Mary Lukens Reasoner

Obituary Notice

Mary Lukens Reasoner died on October 31, 2003, in Little Rock. She and her twin sister were born to Dr. H. W. And Lydia Lukens on June 15, 1912, in Highland, Kansas. She moved with her family to Dickinson, Texas in 1920. There, Dr. Lukens was the principal physician for the town for many years and her mother ran the Lukens' Drug Store.

She attended Dickinson Public schools from which she was graduated in 1930. She then attended Washburn University in Topeka, Kansas, earning her Bachelor of Arts degree in 1934. Later in her life, she was awarded a Master's Degree in Elementary Education from the University of Houston.

Mary taught for many years at Dickinson Primary School. Well loved and respected as a teacher, she was chosen as a member of the Delta Kappa Gamma honorary teaching sorority.

Mary was a long time member of Holy Trinity Episcopal Church in Dickinson, where she was a member of the choir and the Episcopal Church Women, among many other church activities.

She was a member of the Village Green Committee of the City of Dickinson. She gladly offered her lawn for the Festival of Lights celebration. When she left Dickinson to live near her son in Little Rock, the City honored her for her public spirit and service with a Resolution. She also was honored by the American Legion for faithfully flying the American flag from her front porch daily for years. She was a charter member of the Dickinson Historical Society and was a member of Friends of the Library. She was an active and loyal member of the Bay Area Republican Women and the Republican Party of Texas.

Mary taught her students and family the principles of duty, honor and service in the bestway - by being a great example herself

Mary was preceded in death by her son, Dr. David Lukens Reasoner. She is survived by her sister, Eunice Belle Medcalf of Hiawatha, Kansas, her son, the Honorable Stephen M. Reasoner of Little Rock, and her grand-children, Capt. Brian H. Reasoner, presently serving in Iraq, Dr. Colin Reasoner of San Diego, and Darcie Reasoner, a senior at Vanderbilt University School of Medicine.

Funeral arrangements are incomplete at this time. The service will be at Holy Trinity Church in Dickinson, TX and she will be interred in the Lukens family plot in the church cemetery. Memorials may be made to Holy Trinity Episcopal Church.

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