Veleita 'Grandma Honey' Campbell - Rochester

ROCHESTER — Veleita I. Campbell (Mason), age 89, of rural Rochester, died Wednesday (Dec. 22, 2010) at home surrounded by family.

Veleita was born Dec. 7, 1921 in Owatonna, the daughter of Clifford & Mildred (Quimby) Mason.  Veleita graduated from Rochester Central High School and then continued her education at the Minnesota School of Business.

She married Stanley A. Campbell on Jan. 27, 1943, in California. He survives. He was serving in the Army Air Corps at the time. They later returned to the Rochester area and opened a small grocery store in Marion, which they owned until 1969. Veleita then worked for the Rochester School district as a secretary until 1995.

Veleita’s first love was her family.

She enjoyed time spent with her children, grandchildren and great grandchildren.

Her faith in God was very strong and she enjoyed bible study. She loved animals and cared for several strays that her children brought home. 

She also made the world’s "best" apple pies.

Veleita is survived by her children, Rebecca Campbell, Karen (Jim) Flury, Linda (Chuck) Lunde, of Rochester, Howard (Nancy) Campbell of Byron and Donna (Jim) Loehr, of Rochester. Her grandchildren, Rainie (Rick), Lynette (Shane), Drew (Jamie), Sam (Tamara), Pat (Krystal), Colin (Anne), Joe (Carrie), Jake (Jana), and her step-grandchildren, Brian & Brad (Karissa). Her great-grandchildren, Kadie, Abbe, Kolton, Tucker, Kylie, Parker, Huck, Mya, and step great-grandchilren, Kyra, Kadyn, and Baron, plus several nieces and nephews.

Veleita was preceded in death by her parents and her brother, Darrol.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Tuesday at Marion Church of Christ, with Dr. Rick Walston officiating. 

Reviewal will be one hour before the service.  She will be cremated and her burial will be in the spring.

Our lives will be less without her.

Thank you Mom for all you did.

Ranfranz and Vine Funeral Homes, 5421 Royal Place NW, Rochester, MN  55901 (507) 289-3600