Mary Elizabeth Gooch Campbell

March 2, 1927December 24, 2020

Mary Elizabeth Gooch Campbell met her Lord on December 24, 2020 at age 93. She was born March 2, 1927 in Evansville, Indiana to the late Loren and Leta Kiely. She graduated from Evansville Central High School, Locklear’s Business College and the University of Evansville. Mary loved Evansville and lived there all but the last few years of her life. She was a loving daughter, sister, wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and aunt. She married Walter Gooch in 1947 and they are survived by three children, Beth Snyder of Noblesville, IN, Geoff (Joan) Gooch of Carmel, IN and Robin Norris of Kiawah Island, SC. Mary is also survived by her loving grandchildren, Craig (Abbie) Thiel, Chad (Maki) Thiel, Jordan Snyder, Josh Snyder, Courtney (Bill) Gooch Beyers, Kiley (Mike) Gooch Hewson, Kelsey (Chad) Norris and Reid (Megan) Norris as well as ten great-grandchildren and a host of dear friends. Mary was a very selfless, kind and giving person. She enjoyed working at the University of Evansville for over 30 years. She was active in Tri Kappa and the Officer’s Wives Club. She loved spending time with her family, working out and playing Bridge. Mary was also a woman of strong Christian faith and was a member of several churches during her lifetime. Mary’s first husband, Walter, passed away in 1981 and she then married Dale Campbell in 1985. They were married until Dale’s death in 2016. She was also preceded in death by siblings, Phil Kiely, Louise Owen and Jim Kiely. Mary’s family is most appreciative of the wonderful care she received at the Bickford of Carmel and from Transitions Hospice. A graveside service for Mary will begin at 9:00 am CST on Tuesday, December 29th at Oak Hill Cemetery in Evansville. Masks are required and social distancing exercised please. You are welcome to join a livestream of Mary’s service at:" target="_blank" rel="nofollow"> Please select Mary’s tribute page and then select “Join Livestream” located within Mary’s service schedule. Memorial contributions in Mary’s name are suggested to the Mary Campbell Scholarship Fund at the University of Evansville: 1800 Lincoln Avenue, Evansville, IN 47722. Please visit to share memories of Mary and condolences with her family.


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Kathy Wilkinson

December 29, 2020

I was blessed to know Mary and Dale at Christian Fellowship Church in Evansville, and enjoyed many conversations with her.
She volunteered and helped with answering the phones on Fridays for a while and was so kind and helpful. I'm sure she will be missed by all of you. God bless you all.

susan McConney

December 29, 2020

Aunt Mary was a beautiful person, inside and out. I will always treasure the special Christmases and Thanksgivings that were spent with Mary and family members. May Beth, Robin, and Geoff find comfort in loving memories of their mother. She was a very special lady.

Melba Patberg

December 28, 2020

Not only was Mary a great help for Pat at UE, she was a great help for our whole family. Who would have reminded him of our birthdays and anniversary, if not the people like Mary who worked with him!! She was a great friend too. Sorry for your loss. Melba Patberg

Reid Norris

December 28, 2020

When I think of Gma, I think of walking in the door to her house at Walnut Street, and how she lit up when you came to see her, and how warm and excited and welcoming she was, and how she made you feel at home. Her home with Dale was a special place, and I know so many people - friends and family, people from the University of Evansville community - got that same feeling I did when you went to see her. She was such a giving person, and she taught me that the most sacred things we have to give are our time, labor, and attention, and that doing for others is the way to joy and meaning in life.

She treated her grandchildren to trips to the movies, endless board games, and our favorite foods, and spending weeks in the summer with her and Kelsey and our cousins was a joy I’ll never forget. While she absolutely indulged us, she was a deeply moral person as well, with a clear conviction of how to treat others and how to carry yourself in the world, and I’d like to think she imparted that to us also.

My mom and my sister and I are so thankful for Beth, Geoff and Joan, Courtney and Kiley and Craig and Chad, and all our extended family in Indianapolis who took great care of her these past years. It was such a comfort to know that she was surrounded with your warmth and love and able to be in her great-grandchildren’s lives the way she was in mine.

D A Sutton

December 28, 2020

Mary was such a kind, compassionate and loving lady. She always made me and my family feel special. She and Uncle Dale were great hosts and so welcoming to share their home and food with others. I have such great memories of Mary and her wonderful family! She will be missed!

Kim Gentry

December 27, 2020

I so enjoyed getting to know Mary through Evansville basketball. I remember taking several road trips to games with Mary and Dale. Also remember the trip to Louisville for dinner. She was always a joy to talk with, easy conversation, interested in everything. God bless you in Heaven sweet Mary. Guy and Kim Gentry

Mary Williams

December 27, 2020

Geoff and Joan, So sorry for your loss. You are in our thoughts and prayers.

Dick & Mary Williams

Martha Harker

December 26, 2020

So many fond memories of aunt Mary. Just a few include Christmas Eves that she hosted on Ravenswood Drive, watching her play bridge with Family members, and taking us to Ellis Park ever year. The sisters would never buy snacks until they could cash a ticket but what a great time we had.
Gracious, strong aunt Mary will be missed. I will always remember her smile, kindness and that special greeting she always had for me.
Love to Beth, Geoff and Robin.

Leanne Dennis

December 26, 2020

Aunt Mary was a second mom to me. She was always so kind and caring to everyone in our family. Her beautiful smile and endless support will be missed. Nobody could do Christmas Eves like sweet Mary,

Thinking of Beth, Geoff, and Robin and their families. I am very grateful for all of the love, laughter and wonderful times we had with Mary.


Donna Skeens

December 25, 2020

Mary was a beautiful, kind, and energetic woman well into her late 80's and early 90's. She had an infectious smile and was always so welcoming any time I saw her. I know she will be missed by all those who called her GMa.