Mona Margaret (Johnson) Valentine, 83, passed away peacefully after an extended illness on Sunday, April 15, 2012 at Wesley Manor Retirement Home in Frankfort.
Mona was born in St. Paul, Minnesota on December 14, 1928 to Paul E. and Evelyn Grant Johnson. She attended Morningside College in Sioux City, Iowa, where her father was Dean, but moved with her parents to Boston and attended and graduated from Newton Wellsley Hospital with a degree in Nursing. It was in Boston that she met her beloved husband, William R. Valentine Jr. who was a student at Boston University School of Theology where her father taught. Bill and Mona were one of the first couples married in Marsh Chapel there on October 11, 1950. Two children, Russell Paul and Linda Marie soon blessed their lives.
Mona devoted her life to her husband and children and the many United Methodist Churches that Bill served. Her first job as a professional RN was at the student clinic at Boston University, but she soon took some time off to raise her family. When her children were teenagers she returned to working part time at Johnson Memorial Hospital in Franklin where Bill was serving the United Methodist Church. When the family moved to Speedway, Indiana she began working at Methodist Hospital on the maternity unit and remained there while Bill served as District Superintendent of the Indianapolis South East District of the United Methodist Church. Several years later, when the couple moved to Frankfort, Indiana she worked at the Clinton County Hospital, again in maternity. She retired from nursing in 1980.
Mona was a diehard Boston Red Sox Fan, a passionate Democrat and devout pacifist. One of her many loves was traveling. She and Bill took their children on a six week trip around the world in 1964 which she planned very carefully. They later travelled extensively throughout the United States visiting many National Parks and Monuments. After Bill retired they travelled 6 months of the year in their motor home and served as volunteers at Rocky Mountain National Park in Colorado and at Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore in Michigan. While on these adventures she developed a great love for bird watching and she and Bill maintained several bird feeders in their backyards.
Mona was a voracious reader and gave book programs to church women’s groups all over Central Indiana. She was also an excellent photographer and prepared and presented many slide shows/travelogues to large groups at Wesley Manor after Bill’s retirement. She enjoyed playing golf, tennis, croquet and cards.
Visitation and Services
A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday, May 6, 2012 at Amanda Reid Chapel, Wesley Manor, 1555 N. Main St., Frankfort. A reception will follow the service at the Wesley Manor Social Center. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Good Samaritan Fund at Wesley Manor Retirement Home, Frankfort.
She is survived by her sister, Lois (Ray) Cole of Fort Collins, Colorado, son Russ (Chris) Valentine of Zionsville, daughter, Linda Valentine Bryant of Plainfield, grandchildren, Matt (Laura) Bryant, Rachel Valentine and Dan Valentine and great granddaughter Nala Bryant. She was especially close to Bill’s cousin Kay and her husband Dean Dunmire and their son Brent.
Mona was preceded in death by her grandson, Paul Wesley Bryant, son-in-law Alan W. Bryant.