Mary Lois (Black) Campbell (1926 - 2018)

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Amherst- Mary Lois Campbell, 91, lifelong resident of Amherst, went to be with her Lord Tuesday, May 15, 2018 in Amherst. She was born October 15, 1926 in Paducah, Texas to Ernest and Bertha Black.

Mary married Gene Campbell August 9, 1945 in the Amherst First United Methodist Church Parsonage. She was very active in her church, as a member of the Fidelis Sunday School Class, and United Methodist Women. She graduated from Amherst High School on 1943, and remained a Bulldog fan throughout her life. She was a lifelong member of the Amherst PTA, a Bulldog Booster, and was awarded Citizen Through the Years in Amherst. Mary was an avid sports fan, and loved the Lady Raiders and enjoyed watching the PGA on tv. Her favorite team was the one her children, grandchildren, or great grandchildren were playing on, and she loved supporting them in their many events. She was lovingly called 'Nana' by her grands and great grands, and their friends as well. In her younger years, Mary attended Texas Tech, and taught school at Amherst during WWII and the Korean Conflict. She and her husband owned and operated Campbell Insurance Agency in Amherst, and she also hand wrote the cotton invoices for E.L Black Cotton trade. She worked at the ASCS office as well and was the contact point for the National Weather Service in the Amherst area. Her grandchildren referred to her as "Meteorologist Mary" because she was always watching the clouds and the weather. After her husband Gene died, Mary and a group of her widowed friends joined together and traveled, whether across the country, or just across town to the cafe for lunch. These women spent a lot of time together, and Mary was the last one left from this close group of friends.

Mary is survived by her three daughters, Kathy Mills and husband Bob of Amherst, Kay Campbell and husband Steve of Amherst and Kammie Beversdorf and husband Jesse of Littlefield; five grandchildren, Jamie McNabb and husband Ryan of Littlefield, Stephanie Hunter and husband Jason of Shallowater, Justin Campbell and wife Shonna of Littlefield, Maisie Jackson and husband Kirk of Pearland, TX, and Tyson Beversdorf and wife LeeAnna of Amherst; twelve grandchildren, Blaine, Taner and Gus McNabb, Lexi, John Kade and Kallan Hunter, Jacob Campbell, Madison and Olivia Jackson, and Kamille, Karlee, and Connor Beversdorf; and many nieces and nephews. Waiting for her in Heaven was her husband Gene Campbell, who passed away January 18, 1991; her parents; and two brothers, Clarence Black and Bill Black.

Funeral services will be 2:00 p.m., Friday, May 18, 2018 at the First United Methodist Church in Amherst with Pastor Phil McClendon officiating. Interment will follow in Fairlawn Cemetery in Amherst. Serving as pallbearers will be Tyson Beversdorf, Justin Campbell, Jason Hunter, Ryan McNabb, Blaine McNabb, Taner McNabb, and Gus McNabb. The family will receive friends Thursday evening at the funeral home from 6:00 - 7:00 p.m. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorials be made to the Amherst EMS or Amherst Fire Department, or to the Amherst First United Methodist Church. Arrangements are under the personal care of Hillcrest Funeral Home in Littlefield.
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Published in The Lubbock Avalanche-Journal from May 17 to May 18, 2018
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