On June 13th, 2019, Ermel R. Campbell's loving and generous heart was no longer able to keep up with her busy life style and schedule. She now walks unlimited miles in the beautiful gardens of heaven with the love of her life, Arnie. Ermel was born in Glendive, MT on May 4, 1929 to Michael and Frances Gross. She was the 5th child of 6 siblings. Due to a medical condition, Ermel's mother left the home when Ermel was still a toddler, which contributed to her independent, strong-willed personality and made her such a loving and dedicated mother herself.
Ermel was valedictorian of her graduating high school class in 1947 from Dawson High School. From there she moved to Ft Benton, MT and met Arnold Campbell. They married in 1950 and were great parents to 5 children and celebrated 59 years of marriage until Arnold's death in 2009.
Ermel was from the Greatest Generation Era and lived up to the work-ethic, morals, and dedication to her family and friends. She worked in administrative positions throughout her life in Ft Benton, Great Falls, Bozeman, and Helena. She retired from Valley Bank in 1991. She then volunteered the rest of her life for various organizations to include Food Share, VA, First Lutheran Church, Lewis and Clark Election, and anyone who requested her help. She truly impressed her great grandchildren with her volunteer popcorn making skills at Hunter's Point in her last years!
Ermel was preceded in death by her parents, Michael and Frances Gross, siblings Michael Gross, Richard Gross, Geraldine Thorpe, Betty Ann Bracken, and husband Arnold Campbell. She is survived by brother Patrick Gross of Edmonds, WA; children Michael (Renee) Campbell of Lincoln, MT, Patricia (Henry) Walden of Gilbert, AZ, Debbie Harriott of Helena, MT, Edward (Merri Natucci) Campbell of Dupont, WA, and Cathy (Virgil) Kaiser of Helena, MT; as well as numerous grandchildren and great grandchildren.
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Ermel refused to attend funerals after the death of her husband, Arnie, including her own. Therefore, per her request, there will be no public funeral service. Instead, there will be a private celebration of her life with family members.
The family suggests donations to St Peters Health Hospice or the charity of your choice.
Ermel's family would like to thank Reverend Miller of First Lutheran Church, friends and staff at Hunter's Point, and staff at Touchmark for all the loving care given to Ermel. Please visit www.aswfuneralhome.com to offer the family a condolence or share a memory of Ermel.
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