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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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  • May 26
    Euchre
    6 p.m. Sycamore Valley Center, 746 Memorial Drive (fairgrounds)
  • May 26
    BC Area Plan Commission CANCELED
    County Office Building, 201 N. Locust Lane
  • May 26
    Open 12-step meeting in New Bellsville area
    8 p.m. Harmony Baptist Church, 3999 Mt. Liberty Road, New Bellesville
  • May 27
    Jeff Foster at Hobnob restaurant
    6 to 8 p.m. Hobnob, 17 W. Main St.
  • May 27
    BC Sheriff's Merit Board
    4 p.m. Sheriff's Office, Law Enforcement Center, 55 State Road 46 East
  • May 27
    BC Board of Zoning Appeals
    6 p.m. County Office Building, 201 N. Locust Lane
  • May 28
    Go Club at the library
    3:30 to 5 p.m. Brown County Public Library, 205 N. Locust Lane
  • May 29
    Farmers market reopens in Bean Bean Blossom
    4 p.m. St. David's Episcopal Church, 11 State Road 45 at 135 North, Bean Blossom
  • May 29
    Bingo
    6 p.m. Fruitdale Fire Station, 5200 State Road 135 North, Bean Blossom
  • May 29
    Gospel jubilee at Redbarn
    8 p.m. RedBarn Jamboree, 71 Parkview Road off 46 East
  • May 30
    Euchre
    6 p.m. Sycamore Valley Center, 746 Memorial Drive (fairgrounds)
  • May 30
    Dave Miller at Abe Martin Lodge
    5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Brown County State Park, State Road 46 East
  • May 30
    Comedy tour at the Playhouse
    7:30 p.m. BC Playhouse, 70 S. Van Buren St.
  • May 31
    Dave Miller at Abe Martin Lodge
    10 a.m. to noon Abe Martin Lodge, Brown County State Park
  • June 2
    Euchre
    6 p.m. Sycamore Valley Center, 746 Memorial Drive (fairgrounds)
  • June 2
    Open 12-step meeting in New Bellsville area
    8 p.m. Harmony Baptist Church, 3999 Mt. Liberty Road, New Bellesville
  • June 2
    Bean Blossom Sewer Board
    6:30 p.m. County Office Building, 201 N. Locust Lane
  • June 3
    Jeff Foster at Hobnob restaurant
    6 to 8 p.m. Hobnob, 17 W. Main St.
  • June 4
    Go Club at the library
    3:30 to 5 p.m. Brown County Public Library, 205 N. Locust Lane
  • June 4
    WRAPS
    7 to 9 p.m. Library, 205 N. Locust Lane
  • June 4
    Gospel jam & sing first Thursday in Gnaw Bone
    6:30 p.m. Country Gospel Church, 5181 State Road 46 East
  • June 5
    Strawberry fest during farmers market
    4 p.m. St. David's Episcopal Church, 11 State Road 45 at 135 North, Bean Blossom
  • June 5
    Bingo
    5 p.m. Fruitdale Fire Station, 5200 State Road 135 North, Bean Blossom
  • June 5
    Gospel jubilee at Redbarn
    8 p.m. RedBarn Jamboree, 71 Parkview Road, off 46 East
  • June 6
    Shrine parade celebrates summer
    11 a.m. downtown Nashville
  • June 7
    Read to dogs at the library
    2 to 3:30 p.m. Library, 205 N. Locust Lane
  • June 11
    Gospel jam & sing at Gnaw Bone church
    6:30 p.m. Country Gospel Church, 5181 State Road 46 East
  • June 12
    BC photography club
    7 to 9 p.m. Library, 205 N. Locust Lane
  • June 13
    Free community breakfast at Sprunica church
    8 to 10 a.m. Sprunica Baptist Church, 3902 Sprunica Road
  • June 13
    Open house conducted at New Song
    9 to 11 a.m. New Song Mission, 7202 Keith Donaldson Road, Freetown
  • June 15
    Essential oil class at tea shop
    6 p.m. Sweetea's Tea Shop, 225 S. Van Buren St., Suite C, Coachlight Square
  • June 17
    Hamblen Fire District
    7 p.m. Hamblen Fire Station, 4650 Sweetwater Trail, Gatesville
  • June 20
    Rock & mineral club
    6 p.m. Extension Office, 802 Memorial Drive at the fairgrounds
  • June 20
    Pollinator Awareness Day at state park Nature Center
    9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Brown County State Park, 1450 State Road 46 East (north entrance)
  • July 11
    Health fair at the YMCA
    8 a.m. to noon YMCA, 105 Willow St.