Leola M. Campbell, 91, of Riggins, ID, passed away of natural causes at her home on November 14, 2018.
Leola was born October 6, 1927 at Basalt, Idaho, to Victor Erastus and Sarah Lewella (Teeples} Frandsen. She was the youngest of 12 children. She attended school in Basalt and Firth, Idaho. She graduated from Blackfoot High School with the class of 1945. Leola married Harold Andrew Daffin on November 23, 1944. They were blessed with three daughters: Judy, Vicky, and Joanne. Harold tragically died in a construction accident while working for Morrison-Knudsen on June 21, 1952.
Leola married Paul Albert Campbell on July 8, 1953. After their marriage, Leola and the girls relocated to Boise where Paul was employed. Paul drove truck and spent many days and hours driving long haul. The family was happy when the trucking company transferred Paul to Riggins in November 1956, enabling him to be home every evening. Paul and Leola remained in Riggins for the rest of their lives. In the summer of 1957, Paul’s 12 year old son, John, joined the family intermittently until he graduated from Salmon River High school in 1963.
Her daughter’s remember Leola as the fun Mom. Leola was the Mom who took her girls and their friends camping and on adventures, or helped them prep for school dances. She was the one who shot her own elk and deer after Paul made sure she had her own 257 rifle with a short stock that fit her. She always encouraged learning, listening, and loving those around you.
With Paul’s support and encouragement, Leola registered at Boise State University, with her youngest daughter Joanne. Leola graduated in 1971 with her Bachelor’s degree in Education. She obtained a teaching job at the Riggins Grade School that lasted for nineteen satisfying years. Leola retired in 1989 due to hearing loss. Anyone who completed the fourth or fifth grade in those nineteen years will remember the threat of the “checkered apron.”
After Paul retired and Leola was still teaching school, they served as ordinance workers at the Boise Idaho Temple for seven years. This meant they would travel from Riggins to Boise every Friday night to the Judy Spickelmire home and spend time with the grandkids and Judy. On Saturday, they would work and serve at the new temple before driving home that night. They continued to do this until Paul became too ill to continue the hours and the travel. It was a highlight of their lives.
Paul passed away in July of 1997. Being a widow for the second time in her life saddened Leola beyond words, but did not stop her from living and serving the Lord. She filled her time with more gardening, sewing, and travel. In July of 2000 to November of 2001, Leola served a genealogical mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints in Salt Lake City, Utah.
Leola proudly and devotedly spent her life serving her church, the community and her family. She had many close friends that are more like sisters or daughters: Mary Moore, Beate Cook, Ruth Mahurin, and Carol Astle to sparsely name a few. She will be missed by many.
Before the list of survivors and loved ones, the family would like to extend a special Thank You to those who made Leola’s last year comfortable, meaningful, and filled with dignity: Jerry and Joanne Wolcott, Dr. Secrest, St. Mary’s Hospital and Clinics, Syringa Hospice, Cody Farmer, and the endless visits from friends and family.
Leola is survived by her daughters, Judy Spickelmire, Vicky Lowe Dunlap (Warren), and Joanne Wolcott (Jerry), daughter-in-law, Lorraine Campbell, grandchildren Mona Lee Slichter (Todd), Dick Spickelmire (Lorri), Tena Rogers (Scott), Jena Morgan (Tony), Kirk Spickelmire, Luke Lowe (Debbie), Layton Lowe (Mindy), Lorinda Hughes (Dwight), Jed Lowe, Jason Wolcott (Heather), Jarom Wolcott (Windy), Joshua Wolcott (Coralee), Jaymalee Johnson (Chris), Justice Wolcott (Nicole), Joanna Francescut (Corey), Jerek Wolcott (Ashley), Joel Wolcott, Tim Campbell (Felicia), Jeannette Remington (Rich), Steven Campbell, Joy Swift (Justin), Paula Campbell, Aaron Campbell, David Campbell and Sarah Adams (Chris). 64 great grandchildren and 31 great great-grandchildren, many nieces, nephews, students and friends who will dearly miss her love and encouragement.
She was preceded in death by her husbands, Harold Daffin and Paul Campbell, her son, John Campbell, her parents Victor and Lewella Frandsen, her brothers, Lloyd, Vernon, Irvin, Eldon, Orlin, Marvin, Merlin, and Neil Frandsen, sisters Erma Jones, Ruby Frandsen and Zella Criddle, granddaughters, Jeralee Wolcott and Jennifer Spickelmire, sons-in-law, Jerry Spickelmire and Lester Lowe.
A viewing will be held Saturday, November 24, 2018 from 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm MST at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Days Saints in Riggins. Funeral service will follow at the Salmon River High School Multi-purpose gym at 1:30 MST in Riggins, Id. Arrangements are under the direction of the Blackmer Funeral Home of Grangeville.
In lieu of flowers, please donate toward the purchase of a bench in the name of Leola Campbell at the Pine Tree Credit Union in Riggins, Id. She always appreciated a place to rest while walking through town.