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Library receives endowment gift - Children's Library named
Lennea Lewis Slagle
Lennea Lewis Slagle

Thursday, August 17, 2006

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

The Children's Library at the Niobrara County Library in Lusk, Wyoming is now known as the Lennea Lewis Slagle Children's Library the Library Board of Trustees announced recently. An anonymous gift was received by the Niobrara County Library Foundation Endowment Fund that results in the renaming of this portion of the library as per joint action of the trustees of the library and the foundation boards.

The public is invited to an Open House in celebration of Lennea Lewis Slagle on Wednesday, August 9 from 4 to 6 p.m. Lennea's portrait and biography are in place as a permanent memorial.

As Wyoming's first Independent Nurse Practitioner, Lennea's life of compassionate care and dedication to helping others continues following her death in 2002 by an endowment to the Niobrara County Library Foundation. This endowment will help provide forever the enjoyment of reading and knowledge that Lennea gained from this library.

Lennea Lewis grew up in Harrison, Nebraska and Lusk, Wyoming and graduated from Niobrara County High School in 1956. Lennea married Jack Slagle and they had two children, Kirk and Kim. She received her Registered Nursing degree in 1959 from St. Luke's affiliate of the University of Colorado in Denver. When she returned to Wyoming in 1984 Slagle obtained, by distance, her Bachelor's in Nursing from the University of Wyoming. To provide specialized care she spent two years at the University of Utah College of Nursing obtaining her Master's Degree as an Advanced Geriatric Nurse Practitioner.

Throughout her life Lennea was a bubbly, outgoing, friendly, beautiful person who cared deeply for and about others, providing extremely competent loving care for all of her many thousand patients. She loved music, singing in her church choir and playing the piano. She particularly loved being a grandmother to her seven grandchildren. All Lennea asked of life was to love and be loved; as she indeed was by so many of her patients, their families and her family. The Niobrara County Library is honored to be chosen as a place of recognition for Lennea's extraordinary life.

The Niobrara County Library Foundation Endowment is a fund created to provide a permanent source of support to the library. The local foundation board established this in April of 2000 through the Wyoming Community Foundation with a goal of $1.5 million by 2015. Currently all income generated in the fund is reinvested until the goal is met. Once the long-term goal is met the fund will provide funds that will be available to the library for perpetuity and will ensure that the enjoyment of reading and knowledge that encouraged Lennea to a lifetime of success will be available to all of Niobrara County's youth. For more information about the endowment contact Foundation Chair, Leslie Hammond or board members Lisa Pischel, Linda Decker, Liz Kaltenheuser, Pat Bruch, Carol Kilmer, Lynn Carlson, Idy Bramlet, Jeri Hineman, Keni Cundall or Librarian, Debbie Sturman.

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Biographical information
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Lennea Lewis Slagle

1938-2002

Wyoming's First Independent Nurse Practitioner


Lennea dedicated her life to caring for others, her family and her patients, providing compassionate, loving health care particularly for those most needy; the elderly throughout Wyoming.

Lennea grew up in Harrison, Nebraska and Lusk, Wyoming caring for her younger brother Lon and sister Leila, while their widowed mother Ione Bigelow Lewis Hruza worked, often two jobs, to support them. Lennea graduated from Niobrara County High School in 1956 and received her Registered Nursing degree in 1959 from St. Luke's affiliate of the University of Colorado in Denver.

Lennea was a nurse in Casper, Lusk and in Laramie while putting her husband Jack Slagle through college. In addition to caring for their children, Kirk and Kim, Lennea worked as a full-time nurse in California, Oregon, Wyoming, and Nebraska, where Jack taught, before returning in 1984 to Wyoming where she provided nursing care for the elderly in Lander. While doing so, she obtained by distance learning her Bachelor's in Nursing from the University of Wyoming.

To provide the specialized care needed by the underserved elderly she spent two years at the University Of Utah College Of Nursing obtaining her Master's Degree as an Advanced Geriatric Nurse Practitioner, before returning to care for the elderly of Fremont County, Wyoming. She also cared for the underserved and down trodden inmates in the Fremont County's Detention Center for many years. Throughout her nursing career Lennea provided countless hours of in-service instruction on many health care issues to a wide variety of institutions and organizations throughout the state of Wyoming, particularly law enforcement agencies.

Throughout her life Lennea was a bubbly, outgoing, friendly, beautiful person who cared deeply for and about others, including her pets, providing extremely competent loving care for all of her many thousand patients. She loved music; singing in her church choir and playing it beautifully on the piano. She particularly loved being a grandmother to her seven grandchildren. All Lennea ask of life was to love and be loved; and this she indeed was by so many of her patients, their families and her family.

As Wyoming's first Independent Nurse Practitioner, Lennea's life of compassionate care and dedication to helping others continues following her death by an endowment to the Niobrara County Library, for whom the Lennea Lewis Slagle Children's Library is named. This endowment will help provide forever the enjoyment of reading and knowledge that she, like so many children, gained and will gain from this library.







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