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Mary Lou Newsome

Mary Lou Newsome Mary Lou Newsome, 89, died Friday, December 14 at Meadowlark Hills (Wroten House), Manhattan. She had been a resident of Manhattan for 59 years.

Lou was born March 7, 1929 in Oregon, MO, the daughter of Claire and Flossie (Boswell) Stevenson. Lou spent her early years on a farm outside of Oregon, before the Stevenson family moved to a farm outside of Palisade, NE when she was 9. She graduated from Palisade High School in 1947. She then graduated with a BS in Elementary Education from the University of Nebraska in 1951.

Lou began her education career as an elementary teacher in Imperial, NE. She later taught elementary school in McPherson, KS.

In Imperial, she met her husband, Bob Newsome. They were married August 23, 1953 in Palisade. They enjoyed 64 years of marriage.

Lou became a homemaker in Oskaloosa, KS following the birth of their son, Bill.
Upon moving to Manhattan in 1960, Lou became very involved in civic and social organizations in Manhattan. She was involved in First United Methodist Church Circle, and the Church’s Acquaintance Club. She also took part in KSU Social Club, and her pride and joy, P.E.O. She would have celebrated her 50th anniversary with P.E.O. Chapter GU in 2019.

Lou was a long-time election official, and was an Election Supervisory Judge for Riley County from 1998-2005.

Lou was a trusted partner for Bob’s career at Kansas State Extension, as well as his elected offices as a Riley County Commissioner and a member of the USD 383 Board of Education. She was also very supportive of 4-H activities and the Riley County Fair.
Lou was preceded in death by her husband Bob, her parents, and her brother, Derrill. She is survived by her son, Bill, and his wife Tecile, of Lawrence, and four grandchildren, Neil, Preston, Rosemary and Charlie.

Memorial services will be 10:30 A.M. Saturday, January 19, 2019 at Yorgensen-Meloan-Londeen Funeral Chapel at 1616 Poyntz Ave., Manhattan, KS 66502. Rev. Ben Duerfeldt will officiate.

Online condolences may be left for the family by clicking on "Send Condolences" on this page.

Memorials have been designated for the P.E.O. Scholar Award and the First United Methodist Church, Manhattan. Contributions should be made in care of Yorgensen-Meloan-Londeen Funeral Chapel at 1616 Poyntz Ave., Manhattan, KS 66502.

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