Edythe W. Campbell Peter
Edythe W. Campbell Peter, 88, a resident of Belen, joined our Lord and Savior on Sunday, May 9.
Born to Oscar and Elizabeth Campbell in Ada, Okla., on Dec. 25, 1915, she graduated from Baylor University with a bachelor of arts degree in fine arts and art history.
She married the love of her life, Earl E. Peter, who preceded her in death in 2002. She and Earl founded Ranchero Builders Supply in 1946. Edythe was so very proud of her son, Eddie, his wife, Janice, and their children for continuing the tradition and legacy of Ranchero Builders Supply in making it one of the finest lumber yards and ranch-supply stores in New Mexico.
Not only was Edythe a devoted homemaker, she was also a well-known, published poet. She composed many poems throughout her lifetime, winning many awards. Two of her poems "Love" and "Las Truchas" have been included in Anthologies of the State's Poetry, published in 1974 and again in 1977 by the New Mexico Poetry Society. She also achieved what was perhaps her highest literary honor, The Golden Poet Award of 1988 from the World of Poetry Society, an international organization of poets. The award was given for her poem "Love" and was presented at the international group's annual convention in Anaheim, Calif.
Edythe was also an avid artist with many of her originals owned by family and friends. She currently has two paintings displayed in the Belen Harvey House and also at First State Bank. Her art teacher was the renowned Van Hossler.
Edythe had a very strong family ethic that was nurtured by her loving sisters and brothers who were not only best friends during their childhood, but remained strong and steadfast friends throughout their adult life.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Earl, in 2002; grandson, Edward, in 1972; her parents, Oscar and Elizabeth Campbell; six sisters and two brothers.
Edythe is survived by her son, Eddie E. Peter, and his wife, Janice; three grandchildren, Mark D. Peter, Susan Moore and Kenneth Peter, all of Belen; five great-grandchildren, Danielle, Mark, Renee and Kendall Peter, all of Belen, and Lindsey Moore of Phoenix, Ariz.; and one brother, J.W. Campbell of Houston, Texas.
Graveside services will be held at Terrace Grove Cemetery in Belen at 10 a.m Thursday, May 13, with Pastor Boyd Morerod officiating. Romero Funeral Home, 609 N. Main St., Belen.
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