Joan (91) passed away peacefully on October 7th. She was a loving wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother.
Joan was born in Elk River on October 3rd, 1929. She attended school in Elk River and graduated from Central High School. Following high-school she attended St. Cloud State Teachers College and graduated with a teaching degree.
She taught elementary school for 4 years in Glenwood, MN. She loved teaching her students as it gave her the opportunity to incorporate her creative and artistic abilities to teach her children.
During her college years and following she developed a romance with her husband of 66 years (Bill). While Bill was serving in the Navy he proposed marriage to Joan and they were married shortly thereafter in 1953 in Bremerton, WA.
Joan had many lifelong friendships including her high school classmates who continued to hold annual trips and reunions together. She also remained in close contact with her college girlfriends “The Clouds”.
Joan was a very involved mother as a cub scout den mother, actively helping her boys achieve the rank of Eagle Scout and attending every sporting event that her sons participated in.
Joan was a talented painter, loving her art classes and creating art. She also loved to travel and her church community. There was also a competitive side to Joan as recently evidenced by the annual pepper and sunflower plant growing contests she orchestrated with her great-grandchildren. In these “contests” everyone was a winner.
Joan is preceeded in death by her husband Bill Campbell, brother Jim Nord. She is survived by her two boys Scott (Marlene) and John Campbell, brother Ron Nord, grandchildren Jeff (Laura) Campbell, Brittany (Matt) Alrich and Christine (Robert) Sterling and her six great-grandchildren Carly, Jake, Cam, Cruz, Audrey and Layla. Joan will be missed by many.
Funeral services are being arranged by Dares Funeral Services with dates being announced later. Memorials should be sent to Guardian Angels Riverview Landing and to Elk River Lutheran Church.
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