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Ellen Henrikson Campbell

Ellen Anne Henrikson Campbell, 58, Prairie Village, Kan., passed away Saturday, July 23, 2011.

The family will gather for a private memorial service and there will be a service in celebration of her life on Saturday, Sept. 10, at White Hall on the campus of UMKC. The details of that celebration will be announced at a later time.

Ellen was preceded in death by her father, Toralf Henrikson.

She is survived by her mother, Violet; her husband, Douglas Campbell; her son, Neill; and three stepchildren, Cheryl Campbell (Jim Culver), Douglas Campbell Jr. (Lori), and David Campbell (Miriam). She also leaves a brother, Gordon (Gretchen) Henrikson; her nieces and nephew, Margaret, Nicholas and Elizabeth (Brian Byrne).

Ellen was born to Toralf and Violet Henrikson on June 12, 1953, at Pillsbury, N.D. As a child, the family moved a number of times as her father was an educator and school administrator. She displayed her musical talent at an early age and in high school at Detroit Lakes, settling on the French horn as her instrument. She pursued her studies on the horn, earning her bachelor's degree at Luther College in Decorah, Iowa. She then did post graduate work on the instrument at the New England Conservatory of Music, Boston, Mass., and completed her master's degree at Michigan State University in East Lansing, Mich.

She began her teaching career at SW Texas State in San Marcos, Texas. In 1983, she married the love of her life, Douglas Campbell. In 1989, she gave birth to their only son, Neill, who she refers to as her greatest achievement. For a number of years, she taught independently, played horn in the Kalamazoo Symphony, Lansing Symphony, Grand Rapids Symphony, the Detroit Opera Orchestra, and numerous other organizations in the upper Midwest. In 1990, she joined the staff at the University of New Mexico, where she also toured with the New Mexico Brass. Her career took her to Eugene, Ore., where she was on the faculty of the University of Oregon, and occasionally played in the Oregon Symphony in Portland. While in Oregon, she also hosted the 28th International Horn Society's Convention in 1996.

She moved to Prairie Village upon accepting a position at the UMKC Conservatory teaching French horn.

For many years, she spent her summers teaching and performing at such venues as Interlochen Center for the Arts, in Interlochen, Mich., and Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp near Twin Lake, Mich.

Ellen enjoyed traveling with her husband Doug and son Neill. Her travels included much of Europe (a number of trips), Red China, Australia and recently an Alaskan Cruise.

She was a sensitive, caring person who showed love and compassion for others and was a dear friend to many. In addition to traveling, she truly enjoyed entertaining and gourmet cooking. She was genuine and loving, and will be missed terribly.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests that memorial contributions be given to organizations that help combat rheumatoid arthritis, cancer and Alzheimer's.