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Honor A Nurse

Nursing is a calling, a way of life. Nurses rely on each other for the synergistic effect of teamwork in our efforts of care giving. It is appropriate that we honor those colleagues that have made an impact in our lives and the lives of others.

WE HONOR YOU...

Carla O'Connor
In appreciation to Carla for her many, many contributions and leadership nursing at Western Missouri Mental Health Center and then specializing in eating disorders. Congratulations on being appointed to the Missouri Eating Disorders Council. Thank you.Honored by Cornelius Neufeld

Jan Crandall Polizzi, RN, MS
In honor of her contributions to the advancement of nursing. Honored by Corinne Fessenden

Jan Crandall Polizzi, RN, MS
Jan Polizzi was such an outstanding individual in so many ways.  She was kind, caring, compassionate, and such a fun loving person. As a nurse, she was the ultimate role model for nursing. She was a mentor to so many and was an outstanding nurse advocate. She was one great nurse and the profession was so fortunate that she was a part of it. She never quit advocating and inspiring others. Having cancer was just a part of the journey and she so inspired many with her courage as she fought this terrible disease. We would like to honor Jan Polizzi for making a difference for so many patients, nurses and others she touched on a daily basis. Missouri Nurses will miss you but never forget you. Honored by MONA Southeast Region.

Mary Ann Lavin, DSc, RN, APRN, ANP-BC, FAAN
In honor of her exceptional career in nursing. Honored by Judy Collins, MA, RN, BSN, President-Iowa Nurses Association. 

Nelda Godfrey, PhD, RN, ACNS-BC
In honor of your selection to be inducted as a Fellow of the American Academy of Nursing. Honored by Corinne Fessenden.

Donalda R. "Donnie" Webber
Memorial Honor - Nursing is a calling, a way of life. Nurses rely on each other for the synergistic effect of teamwork in the efforts of care giving. It is appropriate to honor Donnie for the impact she had on our lives and the lives of others.

Gene E. Weigel
Memorial Honor - Gene is not remembered by her years of services as a nurse but by the difference she made during those years by stepping into people's lives. Honored by many family and friends.

Nancy Barr, MSN, BSN, RN
Thank you, Nancy, for your many years of work for the Missouri Nurses Association and District II Nurses Association. You are a strong voice for nursing in our area and have always kept an active clinical practice along with your nurse educator position. Your passion for nursing and for caring for those in need is such a wonderful tribute. Honored by Carol Hafeman.

Mark Petrechtko, RN, BSN
Memorial Honor - Though your professional nursing career was shortened due to your declining health, we have many fond memories of working with you and the patients. We count it as a privilege to have had you as a fellow nurse at Western Missouri Mental Health Center. Honored by Cornelius Neufeld and Linda Wood (Wiethoff).

John Tucker, RN, BSN
Your many contributions to nursing and the manner in which you have helped many patients at Western Missouri Mental Health Center over the past years are greatly appreciated. Thank you for the leadership you are currently providing to the nursing staff and others. Honored by Cornelius Neufeld.

Ricarda La Grange, RN
Ricarda was very active in setting up the Teen Pregnancy Prevention Coalition and St. Louis Lead Poisoning Prevention Coalition. Honored by Jan Polizzi.

Ruth V. Lewis, RN, BSN, MA
Appreciation for your lifetime dedication and leadership in the nursing profession. I am especially grateful how you maintain your active interest in nursing during your retirement years. You have been, are and continue to be an inspiration to many, many nurses. Honored by Cornelius Neufeld.

Frances Pulliam, RN
Frances has been a mentor to me.  She is a very valuable MONA member who has supported the mission of MONA in a number of ways.  I am a better nurse for having known her. Honored by Desma Reno.

Linda Wood (Wiethoff), RN
Congratulations on your recent retirement. Thank you for all your contributions in nursing over the many years. I especially appreciate your dedication to the field of mental health at Western Missouri Mental Health Center, Rainbow Mental Health Center, Johnson County Mental Health Service, as well as the other organizations you have worked with over the years. Honored by Cornelius Neufeld.

Rachel Bringer
Representative Rachel Bringer has been very supportive of issues relative to nursing during her tenure. We would like to recognize her for her service in the Missouri House of Representatives from the 6th District for the past eight years. Honored by MONA District 9.

MONA District 8 Nurses
We honor you for your dedication and service to the Missouri Nurses Association. Honored by Kathryn Blevins, Linda Brown, Marcia Hobbs, Bernadette Huston, Susan Jackson, Angela Selzer, Suzanne Solari-Price, Tonia Swink.

Mary Berhorst, RN
Through countless hours of selfless dedication to Missouri Nurses Association, Mary Berhorst has been a pillar of faithfulness and knowledge.

Dr. Ruth Murray
Through countless hours of service to the poor and homeless, Ruth Murray has served as a role model for her students.

Dr. Dolores Smiley
Through countless hours of service to our professional organization, Dolores Smiley has been a role model of professionalism.


The Missouri Nurses Foundation welcomes you to publicly recognize a special nurse in your life. With your $50 tax-deductible donation to the foundation, your honored nurse’s name will appear in the Missouri Nurses Association Missouri Nurse publication as well as in a designated “Honor A Nurse” spot on the website, where a photo may also be submitted.

The program is available to honor any Missouri nurse. Honor a friend, family member, or colleague by marking their anniversary, birthday, special event or occasion, or as a memorial.

Your donation will go toward continued support of the Missouri Nurses Foundation and their work pertaining to scholarships, research awards and educational projects. The Missouri Nurses Foundation is a nonprofit, 501(c)(3) organization.

Donations are tax-deductible to the fullest extent allowed by law and support the mission of the Missouri Nurses Foundation.

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