It is with heavy hearts that we, the family, announce the passing of our mom Georgena Campbell at the Glace Bay General Hospital on Sunday, Jan. 24, 2016 surrounded by her loving family. Born in Gardiner Mines, she was the daughter of the late John and Florence (Stubbert) O’Brien
As a young girl, she worked as a nanny in Ottawa. She returned to the Gardiner where she worked at the Gardiner Mines Retreat House. She then met the love of her life Hartigan Campbell and moved to New Waterford to start her family. She was a homemaker and the mother of five children. Georgena loved to garden, watch the birds, cook and bake, especially tea-biscuits with brown sugar for her grandsons. Georgena loved horses and horse races and over the years she could be found at the track with her husband and children. It was that love that many of her children and grandchildren used to carry on the tradition of harness racing. Georgena was inducted into the Cape Breton Horse Owners Association, Ladies Hall of Fame in 2011.
Georgena is survived by her children, Mabel Campbell, B.C., Donnie, Edmonton, Bobby (Cathy), New Waterford, and Darlene (Rod), River Ryan; brother Doug O’Brien (Sally), Gardiner Mines; son-in law Dave “Crocker” Kelly, PEI; brother-in law Dougie Campbell, New Waterford; sister-in laws Janey Crawley and Betty Campbell, Massachusetts; 12 grandchildren, 12 great-grandchildren, one great-great grandchild as well as many nieces and nephews.
Besides her parents, she was predeceased by her husband Hartigan, her daughter Colleen Campbell-Kelly; grandchildren Michelle Penny, Alyssa and Blake Campbell; brothers Bobby O’Brien, Gerald in infancy; sister Flossie O’Handley and numerous sister and brother-in laws.
Cremation has taken place. Visitation will be held on Wednesday, Jan. 27, 2016 from 2-4, 7-9. A funeral mass will take place on Thursday, Jan. 28, 2016 at 10 a.m. in the Parish of St. Leonard, Mount Carmel Avenue with Fr. Joe Gillis officiating, followed by a luncheon at the K.O.C Hall Plummer Ave. All are welcome. Interment in Mount Carmel Cemetery. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of McLellan Brothers Funeral Home, 3183 Plummer Ave., New Waterford, 902-862-7500. In Lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to the Alzheimer Society or a charity of one’s choice. To send condolences to the family go to; www.mclellanfuneralhome.com.