Elizabeth Ann Campbell (Betsy) entered the world on June 28, 1967, at Community Memorial Hospital in Menomonee Falls, Wis.
Children born with Down Syndrome back in the 60’s were often institutionalized, and that recommendation was made. But Betsy’s parents, Howard and Dee Campbell, brought their baby girl home to her brother, Jim and sister, Linda. Their family was complete.
Betsy participated in numerous programs and became an excellent swimmer and bowler - competing in both as a Special Olympian. Betsy also dabbled in basketball, Bocci ball, gymnastics, and track. She proudly showed off her wall full of medals to anyone visiting the Campbell house.
Betsy loved sports. She was an enthusiastic Packer, Badger and Brewer fan - and kept up with the Bucks as well. Her sports card collection was huge. She kept careful track of favorite players’ stats. Her very favorite athletes however, were her nephews and nieces. Betsy loved attending their performances, competitions and sporting events - and she made sure everyone around her knew she was their Aunt Betsy.
Betsy made friends wherever she went. She would walk up to most anyone with an extended hand and say, “Hi, I’m Betsy.” When someone greeted her by name when out with a family member - and then was asked who that was, she’d simply say, “That’s my friend.”
Betsy lived in Menomonee Falls for two years, then moved to Stevens Point. She later moved with her family to Phoenix, Ariz., for 10 years. During that time she was made an Honorary Rodeo Parade Queen. She also rode on a float in The Fiesta Bowl Parade one year! Betsy and family moved back to Stevens Point where she graduated high school and started working at the Community Child Care Center. She would be the Assistant Cook at the center for 30 years.
In 2015, Betsy moved to Osceola with her parents to be closer to her brother and sister’s families. She moved into Community Homestead where she lived until her health began to fail. Betsy lived at her sister’s for a year, then moved into the Eagle Ridge Memory Care Center in Osceola. There she was well cared for by the wonderful Eagle Ridge staff until she died Aug. 26, 2021. She was 54.
She was preceded in death by her father, Howard Campbell.
Betsy is survived by her mother, Dolores (Dee) Campbell, Osceola; sister, Linda Iwaszko (John); brother, Jim Campbell (Jane); nieces and nephews: Matt Vollrath, Jake Vollrath, Andrew Campbell, Nathan Campbell, Emily Campbell, Sam Iwaszko, Kay Iwaszko; and 13 great nieces and nephews.
Services for Betsy will be Sept. 6 at the St. Croix ArtBarn, 1040 Oak Ridge Dr, Osceola. Visitation will begin at 10 a.m. with services beginning at 11 a.m. Betsy’s favorite lunch will be served immediately following the service - pizza and hot fudge sundaes.
Current CDC guidelines will be followed.
A Memorial will be set up for the Portage County Special Olympics.
Funeral arrangements were made with Grandstrand Funeral Home in Osceola. Condolences can be left at grandstrandfh.com.