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Wynona "MeMe" (McKenzie) Shuman

November 16, 1915 ~ May 10, 2018 (age 102)

Wynona McKenzie Shuman completed her earthly journey on May 10, 2018 at the age of 102.  She was a resident of Rose Hill Assisted Living Community and enjoyed her time there.  Born on November 16, 1915, she was a native of Hampton County, South Carolina.  “MeMe”, as she was called by her friends and relatives, was a 1935 graduate of Greenville, South Carolina General Hospital School of Nursing.  Most of her life was spent in Henderson, North Carolina where she was Nursing Director of Maria Parham Hospital for 32 years.  During her tenure the hospital grew from 50 beds to over 100 beds.  Twice during that time she was named District Nurse of the Year.  She had a passion for education, particularly for women, and often worked with those aspiring to be nurses.  Because her life of service to others, she influenced her two grandchildren and at least one great grandchild to work in the medical profession.

While in Henderson, MeMe was active in state and local nurses associations, and was a member of First Baptist Church of Henderson where she taught an adult Sunday School class for over 25 years.  Also, MeMe was a member of the Henderson Women’s Club, the Vance County Mental Health Association, and other programs dealing with community health issues.

Since moving to Marion, North Carolina in 1999 to be near her daughter and son-in-law, MeMe was a member of First Baptist Church of Marion, teaching Sunday School and being a member of the Saints Alive Choir.  Often, she attended the McDowell County Senior Center.

Her husband, John Franklin Shuman died in 1954.  Also preceding her in death were her parents, James Gibson McKenzie and Birdie Tuten McKenzie; a brother and sister, Kenyon Gibson McKenzie and Julia McKenzie Jones.  She is survived by one daughter, Patricia Shuman Faulkner and husband Richard; two grandchildren, Dr. Julie Faulkner Connelly and husband Dr. Christopher Scott Connelly; and one grandson, Dr. John Richard Faulkner and spouse Mark Groeniger.  Also surviving her are three great grandchildren, Julia, Scott, and Robert Connelly.  Two nieces and three nephews were beloved by her.

In the last year of her life, she said, “Look at these old, wrinkled hands.  I hope they have done some good”.  They did, MeMe!  They did!

A Celebration of Life graveside service will be held at Stafford Baptist Church cemetery in Furman, South Carolina on June 30, 2018. Time will be announced at a later date.  Memorials in her memory are appreciated and may be made to the Agape Fund, Marion First Baptist Church, 99 N. Main Street, Marion, NC 28752. 



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