Ila Campbell, age 85, died Wednesday, January 30, 2019, at Via Christi Hospital St. Francis in Wichita, Kansas. She was born April 19, 1933, in rural Stevens County, Kansas, the daughter of Bill and Irene (Bell) Harper.
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Ila grew up in Stevens County. She married Gene Campbell on October 7, 1950, in Clayton, New Mexico, and graduated from Hugoton High School. As a young woman, she taught twirling lessons and was a school bus driver. Ila and Gene traveled multiple states with his job, making many lifetime friendships along the way. Ila loved dancing, shopping and enjoyed a day at the spa. She was a very talented piano player, playing for the Lone Star Friends Church where she also taught Sunday school. She also played for Denim & Lace, and recently played for the residents at Satanta Hospital Long Term Care Unit. Ila attended Bethel Friends Church in Hugoton, before moving to Satanta.
Survivors include her sons, Jerry Campbell and wife Janet of Emporia, and Kris Campbell and wife Marreta of Hugoton; son-in-law, John Seidle of Centennial, Colorado; sister, Sherry Williams and husband John of Alva, Oklahoma; seven grandchildren, and eleven great-grandchildren.
Ila was preceded in death by her parents; sister, Shirley Harper; husband, Gene in 2012; and daughter, Dana Seidle.
Graveside service will be at 11:00 AM Saturday, February 2, 2019, at Hugoton Cemetery. Memorial service will be at 2:00 PM Saturday, February 2, 2019, at Bethel Friends Church in Hugoton with Pastor Roy Bogan officiating. Friends may call Friday, February 1, 2019, from 10:00 AM until 8:00 PM at Garnand Funeral Home in Hugoton. Memorials may be given to Satanta District Hospital Long Term Care Unit in care of Garnand Funeral Home, 423 S Main, Hugoton, KS 67951.