Mary Hepburn Campista
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Mary Hepburn Campista
  • November 12, 1936 - January 12, 2018
  • Arizona

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Mary Hepburn Campista, of Tucson, AZ, passed from this life into Paradise on Friday, January 12, 2018, with her husband and daughters by her side. Born November 12, 1936, in New York City, Mary is survived by her husband Frank Aguilar Campista; sister Adrienne Hepburn Butler; daughters Kelley Brophy Clark, Ellen Frances Williams, Kathleen Cornelia Brophy, Bridget Blake Briscoe, Patricia Adrienne Brophy; grandchildren Sarah Virginia Clark, John Blake Clark, and Angela Claire Williams. Mary is preceded in death by her parents, George and Cornelia Kelley Hepburn and brother Frederick Hepburn.

Following graduation from Marlborough High School in Los Angeles, California in 1954, Mary spent a year studying liberal arts at Duchesne Residence College in New York City. An artist, classical pianist, and ice skater, she was loved and respected by all who were touched by her beautiful, kind heart. With a sweet and congenial personality, her thoughtfulness and respect towards others exemplified her love of God which began at an early age.

In 1956 Mary wed the late A. Blake Brophy, of Phoenix, Arizona, and for thirty-three years devoted herself to being a nurturing, fun spirited, loving, wife and mother. A humble, gentle person who truly loved life, she enjoyed her family and friends, art, music, theater, animals, camping with her girls, hiking, and the beauties of nature.

In 1988 while living in Tucson, Arizona, Mary began a second chapter of her life, marrying Frank Campista. Together they pursued a life of deeper devotion to God attending and graduating from a two-year program at Rhema Bible College in Tulsa, Oklahoma. After mission trips to Peru and Argentina, and a tour through the Holy Land of Israel, Mary devoted the rest of her life to her husband, family, church, and volunteering at charitable outreaches in Tucson. She had a heart of compassion for the homeless and hurting and served at the Tucson Gospel Rescue Mission for women, began a church food pantry, and helped the children at Casa de Los Ninos. Mary will forever be remembered for her selfless, generous, loving spirit.

A funeral service and burial will be held at 2:00 PM on Saturday, January 27 at East Lawn Palms Mortuary and Cemetery, 5801 E. Grant Road, followed by a private reception.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations in Mary Campista's name can be made to: The Alzheimer's Association, at www.act.alz.org/donate; Gospel Rescue Mission, at www.grmtucson.com; Samaritans Purse, at www.samaritanspurse.org