Verna Marie Campbell

Verna Marie Campbell, 79, returned to Heaven on August 23, 2013.  She was born in Tulsa and lived mostly in the Southwest; Roswell and Santa Fe, New Mexico and Los Angeles, California.  She graduated from Santa Fe High School in 1952 and attended New Mexico State University in Las Cruces.

Verna was preceded in death by her parents, Vernon and Ruth Donlin and is survived by her sister, Sally Rhodes of Parker, Colorado, several nieces and a nephew and her loving partner, Don Garretson of Mission, Kansas.

Verna was an accomplished artist and trained with the late Fredik Grue.  She has taken many awards in varied juried shows in Southern California, New Mexico and Kansas, including several Best of Shows.  You may see her work on her web site,  She was a member of the California Art Club, Oil Painters of America, National Oil and Acrylic Painters Society and the Greater Kansas City Art Association.

The family would like to thank the caring nurses at Shawnee Mission Medical Center, Continua Hospice, the Zack Group and the care givers from Senior Bridge.

Cremation.  A private memorial service will be scheduled for a later date.



  1. Don Garretson on March 27, 2014 at 12:03 pm

    I miss you more today than I did the day you had to leave. I love you, Baby.

  2. Glynn Belle-Isle on September 9, 2013 at 3:05 pm

    Verna was truly an inspirational lady and very dear friend. She and Don were such blessings to each other.

    She will be missed; but I am happy to know that she is now at peace in Heaven. I was blessed to be able to spend some loving time with her and Don before she left for her new home.


  3. Cecilia Tanacs on September 5, 2013 at 2:17 pm

    Hello Don,
    Hello Verna’s Family,

    My condolences to all of you for Verna’s parting with us. I have known Verna since 1987 when we both worked at the AEMann Foundation. Had lunch together with Verna, Lee and Terri so very many times after we all worked at different places. Verna was our gem of youthfullness and she will allways remain in my heart and her art on the walls of my home.
    My love to all

  4. Jim Wierski on August 28, 2013 at 4:38 pm

    Dear Family of Verna,

    I just wanted to express my condolences for the loss of Verna, a wonderful person, who I had the good fortune to work with in the late 80’s and early 90’s in Los Angeles. Verna was kind and thoughtful and as a new employee from the other side of the country she was instrumental in making me feel welcomed and appreciated. We stayed in contact after I left the company and eventually the state with occasional emails. I was shocked to hear of her passing as I always remembered her as eternally youthful. I hope that your family finds peace with the realization that she impacted many peoples lives in a positive way and will be remembered fondly.

  5. virginia robison on August 27, 2013 at 1:54 pm

    Verna was a delight to know. You both
    were so good to Erma. So sorry for
    your loss.

    Verna was a delight to know. I worked
    at the desk at OPP. You both were
    so good to Erma. So sorry for you Loss.

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