Mary Elizabeth Campbell

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Mary Elizabeth Campbell, 98, died peacefully at home in Jacksonville, on the evening of June 6, 2015. She was born in Peonia, Grayson County, Ky. as Mary Elizabeth Lush on April 14, 1917, the daughter of Ralph Lush and Constance Norman. When her mother and father divorced, her mother's side of the family moved to Illinois. Mary's grandparents, William Henry Norman and Fannie Ophelia Witten, played an important role in raising her. Her mother married Gordon Buchanan and had three daughters with him, who grew up with Mary on a small farm. Mary graduated from Tampico High School in Whiteside County, Ill. in 1935 and worked on the farm in Deer Grove, Illinois. When her grandparents moved back to Kentucky, Mary went with them, and worked as an inspector in a textile factory in Louisville, Ky., and later as a switchboard operator in Sterling, Illinois. She married John "Jack" Campbell Jr. on January 31, 1942. Jack Campbell served as an Infantry officer in the European Theatre during World War II, and Mary became an Army wife when he decided to stay in the military. Mary was the glue that held the family together as it traveled the world from Chicago, Ill., to Fort Benning, Ga, to Munich, Germany, to Fort Leavenworth, Kan., to Chicago again while Jack was in Saudi Arabia, to Alexandria, Va., to Tehran, Iran, to Saint Louis, Miss., and finally to Fort McClellan, where Jack and Mary retired. They lived in Weaver, from 1967 until shortly before Jack died in 1995, when they moved to Jacksonville. Mary and Jack were happily married for more than 53 years. Her two sons also became career Army officers. Mary was a Red Cross Volunteer for 37 years, devoting two to three days per week to assisting the administration and patients in the Medical Ward of the Surgical Clinic at Noble Army Community Hospital at Fort McClellan. Her most important contribution at the hospital was her ability to comfort and touch the lives of many soldiers who were far away from their families. She stayed true to her farming roots by winning ribbons at the County Fairs for her jams, jellies and pickles. Mary Campbell made friends with every person she met. Above all, she loved her family. She is survived by her two sons, John and James; two grandchildren, Scott and Casey Hicks; one great-grandchild, Riley Hicks and a half-sister, Joanne Lowe. She was predeceased by two half-sisters, Clemma June Yarde and Jean Pfundstein. The family expresses its gratitude for the care and love provided to Mary over the years by the caregivers of the Butterworth Nursing Agency. Mary will be buried at Arlington National Cemetery with her husband, Jack. Online condolences to the family at K. L. Brown Funeral Home & Cremation Center 322 Nisbet St., N.W. Jacksonville, AL 36265 256.435.7042
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Published in The Anniston Star on June 10, 2015