Ruby Dell Campbell, 83, a long-time resident of Harney County, died May 9.

Ruby was one of 10 children born to James and Lee Emma Salers in Delta, Ala. It was there she met her husband-to-be, Leslie Campbell. They married in 1944 and shortly after, in 1945, they moved to Harney County, where they began a family. Alma Mae was the only child born to Ruby and Leslie, but they made a life in Harney County for years.

She worked at the Harney County Hospital as a nurses-aide until 1972, when she sustained an on-the-job injury, forcing her to retire.

Post-retirement from the hospital, Ruby continued to give her time and care to others in the community. She was active at the senior center and volunteered many hours at the Christian Church thrift store. Her hobbies included fishing, hunting, gardening and canning her homegrown fruits and vegetables. She also loved dancing and had a fondness for Elvis Presley and country music. When she found the time, she also enjoyed crocheting and sewing.

Most will remember Ruby for her unmatched generosity to others. Some may recall the incident of her first home catching fire and burning down. She lost many of her possessions, yet she dug up flowers from her garden and gave them to one of the responders to the fire as a way to show her gratitude. She simply wanted to share her joy with others.

Ruby had one daughter, five grandchildren, 19 great-grandchildren and a handful of great-great-grandchildren.

Ruby made a very big impact on all of those who knew her, whether it be family or friends or those she gave when in need.

A graveside service will be held Wednesday, May 16, at 10 a.m. in the Burns Cemetery.

LaFollette’s Chapel is in charge of funeral arrangements. Visit:
to sign the online guestbook and send condolences to the family.

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