DOROTHY HARRIET CAMPBELL (nee PENNOYER)

DOROTHY HARRIET CAMPBELL (nee PENNOYER)

Dorothy Harriett Pennoyer was born on March 6, 1928. She had an older brother, Earl, who died early in his life, but after Dorothy was born, there were four more children. Dorothy went through all of her schooling in Grand Forks. Out of school, in 1946, she went to Cranbrook to train to be a nurse graduating in 1949. Later that year Dorothy and Roy Campbell were married, and after 2 ½ years, they began growing their family. They had 3 children, Larry, Lynn, and Colleen. These children grew up in a home that had constant laughter, and witnessed a relationship between their parents that was loving, affectionate, and playful. Dorothy’s Christianity was a quiet one, and one that can still be an example to us all. She worked with people with gentleness and authority. For years she volunteered at a food bank and soup kitchen. When it came to knowing how to relate to people who were marginalized, she embraced them and served them. Everyone she dealt with experienced the care, gentleness, and unconditional love that Dorothy gave out of the core of her heart and faith. When Roy transitioned from being a pilot with Air Canada to enter a ministry of being a pastor and mentor to the pastors of the Central Canada Baptist Conference, Dorothy adjusted her life, as she always did, to make it possible. She went back into nursing and also traveled with dad when he visited the churches throughout the prairies. When Roy moved on to Christian Transportation International, a ministry to Christians who were working in the transportation industry, they traveled together to meet with people at their places of work, encouraging them to live their faith wherever they were. Dorothy was a wonderful mother-in-law to Larry’s wife Noelle, Lynn’s husband Dave, and Colleen’s husband Roy. She was a doting grandmother to Larry and Noelle’s children, Stefie and Jordy, Lynn and Dave’s two boys Tim and Mike, and Colleen and Roy’s son Sam and daughter Faith all of whom will miss her deeply. In 1997 Dorothy and Roy moved from Winnipeg to Grand Forks, mom’s beloved hometown. While here she was the president of the food bank and very involved in her church, the Gospel Chapel. The move here brought her closer to her beloved brothers and their families. Dorothy is predeceased by her parents Cy and Lil Pennoyer, and her brothers Keith and Lloyd Pennoyer. She also leaves behind her ‘little’ brothers, Roy and Harold Pennoyer, and her sisters-in-law, Viola, Joylene, Shirley, Judy, and Elaine, and many nieces and nephews. In the last moments of Dorothy’s life, at 1 am on Saturday, August 23rd, 2014, her two daughters, Lynn and Colleen were by her side. When she had passed, Lynn went to get Roy out of bed. As he said in a recent email to some friends, “Near as I could tell, Dorothy had breathed her last. The girls wept freely, and I reminded them that their Mum was no longer here; that she had already entered Heaven through the Gates of Splendour with the Lord’s beautiful words sounding forth, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant; enter in to the joy of the Lord’.”


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