Evelyn Campbell: an Obituary.

The family of the late Mabel “Evelyn” (Robley) Campbell, sadly announces her passing at her home in Westville on the 18th of March, 2011. Wife of the late Murdoch William Campbell, she was the second eldest child of the late Roderick and Eva (Watters) Robley, formerly of Durham, Pictou County. Born at home, she attended Cross Roads School as did a previous generation of her family. She spent her adult life as a homemaker and was a devoted wife and mother.

As with many of her generation her life was touched by two great events of the twentieth century, the Great Depression and World War II. As a young wife and mother, she kept the home fires burning over the six difficult years her husband served overseas in the Canadian Armed Forces during World War II.

The family resided in Pictou until moving to Fenwick Street, Dartmouth, in 1962. Upon retiring she and her husband returned home to Pictou County to Westville in 1997.

She was an adherent of St. Andrew’s Church, Westville and a life member and Past President of the Ladies Auxiliary Royal Canadian Legion Branch # 16, Pictou, N.S.

She was a lover of animals and flowers and had a natural green thumb. She had many varied interests and enjoyed dining out, concerts, old time music and movies and everything Scottish. She also enjoyed watching TV sports such as figure skating, bowling and curling. She especially enjoyed NHL hockey and was an enthusiastic fan of Sidney Crosby and the Pittsburgh Penguins. She absolutely never passed up a challenge to a game of crib or 45’s - which she usually won.

In addition to her parents and husband (2005) she was predeceased by a daughter, Emily Marie in infancy and a granddaughter, Pamela (Smith) Flanagan ; sister Olivia Douglas, brothers Harold and Jackie Robley.

She is survived by her children: daughters Betty (Brad) Smith, Waterside; Myrna (Bev) Buchanan, Hantsport; Beverly Campbell, Westville; and Deborah (David) Lawson, Charleston, SC; sons: Aulden (Pam) Campbell, Halifax; Murdoch jr.(Janice) Campbell, Waterside.

Grandchildren: Leslie Ann (Michael) Perrin, Colby Village; Terri Lee Smith, Pictou; Craig Campbell Smith, Ottawa; Ian Campbell, New Scotland, NC; Jeffrey (Karen) Campbell, Pitt Meadows, BC; Matthew Campbell, Toronto; Jennifer (Jarred) Brown, Hantsport; Colin (Amanda) Buchanan, Kingston, Ont.; Ryan (Lindsey) Campbell, Cole Harbour; Nicole (James Gay) Campbell, Dartmouth; Marie Evelyn Frenette, Seoul, Korea; Michael Roderick Frenette, Surrey, BC; Erin Ashley Lawson, Charleston, SC.

Great-grandchildren: Indya and Jay Flanagan, Houston, Tx.; Karley and Riley Perrin, Pamela Graci Young; Griffin and Halle Campbell; Shianna and Logan Buchanan; Norah Campbell.

Also she is survived by sister Elva (Harold) Smith, Durham; brother Waldo (Marilyn) Robley, Fort Erie, Ont; and sister-in-law Joyce (Harold) Robley, Durham, Pictou County.

Always an inspiration to her family for her witty, independent and spirited demeanor. She was also a most compassionate person and possessed great empathy for those less fortunate.

Her children, grandchildren and great grandchildren were a constant source of joy to her and she gave them devoted abiding love throughout her life. She suffered our misfortunes, rejoiced in our accomplishments. She will be sadly missed and will be forever loved.

Arrangements are under the care of Eagles Funeral Home, Westville, with visitations 2-4 and 7-9 pm, Tuesday, 22nd March. Her funeral will be held Wednesday, March 23rd at 1:00 pm at St. Andrews Presbyterian Church, Westville with Rev. Norman Marple officiating. Burial will be in Haliburton Cemetery, Pictou.

For those who wish to make a memorial donation please consider St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church, Westville or the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA) Granton, Pictou Co. www.eaglesfuneralhome.ca