St. Patrick's Cemetery
Chanute, Neosho County, Kansas


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Name Birth Date Death Date Other Information
Newman, Lois Ann
3-28-1924 10-19-2004 b. Ealton Ks  Neosho co, d. Wichita, For more than two decades, whenever there was a south Wichita neighborhood meeting or a get-together at City Hall, it's likely that Lois Ann Newman would be there.  "She was a leader, spokesman and advocate for the south side," said Dale Churchman, a friend and south-side resident. "Everybody at City Hall knew her, respected her, and some were probably even scared of her.... She just was very active and dedicated in improving the neighborhood." a retired registered nurse.
She attended grade school at St. Patrick's Catholic School in Chanute and graduated from Chanute High School and St. Francis School of Nursing in Wichita.
For the next half-century, Mrs. Newman was active in nursing, serving in nursing organizations and as a mentor for countless other nurses.  She worked in pediatrics, private nursing and polio nursing. She helped take care of the first open-heart surgery patient in Wichita in the late 1950s and helped set up the first intensive care unit at St. Francis Hospital in 1960.  "She nurtured a lot of people," said friend and colleague Lou Miller. "You did it the right way, or you did it again until you met her standards. She was dedicated in what she believed in: quality health care, promotion of nursing and family."
In 1975,she became a charter member in the city's Citizen Participation Organization councils, the neighborhood advisory groups formed to give Wichita residents a sounding board on local issues.
In 1991, she was actively involved in the Save the John Mack Bridge Committee after city officials announced that they were razing the six-decade-old, two-lane bridge in south Wichita in favor of a new four-lane bridge. The group saved the bridge and were able to get it listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
She also worked to reduce prostitution and other crimes on south Wichita streets by helping to start neighborhood watches.

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