Learllene N. (Newman) MasonFebruary 15, 1927 ~ July 15, 2017 (age 90)
Learllene Newman Mason was born on February 15, 1927 in Kansas City, Kansas to the late Alexander R. Newman and Isabelle (Crawford) Newman.
She attended Douglas Elementary, Northeast Junior High School, and Sumner High School graduating from Sumner High School in 1945. After high school she worked various jobs, one being a “Soda Jerk” on the Country Club Plaza to earn tuition for Nursing School.
In 1948, she attended Nursing School at General Hospital #2, graduating as a Diploma Nurse. Upon graduation Learllene worked at K. U. Medical Center for approximately a year. In 1951, Learllene enlisted in the U. S. Navy as a 2nd Lieutenant, she was stationed at the Naval Station in Bremerton, Washington, then assigned to Tripler Army Medical Center in Honolulu, Hawaii, at that time Hawaii was not a part of the United States, while serving in the Navy, Learllene, met and married Barney O. Mason. One son Johnathan L. Mason was born to this union. The union was dissolved in 1967.
Learllene returned to school earning a Bachelor Degree in Nursing from St. Mary College in Leavenworth, Kansas. After graduating from St. Mary’s, she was employed with the Kansas City, Missouri Public School District as a School Nurse, until budget cuts were made, she then began working at the Florence Cook School of Practical Nursing at K. U. Medical Center until the program was phased out in 1972. Later in 1972, she began working at Kansas City, Kansas Community Junior College as a Nursing Instructor in the Associate Degree Program, while employed there, she obtained her Master’s Degree in Applied Science at Kansas State University at Manhattan, Kansas, she was employed at the Kansas City, Kansas Community Junior College for ten years. She went on to work fulltime at Rainbow Mental Health briefly; until being employed at Western Missouri Mental Health Facility as a Staff Development Instructor until her retirement. Prior to retirement she obtained her R.N.C (Register Nurse Clinician Licenses), and continued to work part-time at Rainbow Mental Health Facility until the age of eighty.
Throughout the years Learllene has traveled to Israel, Egypt, France and London, she has been active in the General Hospital #2 Alumni and Sumner High School Alumni. She also volunteered at the food pantry at Youngs Memorial Church of God In Christ and sang many years in Our Lady and St. Rose Choir.
Learllene was preceded in death by, Dorothy Bell Weaver; Floyd Newman, Sr.; Lyle Newman; Thaddeus Newman; Alvenia Flournoy; Henrietta Curtis; and Frank R. Newman, Sr...
She is survived by her son, Jonathon L. Mason of the home; one sister Jeanette Nichols (Lonnie) of Carson, California; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousin and friends.