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Barbara “Sue” Campbell 1937 - 2020
Barbara “Sue” Campbell  1937 - 2020
Barbara “Sue” Campbell 1937 - 2020

HOISINGTON — Barbara ‘Sue’ Campbell, 83, passed away on November 16th, 2020. Her death was due to complications from COVID-19; however, she was not alone and in the comfort of her Hoisington, KS home. 

On November 3rd, 1937, Sue was born to Walter ‘Shelby’ Hawkins and Letha Mae (Fisher) Hawkins in Maud, OK. She was an alumna of Hoisington High School, class of 1955. She married a dashing young Marine, Orville Richard “Dick” Campbell (1934-2008), on May 3rd, 1959 in Hoisington, KS. They had three wonderful, strong, and stubborn children: Russ, Rana and Robert. Professionally, she was a business owner of “Le Shop” hair salon and went on to be a proud employee of ElderCare, Inc. in Great Bend, KS where she retired after 18 years. Sue was an active member at the First United Methodist Church and was involved with American Legion Auxiliary, Post #286. Sue volunteered with Boy Scout Troop #130, and was a leader of Explorer post #013. 

Very few things were more important to her than God, family, and the people she surrounded herself with. She was firm and soft in all the ways a mother should be. She was a strong constant for all of the people who were a part of her beautiful life. She celebrated life in many “little” ways: ice cream and popcorn for dinner on Sundays, posting daily Bible verses, and tending to her flowers (real AND virtual). Sue was all but quiet in the kind of love and support she would give. She never forgot a birthday and strove to be there for important events. Sue found comfort in truth and never valued herself above others. 

She is survived by one son, Robert Campbell; one daughter, Rana Campbell (Richard Lynn); a daughter-in-law, Holly Campbell-Heinze (Ron Heinze); four grandchildren: Shiree Houf (Donnie Houf), Shelby Lynn, Ian Lynn (Michelle Castillo), Courtney Campbell (Marcus Allen); and two great-grandchildren, Arabell & Emerson Houf. Sue was preceded in death by her parents; husband; son, Russell Campbell; her brother, Bill Hawkins; and devoted dog, Jack.

Services will not be held until 2021 or until the threat of the COVID-19 pandemic has decreased enough for family to travel and gather. If you would like to make a memorial in her honor before such a time is decided, please consider First United Methodist Church or the American Legion Auxiliary Scholarship Fund. While we wait to celebrate her life, please do what you can to keep yourself and others safe.

Friends may sign the book at and memorials may be sent in care of Nicholson-Ricke Funeral Home, PO Box 146, Hoisington, KS 67544.

Funeral arrangements provided by

Nicholson-Ricke Funeral Home

P.O. Box 146

Hoisington, KS 67544

Great Bend (Kan.) Tribune, Nov. 22, 2020