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Elizabeth Campbell

CAMPBELL, ELIZABETH - Elizabeth Hanorah Campbell (nee O'Connor), faithful wife of Edward Campbell and proud and loving mother of William Franklin (Halifax) and Michael Andrew (Vancouver), succumbed peacefully to cancer on May 26th, in her 69th year. Elizabeth was born in Sussex, NB, in 1941. She trained as a nurse in Saint John (St. Joseph's Hospital) and then, in search of some adventure, joined the Royal Canadian Air Force as a nursing officer. She was selected for advanced training as a surgical nurse at St. Michael's Hospital in Toronto and was then sent off to the United States Air Force to train as an aero-medical evacuation nurse. During the Vietnam War she served, as a Canadian exchange nurse, with the USAF, caring for gravely wounded soldiers who were being evacuated home from South East Asia. She then went to the British Military Hospital in Iserlohn, in Northern Germany, as a surgical nurse. It was there that she met her future husband. A posting home, to Trenton, followed and then came marriage, children, further postings with her husband, including ones she especially enjoyed to Kingston and Brunssum in the Netherlands, and then, finally, to Ottawa. She mixed nursing, as a reserve force officer and as a civilian nurse at the National Defence Medical Centre, and motherhood with a careful and loving balance - because she loved and excelled at both roles. Elizabeth was a faithful and generous member of Saint Patrick's and of Queen of the Most Holy Rosary Parishes, a cheerful 'regular' at the Nursing Sisters' luncheons, and a caring neighbour. She was predeceased by her brother, Paul and by her sisters Eleanor and Yvonne. She is survived and missed by her sisters Anne, who lovingly helped her in the last days and hours of her life, and Imelda and brother Joseph. The family wishes to thank the skilled and very kind staff at the Ottawa Hospital, General Campus, especially those in Emergency and on 7 West. Elizabeth lover her God, her family, her friends and her country. A selfless, generous soul, she gave much more to all than she received. She will be sadly missed by all who were lucky enough to know her.
Friends may pay respects at the Kelly Funeral Home 585 Somerset Street (Centretown) Tuesday, May 31, 2011 from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9p.m.. Funeral Wednesday to St. Patrick's Basilica (Nepean and Kent) for Mass of Christian Funeral at 9:30 a.m. Interment Hope Cemetery. In Memoriam donations to Queen of the Most Holy Rosary Parish (1153 Wellington St W Ottawa, ON K1Y 2Y9) are appreciated. www.kellyfh.ca

 

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