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The Kansan - Newton, KS
  • Obituary: Teasley Cortner White

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  • Teasley Cortner White, born March 20, 1935, wife of James R. White Sr., and mother of James R. White Jr. and Susan Cynthia White, died on the evening of Thursday (Sept. 27, 2012). She also is survived by a sister, Susan Harris Willis and her family of Athens, Tenn., and cousins, George and Henry McCrary and their families, all of Alabama. She served others at Prairie View Mental Health Center of Newton. She was a mental health worker at Prairie View for 27 years. She was directly supervised by Justina Neufeld, in which the memorial scholarship fund is named. She graduated from Wichita State University with a bachelor of science degree. She enjoyed golf, riding horses and serving others. She helped many people through her lifetime and received help from many others also. She was a member of First Presbyterian Church and taught Sunday School. She also had belonged to the Cruisers Club. She was the niece of Carolyn Cortner Smith, the first female architect in the state of Alabama, who lived in Mountain Brook, Ala. Funeral services are scheduled for 11 a.m. Wednesday (Oct. 3, 2012) at First Presbyterian Church. Visitation will be from 1 to 9 p.m. Tuesday at Petersen Funeral Home, with the family present from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Memorials have been established for the Justina Neufeld Scholarship Fund and the First Presbyterian Church Endowment Fund. Teasley’s life touched many people, and she will be remembered for her passion for mental illness education and care, and her love for family and friends. The family is saddened with her passing, but they will have many enduring memories of her, and they know that now she has gone home.
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