South Ogden resident celebrates
Afton Rigby Van Kampen will celebrate her 102nd birthday on Oct. 30.
She was born on Oct. 30, 1911, in Newton and says she never envisioned living this long, but does the best she can with every day the Lord has allowed her to live. She also says she has been privileged to attend two governor's centenarian luncheons, reconnecting with a high school friend and a second cousin.
She married Rudy L. Van Kampen on Oct. 24, 1935, and they spent 63 years together before his death in 1998. They endured hardships of the Great Depression and raised four children. She worked alongside her husband in the family furniture business and as a crew leader on the 1960 Census in Weber County.
Active in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, she has worked in Young Women's and Relief Society. She still serves as a visiting teacher. She served an LDS mission to the Northwestern States and met President Heber J. Grant when he visited. She has since met each church president, meeting some of them as apostles when her husband served as Riverdale stake president.
She has enjoyed reading and listens to books on tape. Friends have been important to her, and she still keeps in contact with many.
She says her greatest accomplishment is her family: Dr. Kent R. and Geniel Van Kampen, Jedd (deceased) and Nancy Van Kampen, Beth and Frank D. Maughan, and Bruce R. Van Kampen.
She has 12 grandchildren and 24 great-grandchildren, who phone her often.