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Mary O. Campbell

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Mary O. Campbell

Our beautiful Mary passed away peacefully on Thursday, August 16, 2018 at the age of 96.

Mary, the youngest of three daughters and a first-generation Croatian-American, was born November 22, 1921 in Dockton (Vashon Island, WA) to Mate and Mande Bogunovich.

With the untimely death of her father when she was 11, Mary and her family worked a small berry farm and lived off the land and the generosity of their neighbors through the Depression era. After graduating from Vashon High School in 1940, she went on to become a beautician and ran her own beauty shop on Vashon until the end of WWII. She later worked at the House of Edward, I. Magnin, and retired from Frederick & Nelson in downtown Seattle in 1987.

Mary met her husband of 70 years, Albert A. "Bud" Campbell, in Tacoma in 1943. It was love at first sight! They eloped and married in Las Vegas on June 1, 1943. After WWII, they settled in North Seattle and raised six children. She affectionately called him her "Prince Albert" in light of their fairy tale romance. Mary and Bud had 12 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren (with 2 more on the way!).

Mary loved to read, garden, dance, travel, decorate her home, entertain family & friends, and bargain shop. She had a special weakness for shoes, purses and pretty dishes! Her embroidery projects were beautiful. She was a talented writer and poet, and her favorite daily routine included coffee, a bear claw pastry, and solving the daily crossword puzzle IN INK! Mary was a fan of As the World Turns, listened to the wisdom of Judge Judy, and laughed her way through reruns of Seinfeld with Dad. She orchestrated endless talent shows for her grandkids to perform. Her favorite color was red and she would never turn down any form of chocolate or the chance to hold a baby! In retirement, Mary and Bud spent afternoons playing the card game Kings on the Corner and enjoying their daily vodka martinis (2 olives!).

Mary and Bud were charter members of St. Matthew's Church in Seattle. She enjoyed her monthly Pinochle group and dishing up her home cooking. Her kitchen was affectionately known as The Via Cafe; as it was the best dining stop off Interstate 5!

Mom was quite the trickster so of course she loved playing April Fool's jokes on all of us.

Dad fell for it every time! We loved listening to all her stories about growing up on "the island". She was young-at-heart and adventurous, always looking forward to her next trip. She traveled extensively all over the U.S., to Europe, Australia, and New Zealand. Her favorite trip was back to Croatia to meet her relatives and see the beautiful Adriatic locale.

Mary is predeceased by her husband, Albert Campbell; parents, Mate and Mande Bogunovich; sisters, Helen (Tony) Puz, Jennie (Chuck) Livers, son-in-law Norman Lau; and granddaughter Angela Hassel.

She is survived by her children, Cathy (Dennis) Katte, Scott (Kathy) Campbell, Molly Campbell, Janie Campbell, Amy (Mark) Hassel, and Maria Campbell; grandchildren, Trevor (Star), Tyler (Liz), Kelly (Lance), Brent (Jurga), Brooke (Adam), Malia (Dwight), Shannon (A.D.), Amanda (Chris), Chase, Andrea (Robbie), Stephanie, and Kylie.

Funeral Mass will be celebrated Monday, September 17 at 11 AM

at St. Matthew Catholic Church, 1240 NE 127th St, Seattle, WA. Interment to follow at

Acacia Memorial Park

14951 Bothell Way NE, Seattle, WA

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Published in The Seattle Times on Sept. 9, 2018
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