Mary Jane Campbell
Mary Jane Campbell of 4659 SR 87, Mehoopany, PA went to be with her Lord on Saturday evening, Jan. 7, 2012 after a long and courageous fight with cancer. Born on Oct. 14, 1946 in Benton, PA, she was the daughter of Tom and Lois Worthington of Stevensville.
She is survived by her loving husband, Terry; their son, Chris and his wife, Abbey and grandchildren, Riley, Ben and Tess of LeRaysville and her mother, Lois Worthington of Stevensville.
Mary Jane married her high school sweetheart, Terry, on March 11, 1967, which was followed by a belated honeymoon in Hawaii thanks to Uncle Sam and the Vietnam War. She always said Hawaii felt like she had just come home after a long absence. Her next home was Newport News, VA, then on to Reedsport, OR. They then returned to raise their son, Chris, in Stevensville so he could be near his grandparents. The last 15 years she enjoyed living in Mehoopany.
She was a devoted mother to her son, so much so that she homeschooled him when homeschooling wasn’t mainstream like today. She always thought that was the best for him even though she was often faced with persecution because of it.
Barn dancing was a passion of hers and she even went on to learn modern square dancing and joined the Yellow Rock Squares for a while. Always on the move, she had various odd jobs. She ran a successful Tupperware business for several years and then discovered ceramics. Her shop was named This & That Ceramics, and she penned the motto of “ceramics on a shoestring” because she always delighted in showing folks how to get professional results without huge expenses.
Mary Jane soon found her true calling, which was helping people. She would go to Golden Living Center (previously called Carpenter Care) and help residents complete really nice projects one day a week. She was thrilled when one of her students completed a project they felt couldn’t be done, but with her help, it turned out to be a professional job. But the joy turned into sadness when her friends passed away and she professed tears of joy and sadness in their departing, but was blessed by the time that she shared with each and every one.
Since moving to Mehoopany, she got involved in helping at Seven Loaves Soup Kitchen in Tunkhannock and never missed a chance to help out at the library’s book sales when her body didn’t betray her. She also supported Interfaith clothing whenever possible. She was an active member of Harveys Lake Rod and Gun Club, never missing a cleanup day, to clean and get organized, when the pain allowed her to participate. She earned the nickname of the sheriff at the club. One of her favorite activities was helping to wrap presents for the children’s Christmas party, once she became an active member of the Black Walnut Unit #510 American Legion Auxiliary. She was always ready to go to a meeting or training and was disappointed if she missed one. Her favorite way to go to a meeting was on the back of a Goldwing motorcycle. She always enjoyed riding with Terry on the back of a Goldwing.
She will be dearly missed by all those who shared a part of her life. She was an inspiration to all during her sickness and thought about others before herself.
No services will be held for Mary Jane, but the family would ask that friends stop by her home at their convenience to share a cup of coffee, memories and view a few pictures of her in happier days.
If you would like to, please send a donation in her name to your favorite charity or to one of hers, Seven Loaves of Tunkhannock, Interfaith or the Tunkhannock Library.