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Mary Joanne Campbell

October 11, 1931 April 10, 2020
Mary Joanne Campbell
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Mary JoAnn Campbell, 88, of Grand Island passed away on Good Friday, April 10, 2020 while taking an afternoon nap at Azria Health Broadwell.

A celebration of life ceremony spreading of ashes will take place at a later date with family at her favorite childhood swimming and fishing spot, off the Elkhorn river bridge near Ewing, Nebraska. Remaining ashes will be placed near her departed daughter. 

Mary was born on October 11, 1931, in Ewing, NE the daughter of Ray and Millard (Cannon) Angus. In 1949, Mary graduated high school and chose to continue her education. Mary JoAnn went on to take business classes in Norfolk, NE, after business school she went to work in banking field for several years. Including three adventurous years in Los Angeles. 

In 1954, she married Robert ‘Bob’ Kruger in Ingelwood, California. Together they returned to Nebraska living in Hardington, Creighton, and Shelton. They had four children Crystal, Tom, Alan, and Letha. 

After working in banking and having four kids, Mary JoAnn, changed career paths and returned to school in Kearney, NE to become a licensed practical nurse, LPN. She loved being a nurse. Mary JoAnn would share stories with your grandchildren of nursing.  She said her most honoring work was caring for those veterans who served while she nursed at the Veterans Administration Hospital in Grand Island. After over a decade of service to the vets she retired. 

She was united in marriage to ‘the love of her life’, Lyman Campbell, on October 9, 1979 in Clinton, Missouri. Together they traveled, hosted parties, played cards, and gardened. They could often be found sitting on their back patio watching the birds, flowers, and American flag fly, just enjoying retirement and each other’s company. They were together until his death in 2002.  

Those left to remember her are: her daughter Crystal (Kruger) Gangwish of Shelton; son Tom and Rhonda Kruger of Grand Island; son Alan and Carol Kruger of Hastings; step-daughter Lynn and Randy Spiehs of Grand Island; and step-daughter Marcia and Steve Boyd of Flower Bound, Texas; 21 grandchildren; and several great grand-children. 

Additionally, she will be remembered by her grandchildren who had the opportunity to live with their Grandma including Levi, Shelby, and Jacob Mueller and Bailey Brooks.  Her beloved grandson, Levi Adam Mueller, provided years of love and devotion he supported his Grandma during breast cancer treatments and surgeries. Allowing her to come out as a survivor. Again, in later years Levi took care of her, as her mind began to fade from Alzheimer.  Allowing her to remain in her home enjoying her prized iris, lilies, ferns, cats, dog, and birds for several years before moving into a nursing care.   

Now Mary JoAnn can be reunited with departed loved ones for eternal rest:  daughter Letha (Kruger) Brooks- 2016; stepmother Phyllis Angus-201; brother Ray F. Angus- 2003; husband Lyman Campbell-2002; father Ray Angus- 1984; mom Mildred (Cannon) Hemenway-1979; and grandson Mathew Watson-1974. 

The family requests memorials to the Breast Cancer Foundation, Alzheimer’s Association, or Veterans Affairs. The family would like to extend a special thanks to the care team at Wedgewood Care Center/Azria Health Broadwell who have taken care of Mary JoAnn since arriving for memory care in 2017.

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