Margarette Anne Campbell, 68, passed away from secondary complications of an abdominal catastrophe. Margarette was born February 14, 1955 in Portland, Oregon, and was the surprise happy ending, completing her family of Olan Burel and Ruth Frances Sloan Jarrell. She was the youngest of three girls. Although there was quite a gap between her and her next oldest sister, Betty, she maintained a close relationship with her throughout her life.
Born on Valentine’s Day, it was as though the world celebrated her birth and the love she radiated. As a child she was surrounded by music and sang alongside her cousins in church and community performances. It was evident early on that she had an especially divine voice and was meant for the stage. She performed as the lead in countless school and community plays throughout high school and college. She attended Samford University in Homewood, AL, majoring in music and business; however, later transferred to and graduated from Linfield College in McMinnville, OR with a double major in Music and Business in 1976. It was while enrolled at Linfield, on a choir tour where she was the star, that she met and fell in love with the choir yeoman, Bryan Joe Campbell.
She had long been searching for answers to life’s greatest questions, and felt she found them when introduced to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and became a member. The local bishop and his wife, whom Bryan and Margarette affectionately called “Mom and Dad Kohler,” took the young couple under their wing, providing a life-long home away from home. Following the guidance from the Kohler’s the young couple decided to marry in the Idaho Falls Temple.
Following graduation, they worked their way through medical school training in Moscow Idaho, and then Seattle, Washington. They settled down in Ogden, Utah where they raised their young family while Bryan completed his family medicine training at McKay-Dee Family Medicine Residency, ultimately joining the residency there, where he continues to work.
Margarette ran a household of four children, one boy and three red headed girls, served in numerous callings associated with her church, performed in local singing groups, countless charities, and was somehow always available for a hug or to brush dirt off a scraped knee. She filled the home with warmth and music and had an infectious laugh that you could hear down the block. Her voice when she sang could heal the loneliest person, bring comfort to those suffering, and stir your soul. When she wasn’t singing, she was playing the piano. The home itself reflected not only her love of music but also her creative spirit in filling it with décor to celebrate all the seasons and holidays. She had a gift for turning the mundane into pure magic, especially when it came to Christmas, she was known for transforming her home into a winter wonderland and went by Mrs. Clause. She could always be found in her sewing room, whipping up matching outfits for her kids, sewing the latest costumes, and mending worn-out stuffed animals. Alongside her neighbors and dearest friends, she learned to quilt, can fruit, bake pies, and perfect cinnamon rolls. From her mother-in-law, Jo Anne Campbell, and her grandmother-in-law, Carrie Cristine Voiten, she learned the family secret recipes, including a particular favorite, Danish pastries.
She constantly shuffled her four children between soccer practices, ballet lessons, violin lessons, choir practice, baseball, piano, etc. The list is endless, and she somehow had the endless spirit and dedication to match all that was required and more, despite a crippling knee injury while pregnant with her third child.
She passed down her many talents, taking time with her children and grandchildren to instruct them on garment sewing, quilting, cooking, baking and singing. Her presence lit up every room she entered and left you with an overall sense of comfort. She was a beloved daughter of God whose countenance you felt just by being near her. She always saw the best in people and was an example of true discipleship.
Her smile, her touch, the sound of her voice, were all precious.
Margarette is survived by her husband, Bryan; children, Nicholas of Ogden, UT; Bridgette of St. Petersburg, FL; Breanna of Syracuse, UT; and Audra Brynn of Willow Springs, MO; grandchildren, Kayla Campbell, Charles Campbell, Hailey Campbell, Natalie Campbell, Zach Campbell all of Ogden; Brynlie Campbell-Holmes, Raelyn Campbell-Holmes, and Harley Campbell-Holmes all of Willow Springs, MO; and Campbell Logan Herrera of St. Petersburg, FL.
A memorial service will be held on August 31, 2023, at 6:30 p.m. at the Old Post Ward, 5191 Old Post Road, Ogden, Utah. Arrangements entrusted to Lindquist’s Ogden Mortuary.