Rita Campbell

Dec 26, 2020
Campbell, Rita


2:00 p.m. Wednesday, December 30, 2020 at Locke Funeral Home     


for an hour before services at the funeral home     


Garden of Memories Cemetery, Waterloo, Iowa     


First Presbyterian Church, 505 Franklin St., Waterloo, IA 50703; Cards sent to the funeral home will be forwarded to the family.


Rita Campbell, 78, of Waterloo died Saturday, December 26, 2020 at her home.  She was born January 2, 1942 in Waterloo the daughter of Leonard Bahl Sr. and Mabel Stocks Bahl. She finished McKinstry Junior High in 1956 and graduated from East High School in 1959.  Rita married Martin Hughbanks in 1959 and they later divorced.  She married Thomas G. Campbell July 1988 at the Little Brown Church in Nashua. 

Rita was a Computer Programmer/Analyst for Black Hawk County Data Processing center and then became Deputy County Recorder retiring in December 2001.  She then was a third-party programmer for various companies in Waterloo, West Union, and Arizona. 

Rita was a member, Deacon, Elder, and Usher at First Presbyterian Church of Waterloo where she was also active with Presbyterian Women and served as Moderator for 6 years.  She was a member of the Iowa State Association of Counties.

Rita loved old cars along with Tom and was a member of Black Hawk County Street Machines, Cedar Valley Antique Auto Club, and the Lancers Car Club.  She especially enjoyed her 1957 Oldsmobile because it was the first car she learned to drive in high school.

She was a local, state, and national winner with her quilting.  One of her quilts took five awards at the Iowa State Fair and was judged Best of Show.  She started a quilting group (Piecemakers) at First Presbyterian Church.  She loved helping people learn quilting and even had some as young as 8 attending.  She also loved knitting and crocheting.  She was a past member of American Quilters Society and Keepsake Quilters.

Survivors include her husband, Tom of Waterloo a daughter, Anita (Dallas) Ackerson of Waterloo; a son, Wayne (Mecekah) Hughbanks of Colorado Springs‚ CO; a stepdaughter, Jill (Pat) McCool of Waterloo; a stepson, Jon (Candi) Campbell of Taylors, SC; 12 grandchildren: Jamie, Jason, Jennifer, Desiree, Aaron, Colby, Tyler, Dustin, Rose Marie, Aiden, Mckenzie, and Mikayla; 22 great grandchildren: Zaine, Cheyene, Sierra, Kaleb, Michaelis, Louise, Derian, Arianna, Kerian, Antwan, Elijah, Elizabeth, Breanna, Carlie, Landon, Bailey, Darrell, Averie, Ares, Matthew, Malicah, and Annelena; 2 great great grandchildren: Jozia and Zarian; her stepmother, Myra Marvin of Oklahoma; half-brothers: Richard (Connie) Marvin of Dewar; Leonard Bahl Jr. of Phoenix, AZ; Jim Bahl of La Crosse, WI; half-sisters: Debby Lindaman of Cedar Falls; Karen Wellman of Evansdale; and Rose Peterson of La Crosse, WI. 

She is preceded in death by her parents and stepfather Richard Marvin.

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  1. Donna Mangrich | Dec 30, 2020
    I am so sorry for your loss! Sending prayers and hugs for all the family. RIP Rita❤️
  2. Donna LesyshenU4YWO | Dec 29, 2020

    John and I are so very sorry to learn of Rita's passing!  What a lovely person. Our deepest condolences. We know that she is in heaven hopefully to start another quilting group! 

    John and Donna Lesyshen.

  3. Larry and Linda Ohl | Dec 28, 2020
    Our thoughts are with you at this time, Tom, and hope to be able to attend Rita's services. However the weather forecast's and my lack of mobility will probably not work out. Rita will be missed by Linda and I and many others. The cousins lunches were greatly enjoyed. Thanks for the personal phone call... Larry and Linda Ohl... 
  4. John Brandenburg | Dec 28, 2020

    Rita was a very kind and sweet Lady, it's been a pleasure to have you as my neighbor, Never forgot my Mothers birthday by making her a cake. Tom and Rita always brought over a Christmas card. I would be mowing my yard, I'd look over and there would be Rita on the patio enjoying outside .Id shut off my mower and go over for a visit  , I'd finish mowing after Rita went inside, so she could enjoy being outside.

    I know when my mother passed, She wasn't doing anything really but Tom said she told him she was going to Anna's services . And they did just that, i was honored to see them there

    Unfortunately  do to my own health conditions I will be unable to make it to the services   my thoughts and my prayers are with you Tom 

    Rest in peace Rita

  5. Mary Fratzke | Dec 28, 2020

    OH, Tom and family,

    Rita was the BEST!  So kind, so quiet, so talented!  I feel so fortunate to have quilts that were quilted so expertly by Rita and her sewing skill!

    May she rest in peace now.   Hugs.  Mary Fratzke

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