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Mary Alice Campbell

January 7, 1930 — August 27, 2016


January 7, 1930
Bancroft, Iowa

August 27, 2016
Sanborn, Iowa

3:00 P.M. Friday, September 2, 2016
St. Patricks Catholic Church; Sheldon, Iowa
Father Siby Punnoose; Father Tim Hogan and Deacon Tom Fox

Lector: Paul Dockry
Commentator: Cindy Durbin
Offertory Gift Bearers:
Nicki Foreman, Keith Shea, John C. Shea and Andy Shea

Visitation will be from 1:00 3:00pm
on Friday, September 2, 2016 at
St. Patrick Catholic Church in Sheldon, Iowa

Be Not Afraid
Here I Am Lord
Ave Maria
Amazing Grace Jann Braaksma Violin Solo
Song of Farewell Choir of Angels
How Great Thou Art
Cantors: Linda Gude and Clint Badberg
Organist: Toni Bart

Carol McCarty Barb Haack
Olive Wilson Jan Ralston
Beth Wilson Joanne Hutchinson Ellis
Sr. Anne McCormick Esther DAgrosa

St. Patricks Catholic Cemetery
Sheldon, Iowa

In Lieu of flowers memorials may be directed to:
Gentiva Hospice of Spirit Lake
and LOVE Inc. of Sheldon, IA

After the graveside service relatives and friends are invited
to join the family in the fellowship hall of the church.

Arrangements under the care of the:
Vander Ploeg Funeral Home
Sheldon, Iowa


Mary Alice Campbell was born January 7, 1930 in Bancroft, IA to Charles (Charlie) Fox and Alice (Barslou) Fox. She spent her first 13 years in Bancroft and attended St. Johns Catholic school until they moved to Algona, IA in 1943. She graduated from St. Cecelias in 1947. Following her graduation she continued her education and became a stenographer and worked in the Kossuth County Courthouse. Set up on a blind date by mutual friends, she met and married Keith W. Campbell of Humboldt, IA on October 16, 1954. After their wedding they took up residence in Des Moines, IA until they moved to Sheldon, IA in 1961 where they made their home and raised their family; daughters Tricia and Kitty. Mary Alice was a homemaker, loved her home and welcomed a good visit. She was a community and global activist and was involved in the causes she believed in and was passionate about. She was a member of St. Patricks Catholic Church supporting Catholic Charities, a member of the St. Patricks Ladies Guild and Diocesan President of the Council of Catholic Women. A supporter of womens rights and equality for all, she dreamed of women in the priesthood and a woman in the White House. Mary Alice was a lifelong member of the Democratic Party and an avid debater of all things political. Her friends would describe her as a true Democrat and she was an active participant in campaigning and elections at all government levels. As a member of the Northwest Iowa Peace Links she enjoyed sharing her opinions in letters to the editor, traveling to Russia as part of an auxiliary group in 1987 on a Peace March, and Washington, DC in 1999 to see her Peace Links group receive national recognition for their efforts. When not performing her duties as a Peacenik, she enjoyed annual fishing trips to Lake of the Woods, golfing, playing bridge, wintering in Tucson, AZ, participating in the Campbell Family reunions, enjoying time with her Grandchildren and Great-Grandchildren, painting, the arts and Public Television and Radio. She was also an avid listener to the Prairie Home Companion and a true Garrison Keillor fan.
Mary Alice will be forever loved and remembered by her two daughters, Patricia (John D.) Shea of Granville, IA and Kathryn Kitty Campbell of Tucson, AZ. Grandchildren, Nicki (Josh) Foreman and Keith (Rebecca) Shea both of LeMars, IA, John C. (Kelsey) Shea of Worthington, MN and Andrew Shea of Sheldon, IA. Great-Grandchildren, Jaxson and Max Foreman and Kaden and Kamdon Shea. Friend and companion, Marv Westphalen of Sheldon, IA. Sisters Ruth Heyka, Belleville, KS, Nancy (Ty) Perry, Amherst, NH. Brothers, Kenneth Fox, St. Paul, MN, Tom (Mary Jane) Fox of San Antonio, TX and Greg (Marcy) Fox of Des Moines, IA. She will be greatly missed by many wonderful nieces, nephews, near and distant relatives, friends and kindred spirits.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Charlie and Alice, two brothers Donald and Robert, brother-in-law Franklin Heyka, sisters-in-law Dorothy Clancy, Ruth Dockry, Mary Will, brother-in-law Jack Campbell and her beloved husband Keith.
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