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Mary Lou Campbell Patrick


1936 - 2016 Obituary Condolences
Mary Lou Campbell Patrick Obituary
August 26, 1936 - October 16, 2016 Mary Lou was born in Covina, CA to Edward Entwisle Campbell of Johnstown, Pennsylvania, and Mary Hawley Campbell of Mountain Home, Idaho and Los Angeles. Raised in the Lafayette Square neighborhood of Los Angeles, she attended L.A. High with her three brothers. The family enjoyed Los Angeles life in the forties and fifties, taking the Pacific Electric Rail line to Santa Monica beach and playing tennis at the L.A. Tennis Club. She loved to read and excelled at sports, including tether ball as a youngster and, later, synchronized swimming, volleyball, and tennis. Mary Lou studied literature at U.C.L.A. and U.C. Berkeley, then in 1956 married Daniel Patrick, with whom she had two daughters, Lee Anne and Dana Lynn Patrick. In 1966 she joined the Los Angeles Police Department while continuing to raise her daughters on her own. While at L.A.P.D. she was chosen to attend the F.B.I. Academy in Quantico Virginia. In her middle years Mary Lou found happiness through Alcoholics Anonymous, forming deep and valued friendships she kept for the rest of her days. After retiring she worked briefly as a private investigator before settling into a quieter life in El Segundo, CA. There Mary Lou enjoyed spending time with friends, playing on the tennis team, growing roses, and caring for her faithful canine and feline companions, Andy and Terra. She became an ace at crossword puzzles and followed the Dodgers with unwavering loyalty. She moved to Seattle in September 2016, where she spent her last days happily, surrounded by family. Mary Lou cherished her family and friends, especially her beloved granddaughters, above all else. Though she lived on a pension, she succeeded in putting each of her granddaughters through college. She will be remembered by those who knew her as generous, super-smart, funny, loving, and brave, and also as an unflappable champion of common sense. Mary Lou is survived by her brothers Alan Edward Campbell, Bruce Hall Campbell, and Edward (Ted) Hawley Campbell, her daughter Dana Patrick Good, and three granddaughters, Susan, Sara, and Molly Good.
Published in the Los Angeles Times from Nov. 19 to Nov. 20, 2016
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