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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.

  • April 26
    County history center dedication slated
    2 p.m. Brown County History Center, 90 E. Gould
  • April 26
    Wildflower foray slated at historic site
    TC Steele State Historic Site, 4220 T.C. Steele Road, Belmont
  • April 26
    'McFarland, USA' at the Playhouse
    4 p.m., 7 p.m. BC Playhouse, 70 S. Van Buren St.
  • April 26
    Morel Festival gospel service at music park
    10 a.m. Bill Monroe Music Park, 5163 State Road 135 North, Bean Blossom
  • April 26
    Southern gospel quartet at Gnaw Bone church
    9 a.m. Country Gospel Music Church, 5181 State Road 46 East
  • April 26
    Dave Miller at Abe Martin Lodge
    Noon to 2 p.m. Brown County State Park, State Road 46 East
  • April 27
    BC Alcoholic Beverage Board
    11 a.m. County Office Building, 201 N. Locust Lane
  • April 28
    Euchre
    6 p.m. Sycamore Valley Center, 746 Memorial Drive (fairgrounds)
  • April 28
    BC Convention & Visitors Bureau
    8:30 a.m. Brown County State Park, 1450 State Road 46 East (north entrance)
  • April 28
    BC Area Plan Commission
    6 p.m. County Office Building, 201 N. Locust Lane
  • April 28
    Open 12-step meeting in New Bellsville area
    8 p.m. Harmony Baptist Church, 3999 Mt. Liberty Road, New Bellesville
  • April 29
    BC Board of Zoning Appeals
    6 p.m. County Office Building, 201 N. Locust Lane
  • April 29
    Jeff Foster at Hobnob restaurant
    6 to 8 p.m. Hobnob, 17 W. Main St.
  • April 29
    Lake Lemon Conservancy District Board
    6 p.m. Benton Township Senior Center, 7606 State Road 45, Unionville
  • April 29
    BC Sheriff's Merit Board
    4 p.m. Sheriff's Office, Law Enforcement Center, 55 State Road 46 East
  • April 30
    Go Club at the library
    4 to 6 p.m. Brown County Public Library, 205 N. Locust Lane
  • April 30
    WRAPS
    7 to 9 p.m. Library, 205 N. Locust Lane
  • April 30
    Gospel jam & sing at Gnaw Bone church
    6:30 p.m. Country Gospel Music Church, 5181 State Road 46 East
  • May 1
    Bingo
    5 p.m. Fruitdale Fire Station, 5200 State Road 135 North, Bean Blossom
  • May 1
    Antique tractor, engine and machinery show at the fairgrounds
    7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Brown County 4-H fairgrounds
  • May 1
    'Back to the Future' at the Playhouse
    7 p.m. BC Playhouse, 70 S. Van Buren St.
  • May 2
    Euchre
    6 p.m. Sycamore Valley Center, 746 Memorial Drive (fairgrounds)
  • May 2
    Dave Miller at Abe Martin Lodge
    5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Brown County State Park, State Road 46 East
  • May 2
    Morel Mushroom sale & festival at state park Nature Center
    10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Brown County State Park, 1450 State Road 46 East (north entrance)
  • May 2
    Antique tractor, engine and machinery show at the fairgrounds
    7 a.m. to 3 p.m. Brown County 4-H fairgrounds
  • May 2
    Spring Blossom Festival dance planned
    6 to 10 p.m. The Seasons Lodge, 560 State Road 46 East
  • May 2
    Spring Blossom Parade and food drive downtown
    11 a.m. downtown Nashville
  • May 3
    Read to a dog at the library
    2 to 3:30 p.m. Library, 205 N. Locust Lane
  • May 3
    Dave Miller at Abe Martin Lodge
    Noon to 2 p.m. Brown County State Park, State Road 46 East
  • May 3
    'The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel' at the Playhouse
    4 p.m., 7 p.m. BC Playhouse, 70 S. Van Buren St.
  • May 3
    Antique tractor, engine and machinery show at the fairgrounds
    7 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Brown County 4-H fairgrounds
  • May 5
    Euchre
    6 p.m. Sycamore Valley Center, 746 Memorial Drive (fairgrounds)
  • May 5
    Open 12-step meeting in New Bellsville area
    8 p.m. Harmony Baptist Church, 3999 Mt. Liberty Road, New Bellesville
  • May 6
    Jeff Foster at Hobnob restaurant
    6 to 8 p.m. Hobnob, 17 W. Main St.
  • May 7
    WRAPS
    7 to 9 p.m. Library, 205 N. Locust Lane
  • May 7
    Gospel jam & sing at Gnaw Bone church
    6:30 p.m. Country Gospel Music Church, 5181 State Road 46 East
  • May 7
    BC photography club
    7 to 9 p.m. Library, 205 N. Locust Lane
  • May 8
    Bingo
    6 p.m. Fruitdale Fire Station, 5200 State Road 135 North, Bean Blossom
  • May 9
    Free community breakfast at Sprunica church
    8 to 10 a.m. Sprunica Baptist Church, 3902 Sprunica Road
  • May 9
    Open house conducted at New Song
    9 to 11 a.m. New Song Mission, 7202 Keith Donaldson Road, Freetown
  • May 11
    BC Election Board
    2 p.m. County Office Building, 201 N. Locust Lane
  • May 13
    Jeff Foster at Hobnob restaurant
    6 to 8 p.m. Hobnob, 17 W. Main St.
  • May 14
    Local Coordinating Council
    8 a.m. Comm. Corrections Office, Suite B, lower level of Veterans Hall, 902 Deer Run Lane,
  • May 16
    Dave Miller at Abe Martin Lodge
    5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Abe Martin Lodge, Brown County State Park
  • May 16
    Rock & mineral club
    6 p.m. Extension Office, 802 Memorial Drive at the fairgrounds
  • May 16
    Historic site hosts outdoor art contest
    7 a.m. to 4 p.m. TC Steele State Historic Site, 4220 T.C. Steele Road, Belmont
  • 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)