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Mary Catherine Campbell, 78, Bloomington

Mary Campbell, 78, of Bloomington, died Friday Oct. 19, 2012, at Hospice House in Bloomington. She was born Feb. 18, 1934, in a farmhouse near Mt. Sterling, Ill., eldest daughter of Robert N. and Eutrophia G. (Curry) Campbell. Her parents were active church members, her father a postal carrier and prime beef cattle farmer, and her mother a prolific quilter and gardener. Not especially outdoorsy or artistic, she developed a love of music history while studying typing and shorthand. Mary graduated from Brown County High School in 1952, and from University of Illinois in 1956 with a bachelor's degree in journalism. Upon graduation, Mary was hired as social events reporter for Pomona Progress Bulletin in Pomona, Calif. Two years later, she began her 42-year career as a reporter for the Associated Press in Chicago. After she transferred to New York City in 1960, she established a presence in arts journalism as a reporter in the news features department.

Mary made friends throughout her life because she showed a genuine interest in people. Respectful, well prepared and uniquely able to distill the important story from an interview, she earned the admiration of musicians and performers. Colleagues, friends, and family recall stories of her interactions with world-famous entertainers, ranging from Arthur Rubinstein to Johnny Cash to Bob Marley to Beverly Sills to James Taylor to Louis Armstrong, among others. She was a close friend of Duke Ellington, and she danced with him on his birthday at the White House. Almost every day she reviewed opera, theater, or concerts, returning to the office late at night to write up reviews. Appointed by American Theatre Wing and Broadway League as a voter, she helped determine the annual Tony Awards for many years. She encouraged the best in musicians, friends and loved ones.

In 2000, Mary retired to her best friend and sister’s home town of Bloomington, grateful to have ongoing opportunities to attend music and theater events. During retirement she continued reading mysteries, shopping, and giving gifts to friends. Before enduring cancer and neuropathy that left her using a walker, she had started the ten-year project of assisting IU professor of music Harvey Phillips as he wrote his autobiography. “Mr. Tuba” (IU Press) was published a month before her death. She was a member of the Ernie Pyle society of retired journalists, the faculty drama club, attended St. Mark’s United Methodist Church, and volunteered at Opportunity House resale shop.

Survivors include sister Ruth and brother-in-law Joe Miller; brother Allen Campbell and his companion Vi Hill; nieces Lisa Miller Maidi and Annie (husband Masaaki Mochizuki); great-niece Elly Mochizuki; great-nephews Ben, Ali, Chabane (wife Anna), Dawood, and their father Rachid Maidi; step-great-nieces Angie and Izumi Mochizuki; god-daughter Katrina Stallings; devoted extended family; and many dear friends.

A funeral service was conducted in Mt. Sterling Sunday Oct. 21, with burial in Rigg Cemetery, alongside generations of Campbells.

A memorial service is to be conducted at noon Saturday, Nov. 17, 2012, followed by luncheon and story sharing at St. Mark’s United Methodist Church, 100 N. State Rd. 46 Bypass, Bloomington, IN 47408. Due to current road construction, a local map to the church is provided at http://stmarksbloomington.org. Pastor Mary Beth Morgan will officiate at the service and can be reached at the church, (812) 332-5788.

Memorial contributions can be made to Opportunity House of Monroe County United Ministries at www.mcum.org or to Equity Fights AIDS at http://www.broadwaycares.org.

  • December 19
    Bingo
    5 p.m. Fruitdale Fire Station, 5200 State Road 135 North.
  • December 19
    Christmas sing-along at The Playhouse
    7:30 p.m. BC Playhouse, 70 S. Van Buren St.
  • December 19
    Live band at dance barn
    6 p.m. Mike's Dance Barn, 2277 State Road 46 West
  • December 19
    Live hip hop music at dance barn
    7 p.m. Mike's Dance Barn, 2277 State Road 46 West
  • December 20
    Live band at dance barn
    6 p.m. Mike's Dance Barn, 2277 State Road 46 West
  • December 20
    Euchre
    6 p.m. Sycamore Valley Center, 746 Memorial Drive (fairgrounds)
  • December 20
    Dave Miller at Abe Martin Lodge
    5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Abe Martin Lodge, Brown County State Park
  • December 20
    'Gone Girl' at the Playhouse
    1 p.m., 4 p.m., 7 p.m. BC Playhouse, 70 S. Van Buren St.
  • December 20
    Railroad museum features model Christmas trains
    1 to 7 p.m. BC RR Museum, 18 W. Three Story Hill Road, Fruitdale
  • December 21
    'Gone Girl' at the Playhouse
    1 p.m., 4 p.m., 7 p.m. BC Playhouse, 70 S. Van Buren St.
  • December 21
    Railroad museum features model Christmas trains´╗┐
    1 to 7 p.m. BC RR Museum, 18 W. Three Story Hill Road, Fruitdale
  • December 23
    Euchre
    6 p.m. Sycamore Valley Center, 746 Memorial Drive (fairgrounds)
  • December 24
    Nashville government offices CLOSED
  • December 24
    Christmas Eve Communion service at Becks Grove church
    7 p.m. Becks Grove Christian Church, 8009 Becks Grove Road
  • December 24
    Candlelight service at Helmsburg church Christmas Eve
    7 p.m. Brown County Community Church, 2370 Main St., Helmsburg
  • December 24
    Candlelight service set for Christmas Eve
    6:30 p.m. Country Gospel Music Church, 5181 State Road 46 East
  • December 24
    Cordry church hosts candlelight service Christmas Eve
    7 p.m. Church of the Lakes, 8844 Nineveh Road
  • December 25
    Government Offices CLOSED
  • December 26
    Bingo
    6 p.m. Fruitdale Fire Station, 5200 State Road 135 North, Bean Blossom
  • December 26
    Brown County Government Offices CLOSED
  • December 27
    Bingo
    6 p.m. Fruitdale Fire Station, 5200 State Road 135 North, Bean Blossom
  • December 27
    Live band at dance barn
    7:30 p.m. Mike's Dance Barn, 2277 State Road 46 West
  • December 29
    Jackson Township Board
    7 p.m. Jackson Township Board, Trustee's Office, 5765 Carmel Ridge Road