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Ruth Leota (Jensen) Campbell, age 104, of Sidney, passed away Wednesday afternoon, November 16, 2011 at her home under the loving care of her family and Spectrum Health Hospice. The daughter of William & Estella (Minerd) Noah, she was born on July 19, 1907 in Sidney.

Over the years she had worked as a telephone operator, for three owner’s of the Sidney drugstore, and retired from Sidney State Bank in 1972. She was a member of the former Sidney Congregational Church,a long-time member of Faith Lutheran Church, as well as a member of the Danish Sisterhood Society and a life member of the Crescent Chapter No. 47 Order of the Eastern Star in Stanton.

On June 21, 1929, in Sheridan, she married Seafred Jensen who preceded her in death in 1991. In 1992, she married Harry “John” Campbell who preceded her in death in 2004. She was also preceded in death by a brother, Laverne Noah; and two infant great-grandchildren, Sofia Petersen and Grady Petersen.

Surviving are her children, Terry & Irene Jensen of Portland, and Esther & Red Petersen of Sidney; five grandchildren, Valerie Jensen of Portland, Eric & Julie Jensen of Aitken, Minnesota, John Jensen of Portland, Corinda Wilcox of Sidney, and Gary & Melissa Petersen of Grand Rapids; six great grandchildren, Hannah Jensen, Rebecca Jensen, Bailey Wilcox, Brett Wilcox, Eleanor Petersen, and Levi Petersen; a sister-in-law, Leota Campbell of Stanton; and many nieces, nephews, cousins, and special friends, including Jake Barrus of Sidney.

Visitation with the family is Sunday, November 27, 2011 from 1-2 p.m. at Faith Lutheran Church, 2957 S. Grow Road at the corner of Sidney Road, Sidney, where memorial services will be held at 2:00 p.m. Pastoral Leader Bernice Sorrels will officiate and Order of the Eastern Star rites will conclude the ceremonies with a luncheon following in the church hall.

Envelopes for memorial contributions to Faith Lutheran Church, the March of Dimes, or Spectrum Health Hospice will be available at the church. To send a message of sympathy to the family, sign Ruth’s online guest book, or to share a favorite memory, please visit: The Christiansen Funeral Home & Cremation Center, Greenville, is serving the family.


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  1. Anonymous on November 16, 2011 at 12:00 am

    James Barrus

    Rest in Peace Ruth.



    Corinda and family, So sorry for your loss on your Grandma. Live for the memories that you have with her and that will keep her close to you…


    Alvin and Margaret Rush

    Our sincere condolences to Esther, Terry and their families. What a wonderful lady your mom was. We will remember her always. She always stated after Mom passed away, that she was the only cousin left. It’s wonderful that, with your help, she was able to stay in her home. Words cannot express our sadness in just learning of your loss. Love, Margaret & Al


    Jim and Doreen

    Esther, Red and Family, you have our deepest sympathy. Your mother was a real jewel and will be greatly missed by all those whos lives she touched. God Bless and Comfort All.



    So many wonderful memories of you throughout my childhood and into my adult life. Many smiles you gave me!!
    You solidified the meaning of being positive to me and I will be forever grateful.
    Sidney will not be the same knowing you are no longer there, but I am happy to think of you making Heaven a brighter place with your smile………


    Beth Giulianelli

    My family and I are very sorry about Ruth’s passing. We will miss her. She was very accepting, tolerant, kind, and generous; we all enjoyed her sense of humor and appreciated her patience and understanding. Our visits to Sidney will not be the same without her. But for those of you who cared so much for her, I must say you can have no regrets. Our thoughts are with you.
    Beth and Family


    Del and Sue Tucker

    Dear friends, just read your Mom’s obit. We were sorry to hear of her passing. we know you all take comfort in knowing that she enjoyed a long and reasonably healthy life. She will be missed by many in the community. God bless you all.
    Del and Suzanne


    Rose Hubbard

    I am so sorry to hear about your loss. She was a wonderful woman. I have many fond memories of her and Seifert


    Jeanette Emmons

    Esther & Red – please accept our sympathy in the passing of your mom.

    Marv & Jeanette Emmons


    Mike & Mary Ane Krum

    So sorry to hear of Ruth’s passing. She had a long, wonderful and rich life with many family & friends who loved her. She was such a beautiful woman. She will be greatly missed.


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