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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.

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  • January 31
    Euchre
    6 p.m. Sycamore Valley Center, 746 Memorial Drive (fairgrounds)
  • January 31
    Dave Miller at Abe Martin Lodge
    5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Abe Martin Lodge, Brown County State Park
  • January 31
    Live band at sports bar
    8 p.m. Salt Creek Golf Retreat, 2359 State Road 46 East
  • January 31
    'Wild' at the Playhouse
    4 p.m. BC Playhouse, 70 S. Van Buren St.
  • January 31
    'Psycho' party at the Playhouse
    7:30 p.m. BC Playhouse, 70 S. Van Buren St.
  • February 1
    'Wild' at the Playhouse
    4 p.m., 7 p.m. BC Playhouse, 70 S. Van Buren St.
  • February 2
    Gnaw Bone Sewage District
    5:30 p.m. Library, 205 N. Locust Lane
  • February 3
    Euchre
    6 p.m. Sycamore Valley Center, 746 Memorial Drive (fairgrounds)
  • February 3
    Open 12-step meetings in New Bellsville area
    6 to 7 p.m. Harmony Baptist Church, 3999 Mt. Liberty Road, New Bellesville
  • February 3
    Bean Blossom Regional Sewer Board
    7:30 p.m. County Office Building, 201 N. Locust Lane
  • February 3
    Women's Bible study offered
    1 to 3 p.m. Cornerstone Inn, 54 E. Franklin St.
  • February 4
    Lake Lemon Conservancy District annual meeting
    6 p.m. Benton Township Senior Center, 7616 E. State Road 45, Unionville
  • February 4
    Jeff Foster at Hobnob restaurant
    6 to 8 p.m. Hobnob, 17 W. Main St.
  • February 4
    Van Buren Township Advisory Board
    7 p.m. Van Buren trustee's office, 4748 Christianburg Road
  • February 4
    BC Emergency Management Advisory Council
    8 a.m. Ambulance Base, 53 State Road 46 East
  • February 5
    Go Club meeting Thursdays
    3:30 to 5 p.m. Brown County Public Library, 205 N. Locust Lane
  • February 5
    Jackson Township Board
    6 p.m. Jackson Fire Station, 4831 Helmsburg Road
  • February 6
    Bingo
    5 p.m. Fruitdale Fire Station, 5200 State Road 135 North, Bean Blossom
  • February 7
    Euchre
    6 p.m. Sycamore Valley Center, 746 Memorial Drive (fairgrounds)
  • February 7
    Dave Miller at Abe Martin Lodge
    5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Abe Martin Lodge, Brown County State Park
  • February 7
    Karaoke at sports bar
    8 p.m. Salt Creek Golf Retreat, 2359 State Road 46 East
  • February 7
    Cabin Fever Concert features local music
    7 to midnight The Seasons Lodge, 560 State Road 46 East
  • February 9
    Washington Township Trustees
    7 p.m. Parkview Church of the Nazarene, 1750 State Road 46 East
  • February 9
    Reservation deadline for Valentine's tea at local shop
    Sweetea's Tea Shop, 225 S. Van Buren St., Suite C, Coachlight Square
  • February 10
    Euchre
    6 p.m. Sycamore Valley Center, 746 Memorial Drive (fairgrounds)
  • February 10
    Van Buren Fire Department
    6 p.m. Van Buren Fire Station, 4040 State Road 135 South
  • February 10
    Peaceful Valley Heritage Preservation Society meeting set
    6:30 p.m. Library, 205 N. Locust Lane
  • February 10
    BC Genealogical Society meeting slated
    2 p.m. Brown County History Center, 90 E. Gould
  • February 11
    East Hill Cemetery meeting slated
    7 p.m. Morgantown Community Center, 269 W. Washington St.
  • February 12
    BC Convention & Visitors Commission
    8:30 a.m. County Office Building, 201 N. Locust Lane
  • February 13
    Bingo
    5 p.m. Fruitdale Fire Station, 5200 State Road 135 North.
  • February 13
    Daddy-daughter Valentine's dance Friday the 13th
    6:30 p.m. Sweetea's Tea Shop, 225 S. Van Buren St., Suite C, Coachlight Square
  • February 14
    Free community breakfast at Sprunica church
    8 to 10 a.m. Sprunica Baptist Church, 3902 Sprunica Road
  • February 17
    Hamblen Trustee Board annual review
    6:30 p.m. 2314 Hickory Ridge Lane off Hornettown Road
  • February 19
    Woodlands project dinner, meeting slated
    6 p.m. Parkview Church of the Nazarene, 1750 State Road 46 East
  • February 20
    Bingo
    6 p.m. Fruitdale Fire Station, 5200 State Road 135 North, Bean Blossom
  • March 7
    Meet 'Wilderness Plots' author at the library
    7 p.m. Library, 205 N. Locust Lane
  • March 8
    'Wilderness Plots'-themed concert planned
    4 p.m. BCHS, 235 School House Lane
  • March 8
    Brown County bridal tour slated
    10 a.m. to 6 p.m. various locations
  • March 10
    Soil & water conservation district to celebrate 62 years
    6 p.m. Brown County History Center, 90 E. Gould
  • March 21
    Venders needed for Jackson TFD yard sale
    8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Jackson Township Fire Department, 4831 Helmsburg Road
  • April 26
    County history center dedication slated
    2 p.m. Brown County History Center, 90 E. Gould