Feb 9, 1914— Jan. 18, 2007
Culver — Lovina Emily (Newman) Wesson, 92, of Culver , Indiana died on January 18, 2007 at Miller's Merry Manor, Culver , Ind.
Born Feb 9, 1914 in Culver , IN the daughter of John and May Newman, she was a 1932 graduate of Culver High School and held a General Business Degree from International Business College of Ft. Wayne. She married Oscar Wesson on Nov 9, 1940.
Lovina is survived by son: Charles Thomas (Nedra) of Goshen; daughter: Patricia Louise Reilly (James) of Deltona, Fla., grandson Shawn Wesson (Kathy) of Goshen, two granddaughters: Kathryn Wasson (Harold) of Middlebury and Emily St.Clair (Jason) of Deltona, Fla., three great granddaughters: Megan, Ashley, and Cheyenne Wesson, one great grandson: Patrick Reilly, one sister Helen Samuelson of Plymouth, one brother, Herbert Newman of Culver , as well as numerous nieces and nephews.
In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by three brothers: Charles, Jesse, and Allen Newman.
She and her husband returned to Culver in 1947 to open a veterinary practice. She worked as business manager and veterinary assistant until their retirement in 1982.
Actively involved in the work of her church on the local, district, and conference level, she was a member of Grace United Church of Christ in Culver . She served as church secretary for over 35 years, was a member of the women's guild and served in many capacities in the church. In 1995 she was honored by Grace Church for her many years of service.
She planned lay retreats for the Northwest Association and served in leadership positions for the Northwest Association Women. She was the first elected president of the Women's Board of the Indiana Kentucky Conference of the United Church of Christ and served on the board until the late 1990's.
In 1985 she was honored at the General Synod of the United Church of Christ having been selected as one of the Lay Women of the Year.
She was the first site director for the Culver Nutrition Site and served as director until the site became full time.
She was a charter member of the Parkview Hospital Auxiliary (later St. Joseph Regional Medical Center of Marshall County). She served as first vice president and twice as president before becoming treasurer in 1979. She served in that position until 1999. The local unit met at her home for 43 years. In 1999 she was honored as Marshall Co. Hospital Auxiliary Volunteer of the year. In 2004, she was honored as Auxilian of the Year for Indiana's Midwest Region.
She was a member of Culver Lions Club and was among the first group of women to become full members of the group. She was honored by the Lions as Citizen of the Year in 1977, and received the Good Neighbor Award from the Eagles Auxiliary in 1988.
The family requests "Lovina Stories" from those who knew her to be preserved for her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. They can be recorded or written at the visitation or the funeral.
Visitation with the family will be on Mon, Jan 22, 2007 from 5:00 - 9:00PM EST at the Bonine-Odom Funeral Home, Culver , and from 11:00AM - 12:00PM Tues Jan 23 at the Grace United Church of Christ, Culver where Rev. Robin Keating and Rev. James Reilly will then officiate funeral services at 12:00PM Tuesday. The Culver Lions Club will conduct a Lions memorial service at that time.
Memorials may be sent to Grace United Church of Christ, Culver , or to the Lovina Wesson Memorial Fund with the Indiana Kentucky Conference of the United Church of Christ, 1100 West 42nd Street, #350, Indianapolis, IN 46208
Condolences may be sent through the obituary page of www. bonineodom. com.
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