Barb was born to Albert and Alice (Schmidt) Cain at Axtell on April 16, 1938. She attended St. Michael’s Grade School and graduated from Axtell High School in 1956. Barb helped in the family grocery store, worked at the local drug store and during her high school years was a relief telephone operator for the town’s phone company.
On June 26, 1956, she married her high school sweetheart, Carl Campbell in Axtell. Their first home was in Clarksville, Ind. They became parents to four daughters — Cheryl, Cindy, Carla and Angie. They returned to live in Seneca in 1961. Barbara was employed at various local businesses in Seneca, including Big B and Farm Bureau Insurance, as well as USD No. 442 and most recently ShopKo. Barbara and Carl purchased Steck Service in Axtell in 1969, and it became known as Carl’s 66 Service. The family moved to Axtell in 1971, where Barb remained until her death.
Barb enjoyed quilting, reading, dancing and traveling. Her greatest joy was her family, treasuring time spent with her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She was lovingly known as Mamaw.
Preceding her in death were her parents; her husband, Carl; a granddaughter, Lindsey Garner; infant great- granddaughter, Zora Rose; sister, Bertha Ford; and infant brother, Roland Cain.
Surviving are daughters, Cheryl (Mel) Garner of Fairview, Cindy Jones of Axtell, Carla (David) Fairfield of Waukee, Iowa, and Angie (Mark) Pippia of Axtell; nine grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; siblings, Kenneth Cain of Axtell, Galen Cain of Carbondale, Colo., Bernita Engelken of Stillwell, Ronald Cain of Overland Park, and Gary Cain of Port Hueneme, Calif.
A funeral service was held Friday, Jan. 19, at the United Methodist Church in Axtell. Jose Eston Cruz and David Fairfield officiated. Pallbearers were Nathan Jones, Jeremy Jones, McKenna Hulsing, Evan Fairfield, Kelsey Fairfield, Russ Fairfield, Michelle Miller, Andrea Pippia and Jessica Pippia. Private burial will be at a later date in Rosehill Cemetery, Axtell. A memorial fund has been established and will be designated at a later date. Contributions may be sent in care of the Axtell-Landreth Funeral Home.
The Sabetha Herald 1/24/2018