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LAURA BELLE "BILLIE" STURGEON
March 12, 1930 ~ November 1, 2013
The following tribute to life was written by Laura Belle Campbell. She asked that it be shared with her many friends and family:
I was born on March 12, 1930 in Vancouver, WA to Jewel and Blanche Sturgeon and lived my entire life in Clark County. I passed away peacefully on Nov. 1, 2013, surrounded by my children.
I loved to work in my yard, flower and vegetable gardens and make my home beautiful. My two most important accomplishments were learning how to swim and ride a bike. But later in my life, having children was tops!
At eight years, I learned to drive my brother Ralph Sturgeon's Model-T Ford - we had a great time together with it. Ralph was always so devoted - we had many happy years of childhood fun together.
Summer recreation was pretty simple fun; the best spot was at Allen's Swimming Hole on Lacamas Creek.
I attended Vancouver High School, where Betty McKenna was my favorite teacher. She was famous for her baseball team. Illness caused me to graduate a year late in 1949.
After school, I worked for Kaplan's Ladies' Fine Apparel Shop in downtown Vancouver. I really enjoyed working with fashion! My granddaughter, Lauralee, also loves fashion. She owns The Runway Exchange in Sonora, CA, an upscale women's consignment store.
I drove school bus for the Evergreen School District for about 23 years. I really enjoyed being a special education bus driver. The kids were so great to be around! It brought me a lot of pleasure to be able to greet the kids and their families everyday!
I was preceded in death by my parents; Glen Campbell, husband; Bill Jones, very dear friend; and Jeremiah Jewel Johnson, grandson, who gave his life for his country.
A mother's love transcends time
and circumstance and endures forever.
Survived by my children: Jewelie Jones (Tom), Jennie Dickson and Elizabeth "Beth" Johnson (Dave), each of Vancouver, WA, and Laurie Halone (Judy), of Bonney Lake, WA. I leave behind 12 grandchildren: Lisa Jones; Harmony Dickson Franklin, Patrick, Andrew and Chris Dickson; Casey Halone, Amy Halone Smith and Katy Halone Bean; Naphtali, Zac and Tim Johnson and Lauralee Johnson Whitman. My great-grandchildren are: Justin, Briana, Kaylin, Makena, Jonah, Isaiah, Rya, Joshua and Dahlia; special friends who enriched my life are: Mabel, Jackie, Violet and Sindy; also a very special young man, Surge!
I wish to thank Visiting Angels, especially Jan and Lilia - who took such good care of me, as well as Kaiser and Kaiser Hospice.
At my request, my body has been donated to Medcure.
A private celebration of my life will take place at a later date.
In lieu of flowers, I ask you to register as a blood and organ donor.
Please sign her guestbook at: www.columbian.com/obits.
Published in The Columbian on Nov. 5, 2013