Mary C. Newman, Age: 81
Feb 11, 1937 -- Jan 7, 2019


Mary Newman, Overland Park, Kansas, beloved wife, mother and grandmother died on January 7, 2019, at St. Luke's Hospice House.  She was born in Goosnargh, Lancashire, England on February 11th 1937, second daughter of John and Ethel Robson. In 1960 she was hired by TWA, one of a small group of British women, to come to America for training and was an airline hostess based in Kansas City for two years. She planned to travel & return to England but she married, had three children and lived in the Shawnee Mission area the rest of her life. The marriage ended in 1972. While raising her children, she earned a BA and MA from UMKC in Social Psychology. In 1984 she married John Newman and later became a partner in his company, Newman International. They worked and traveled extensively together for business and pleasure in Europe and Latin America. Mary was an avid and prolific reader and movie lover. She was preceded in death by her parents and sister, Dorothy. She is survived by her husband John of the home; daughter and son-in-law Heather and Michael Flanagan, Columbia, Missouri; son and daughter-in-law John and Paula Longan, Leawood, Kansas and daughter and son-in-law Emma and Joe Anderson, Calgary, Canada; nine grandchildren, Hanna and Ellen Flanagan, Mary Elizabeth, Jack, Bonnie and Ian Longan and Sophie, Lucy and Daisy Anderson and brother, John Robson (Elizabeth), Goosnargh, England. She will be deeply missed by her family and friends who knew and loved her. The family wishes to thank Dr. Mark Yagan, St. Luke's Pulmonary Consultant, for his years of skilled and compassionate care.

Memorial service will be held at 2:00 p.m., February 4, 2019, at the Porter Funeral Home, 8535 Monrovia Street, Lenexa, KS 66215. In lieu of flowers a contribution may be made to Parents as Teachers, 2228 Ball Drive, St. Louis, MO 63146 or St. Luke's Hospice, 4225 Baltimore Ave., Kansas City, MO 64111. 


Nellie Wolf Jan 15 ,2019

Close friend ,Wichita ,Kansas

Mary was a beautiful person in every way. I could always rely on her strength of character and wisdom and at the same time be blessed by her sweetness and gentleness. She exemplified the best of womankind and I feel so lucky that she was my friend. I love her and miss her,

Kay & Steve Haddad Jan 21 ,2019

Very good friends ,Loveland ,Colorado

Mary was a wonderful, compassionate and very kind lady! Kay and I will always remember her and miss her. Our condolences to John and and the family. Steve & Kay Haddad

Kristin Raven Jan 27 ,2019

Family friend ,Overland Park ,Kansas

The Eric (Hockersmith) Raven family wishes to expresses our deepest condolences to John and his children as Mary's loss. She was deeply loved by our own mother, Mary Hockersmith, who considered her a best friend. I still remember and appreciate Mary's genuine and enthusiastic support of my theater efforts in the Yeats plays I acted in back in the 1990's, and her kindness to us when our mother Mary was ill and had passed on. She was a lovely person. -- Kristin Raven and the Raven family

Ann & Peter Thompson Jan 27 ,2019

Friends ,Linwood ,Kansas

We are so sad to read of Mary’s death. Peter introduced Mary to John and we spent many happy times and adventures with ‘’Little Pill’ and John. We will always remember those good times and fond memories.

Joe Chambers Jan 28 ,2019

Friend ,Kansas City ,Massachusetts

John, so sorry to hear of your wife’s passing. Joe Chambers and Guy Townsend. Townsend Communication

Elaine Mills Jan 30 ,2019

Friend and admirer ,Kansas City ,Missouri

Mary was thoughtful, intelligent and elegant. It was always a pleasure to be in her presence especially at Friends of Jung events where I met her. Hearing of her passing gave me pause and just knowing that I will not be graced again with her beautiful smile is quite painful but not as painful as it must be for John and all of her family. Somewhere in the universe I am sure she is in deep discussion with Carl Jung.

Jessica Cross Jan 30 ,2019

Friend ,Fort Worth ,Texas

Heather, Mike, Hanna and Ellie, The Cross Family sends our love and prayers to you and your entire family! We will be there in spirit and thinking of you as you celebrate your Mom’s (Grandma’s) life. We love and miss you! Jess, DeMontie and Livi Jean

Nan Mock Feb 03 ,2019

Friend ,Kansas City ,Missouri

I am saddened to hear of Mary’s death. She was a dear friend and a beautiful soul. We helped each other when we got homesick, were happy when each of our children were born and supported each other through some rough times in our lives. Happiness came when she married John and she loved him with all her heart. I am so great full to have had her as a wonderful friend.

Carol Steele Feb 03 ,2019

friend ,Leawood ,Kansas

Dear John and family, Don Peter and I were saddened to hear about Mary's passing, please accept our condolences. Don and Carol, Trudi's friends from her dinner last winter, and from Prairie Life. Sincerely, Don and Carol

Memorial Service
Porter Funeral Home
8535 Monrovia St.
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Feb 04 ,2019
2:00 PM
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