Roy pursued his education following service in the Navy during World War II.
In addition to making a home, mothering her children, and serving as a very active pastor’s wife, in 1965, Merle returned to teaching when the local community college president asked her to join the faculty and teach English. This became a 23-year career at Umpqua Community College. Merle was a member of Delta Kappa Gamma, and retired from teaching in 1988.
Merle also loved to travel, assisting Roy with leading three trips to the Holy Land.
Following Roy’s stroke in 1996, Merle stayed at his side, providing constant care and support. Following Roy’s death in 2005, Merle resided in various care facilities, most recently Marquis Care of Newberg, OR, where fantastic care was provided.
In addition to her husband, Roy, Merle was preceded in death by her parents.
She is survived by two sons, Mark (Shelley) Campbell of Newberg, OR, and Clark (Donell) Campbell of Fullerton, CA; one daughter, Angelique Crown-Grey (Dan) of Rancho Mirage, CA; one brother, John T. (Barbara) Houser of Lacey, WA; one sister-in-law, Ellen Point of Buffalo, MN; seven grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; three nephews; and two nieces.
Funeral services and interment have taken place in Oregon. Memorial contributions may be made to The Gideons International.
Arrangements were with Attrell’s Funeral Chapels in Oregon. Please see attrells.com for additional information.