Virginia Mary Nowak, otherwise known as Ginny, Mom, Grandma Ginny or Grandma Campbell, was 78 years old when she went to join her beloved husband, Ronald. Virginia was born in Toledo, Ohio on September 28, 1937 where she spent her childhood. She was a resident of Layton, Utah at the time of her death and had been struggling with various medical conditions that made her last years a challenge.
Virginia was born to Joseph and Helen Nowak in Toledo, Ohio. Virginia married Richard Carlston and together they had two sons and a daughter; Mark, Brian and Lori. Brian preceded Virginia in death shortly after his birth. Later, Richard and Virginia’s married ended in divorce.
Virginia embraced her new extended clan when she married Ronald Campbell in 1966. Their life journey included 42 years of raising a blended family in Ohio, then California and finally settling in Utah. Virginia was a member of St. James Parish in Toledo, St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church in Layton, Utah and had attended Christ The King Church in Pleasant Hill, California.
In addition to being a devoted mother and grandmother, Virginia worked as a bookkeeper for various companies as well as a dispatcher for a plumbing company prior to retirement. Virginia had a knack for being very organized with an eye towards taking care of business and keeping an immaculate home. Her hobbies included scrapbooking, crafting, crocheting, quilting and caring for her many grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She secretly admitted to loving Creedence Clearwater Revival as well as other genres of music and was a NCIS devotee in her later years. Her vices included pepperoni pizza and authentic sourdough bread from the San FranciscoBay area.
Virginia is survived by son Mark Carlston (Martha) of Vallejo, California as well as daughter Lori Carlston of Concord, California and stepchildren Ronna Rasmussen (Stan) of Layton, Utah, Judy Jenson of Farmington, Utah, Ronald Campbell (Debbie) of Pleasant View, Utah, Nancy Orgill (Brad) of Orangeville, Utah, Cathy Williams (David) of Pullyallup, Washington, John Campbell of Layton, Utah, grandchildren Jarrett, Matt and multiple step-grandchildren and great-grandchildren living in Utah, Oregon and California.
Saturday, March 19, 2016 at 11:00 a.m. Graveside
Leavitt Mortuary 836 – 36th StreetOgden, Utah 84403 (801-394-5556).
Following is a memorable prayer that Virginia embroidered for her son:
The Footprints Prayer
One night I had a dream…
I dreamed I was walking along the beach with the Lord, and across the sky flashed scenes from my life. For each scene I noticed two sets of footprints in the sand; one belonged to me, and the other to the Lord. When the last scene of my life flashed before us, I looked back at the footprints in the sand. I noticed that many times along the path of my life, There was only one set of footprints.
I also noticed that it happened at the very lowest and saddest times in my life. This really bothered me, and I questioned the Lord about it. “Lord, you said that once I decided to follow you, you would walk with me all the way; but I have noticed that during the most troublesome times in my life, there is only one set of footprints. I don’t understand why in times when I needed you the most, you should leave me.
The Lord replied, “My precious, precious child. I love you, and I would never, never leave you during your times of trial and suffering. When you saw only one set of footprints, it was then that I carried you.
Date: Saturday, March 19, 2016
Time: 04/30/2017 11:00 am -
Date: Saturday, March 19, 2016
Time: 11:00 am -