May 31, 2013 - StaffBarbara Jane Wood Campbell, of Riverton, died Saturday, May 25, 2013, at Help for Health Hospice Home in Riverton. She was 91 years old.
Graveside services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday, June 1, at Mountain View Cemetery.
Barbara Jane Starks was born Oct. 26, 1921, in Harrison, Neb., the daughter of Nicholas and Blanche (York) Starks. She was one of nine children. She grew up in Agate, Neb., and it was there with her family that she learned the value of hard work and perseverance. Her mother died at a young age, and she helped her father with the rest of the children. After graduating high school, she had her first teaching assignment in a one-room rural school in Sioux County, Nebraska, where she was a teacher to some of her younger brothers and sisters.
She married Leonard Lyle (Woody) Wood shortly before World War II, and while he was fighting in the Navy, she continued with her teaching and going to college to get a teaching degree. She had a variety of teaching experiences in Nebraska, including one year as a junior high teacher and one year of teaching 36 first-graders.
Mr. and Mrs. Wood had two children, Vicky Lyn and Leonard Leon. In 1957 they moved to Riverton where Mr. Wood operated an auto repair shop and Mrs. Wood began her 28-year career of teaching first grade in Room 14 at Lincoln Elementary School. The couple bought some property on 8 Mile Road where they both enjoyed all the chores involved in starting their "Little Ponderosa."
Mr. Wood died in June 1981, but Mrs. Wood continued to work on her little farm and teach school. She retired from teaching in 1985 and filled her time with gardening, sewing, crafting, painting, fishing and spending time with her family.
In 1991 she married Don Campbell, and they had a wonderful life of traveling, gardening, entertaining grandchildren, and spending time with each other and family. They both loved to play cards, especially pinochle with her twin sisters, Jean and Joan, and Joan's husband, Joe.
She was a member of the First Christian Church and was active in her church activities. She was a member of a local extension club as well as the Delta Kappa Gamma society.
Her family said she did not have any trouble filling the days of retirement. She was an excellent seamstress, loved to do any kind of crafts, and made beautiful porcelain dolls. She loved to garden and raised all of her own vegetables, which she would put up for the winter. She raised chickens that she also prepared for the freezer so family could enjoy them all winter long. She was an excellent cook and loved cooking big meals for family and friends. She loved to fish and spend time outdoors and enjoyed many hours at the cabins of her son, Leonard, and her husband, Don.
Her grandchildren and great-grandchildren were her greatest joys in retirement, and they said that she was the best grandma ever. She taught them how to read, sew, garden, cook and do crafts.
She is survived by her daughter-in-law, Daria Wood, of Riverton; grandchildren Zoe Mills, Randy Martin, Abigail Eller, Nichole Wood and Amanda Wood; six great-grandchildren; and sisters Joan Kerns and Georgia Eckhardt.
She was preceded in death by her first husband, Leonard Lyle Wood; daughter Vicky Lyn Martin; son Leonard Leon Wood; second husband, Don Campbell; grandson Justin Lyle Wood; great-grandchildren Korbin Scott Hansen and Katriel Martin; brothers Charles Starks, Lyle Starks and John Starks; and sisters Edna Meyers, Mabel Cashett and Jean Randall.
Memorials may be made to the First Christian Church or Help for Health Hospice Home in care of Davis Funeral Home, 2203 W. Main St., Riverton, WY 82501.
Arrangements are under the direction of Davis Funeral Home of Riverton.
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