Services for Edith Louise ”Sissy” Campbell

 Edith Louise ”Sissy” Campbell  81, of Bemidji, Minnesota passed away on Friday, October 5, 2018 at Sanford Medical Center in Bemidji. 


Funeral Services will be held on Wednesday, October 10, 2018 at 1:00 p.m. at the Zion Lutheran Church rural Bagley with the Reverend Randy McGuire officiating.  Visitation will be held on Tuesday, October 9, 2018 at the Cease Family Funeral Home Chapel in Bagley from 5:00 – 7:00 p.m.  with a prayer service at 6:00 p.m. Visitation will also be one hour prior to the service at the church. Interment will be at the Zion Lutheran Cemetery, rural Bagley, MN.


Edith Louise “Sissy” Campbell was born June 14, 1937 in Bagley, Minnesota, the daughter of Oliver and Edith (Lietz) Swenson.  She attended school in Bagley.  Sissy was baptized and confirmed as a member of Zion Lutheran Church in Bagley.  Sissy was united in marriage on October 20, 1956 to Donald “Don” Campbell in Two Harbors, and they later returned to Sissy’s hometown and made their home in Bagley for over forty years.  She was the proud mother of eight children and a devoted grandmother to twenty-four grandchildren, thirty great-grandchildren, and one great-great grandchild.


Sissy grew up a country girl who loved going to church, singing hymns, and even learning to play the piano from her godmother Netty Anderson.  Growing up, Sissy loved taking care of all of her younger siblings, which is where she got her nickname.  Throughout her life, Sissy also took part in raising many of her cousins, nieces, and nephews, as well as any child who needed care or just a place to stay.  Sissy was proudly a stay-at-home mom, but throughout the years she enjoyed taking on various jobs to “get out of the house.”  Sissy loved the summers working with her sister Pearl at Clearwater Nursery, and she took great pride in working as a dishwasher both at the Great Northern Bar and Grill and later at the D&R Cafe.  She took much pleasure and pride in working outside of the home and making friends with her co-workers and customers.  Even after her stoke, one of her goals was to “get back to work washing dishes.”


Family was number one in Sissy’s life, and it was an ongoing joke that once you became a member of her family, you were always a member; she would embrace new members, too, with loving arms.  Sissy loved being a grandma most of all, and she was always her grandkids’ biggest cheerleader and supporter. Sissy had her passions and among them were her embroidery, country music, old hymns, Sunday dinners, camping, the Clearwater County Fair, family reunions, WeFest, and finding a reason to bring others together in celebration.  Sissy loved to read, do Wordfinds, and to watch movies, especially if it meant she got to snuggle in with one of her grandbabies and watch.  She loved to joke around and be “sassy” and would often leave people stunned by her surprisingly sharp tongue.  Sissy always had the coffee pot on and homemade treats for family and friends, and her door was always open to company and anyone in need.


Sissy was an exceptionally devoted wife, mother, grandmother, and friend.  She will be remembered as being a very caring, kind, giving, and spirited lady.


She is survived by her two sons: Steven Campbell and Scott Campbell, both of Bagley; five daughters: Denise (Tim) Anderson of Motley, Cynthia “Cyndi” (Phillip) Sunderland and Coreen (Rick) Kliner of Bagley, Donna Campbell of Fosston, and Elizabeth “Liz” (Dan) Iverson of Elk River; four sisters: Pearl (Lester) Beck of Bagley, Olga of Carlton, Linda (Warren) Bogert of Grafton, ND, and Joyce (Mike) Meyers of Bagley; two sisters-in-law: Marge Swenson of Bagley and Sally Swenson of Shelly; one brother-in-law: Raymond Umphrey of Inkster, ND; twenty-three grandchildren; thirty great-grandchildren; and one great-great grandchild; numerous nieces and nephews; and two special friends: David Miller of Fosston and Reva Anderson of Bagley.


Sissy was preceded in death by her husband Don, sons Jeffrey Campbell and Curtis Campbell, granddaughter Racheal Kliner, parents Oliver and Edith Swenson, parents-in-law Leonard Campbell and Myrtle Olson, brothers Duane Swenson, John Swenson, Pete Swenson, and Carl Swenson, and sister Florence Umphrey.


Messages of condolence may be sent to



Richards Publishing

P.O. Box 159
239 2nd Ave
Gonvick, MN 56644
Telephone: (218) 487-5225

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