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Mary Elizabeth Campbell (née Osborough), BA, DIP-ED (died 31 March 2020)


Mary was born in a small village in County Armagh. With a father who was a headmaster and her mother, a school mistress, it was no surprise that Mary was encouraged to follow in their footsteps into education and decided to study languages at Queen’s.


It was during her time at Queen’s that Mary met future husband Bruce at one of the so called “Queen's Hops”. After graduating in Agriculture, Bruce went to work in Jamaica for Tate and Lyle, but they remained in touch. Mary stayed at Queen’s after completing her degree to do a Diploma in Education. After graduating and working as a teacher in Lurgan for a period of time, in 1955 Mary took the decision to move to Jamaica and marry Bruce.


They lived happily in Jamaica for seven years, having four boys during this time, until Bruce was offered a post in Tate and Lyle’s head office in London, in 1962. Bruce continued to travel extensively for work until his retirement in 1993. Mary went with him when possible, including spending three years in Mauritius, but they always returned to the “Red House” in Harpenden where they remained for 56 years until Mary’s passing in March.


Mary is survived by husband Bruce, sons John, Patrick and Donald, and five grandchildren.

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