Edna Claire "Kit" Campbell, 81, formerly of Seneca and Long Creek, died Feb. 3, 2009 at her home in Yuma, Ariz.
She was born Jan. 9, 1928 in Pittsburg, Okla. She was part Native American and attended school in rural Oklahoma, never completing a full year. She lived in the Seneca and Long Creek areas in the 1950s and early 60s.
In 1979, at age 51, she earned her GED in Durango, Colo. and in 1978, became a certified lumber grader in Durango, the first woman in the United States to attain that distinction. She worked in that field until her retirement in 1992.
She was an accomplished horsewoman, breaking, training and barrel racing a number of horses. She wrote poetry and short stories, and enjoyed beadwork, quilting, crocheting, painting, canning and baking. Her wisdom and healing abilities developed and sustained her family and many others she touched.
Survivors include her daughters, Patricia Anderson of Portland, Pamala Rider of Yuma, Ariz., Paula Campbell-Freeman of Apache Junction, Ariz., Julia Ayers of Cahone, Colo. and Barbara Moody of Portland; sons, James Campbell of Bayfield, Colo. and David Campbell of Everett, Wash.; sons-in-law, Richard Reed, Ken Hewett and Bruce Scott; daughters-in-law, Patti and Janice; siblings, Pansy Barnes and Fred Tackett, both of Pittsburg, Okla., Lee Tackett of Stuart, Okla., and Ida Penney, Joanne McCord and Olen Tackett, all of Lamar, Okla.; 17 grandchildren; 33 great-grandchildren; and many other relatives and friends.
She was preceded in death by her parents, John and Mary Ann Tackett; brothers, Floyd, Bill, John Henry and Jerry Ray Tackett; and a sister, Betty Jean Clark.
A celebration of life was held in Yuma on Feb. 7.