Margaret ‘Rita’ Campbell

nee Beckingham

December 24, 1923 – December 29, 2011

Rita passed away on December 29, 2011. She was predeceased by her husband Doug and her daughter Beth Panton, and will be lovingly remembered by her children Donald (Patsy), Diane Plomp (Lawrie) and Sheila (Mark) and by all of her grandchildren (Leah, Katie, Alanna, Kimberly, Ashley, Dain, Robb, Taiyo and Ama).

Rita was a dedicated, nurturing and creative mother who trusted her own instincts over the conventional parenting practices of her time. Children were the love of her life: she adored them, and showered them with gifts and affection. She modelled strength, passion and creativity for her children and grandchildren, and supported and encouraged all of us to be strong and expressive about ourselves and about our interests. With humour, love and sensitivity, she welcomed in-laws and friends into the ‘Campbell Clan’. And while proud of her Scottish heritage and customs, she often expressed curiosity about, and respect for, all cultures.

Rita believed in community, and she valued involvement, so she dedicated many hours to issues that benefit us all. She volunteered with the PTA, the CMHA, and she helped to initiate Vernon’s recycling program in 1970, where she was actively involved for over 30 years. She also developed and coordinated Foster Grandparents of Vernon.

For many years, her love for the written language led her to coordinate the local Writer’s Group. She was active in municipal and provincial politics, and she regularly submitted letters to our newspaper’s editor and to city council. In addition, she selflessly gave her time to local art groups such as Okanagan Artist’s League and Little Theatre (now Powerhouse Theatre).

She instilled in others an awe and appreciation for natures’ beauty. She expressed her humour through wit, language, and by playfully teasing and flirting with any willing to reciprocate. She gifted all with her creativity and love for history, sharing her art, poetry and her collection of local and family narratives.

One of the simple legacies Mom/Rita/Gran/Mrs. C leaves is that of sharing tea. Until the public celebration of life to be announced later, please raise a cup in tribute to this beautiful and amazing woman.

Mom will forever be at her beloved lake, for auld lang syne.

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