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Minnie Masters

  • Birth 31 Jul 1917 Stotts City, Lawrence County, Missouri, USA
  • Death 19 Mar 1997 Kansas City, Wyandotte County, Kansas, USA
  • Burial Kansas City, Wyandotte County, Kansas, USA
  • Plot Evergreen Section
  • Memorial ID 13860476

No Middle Name

Minnie is a daughter of George and Clara (Pemberton) Masters. She moved to Kansas City, Kansas with her family in 1922. Minnie graduated from Wyandotte High School in 1936. She worked at the North American Bomber Plant during the war years. After the war Minnie went to work for Simmons Mattress Company, where she worked for thirty-five years, retiring in 1982. She was a member of USWA Local 173. Minnie never married but she had tons of nieces and nephews she showered attention upon.

I once asked my Aunt Minnie why she had no middle name. She guessed her folks just ran out of names. She was one of ten children but not the youngest. She was the youngest girl and the only sibling not given a middle name.

Minnie Masters, 79, of Kansas City, Kansas, died Wednesday, March 19, 1997, at her home. Funeral services will be 2 pm Friday, at the Porter Funeral Home; burial in Memorial Park Cemetery, Kansas City, Kansas. Friends may call 1-2 pm Friday, at the funeral home. The family suggests memorial contributions to the American Heart Association.
The Kansas City STAR
20 March 1997

Remembering Minnie

Her Family:
Parents: George and Clara (Pemberton) Masters
Siblings: Daisy, Marie, Ed, Lorene, Elizabeth, MINNIE, Jay, George and David.
She is survived by Marie, of Atlanta, Georgia; Elizabeth, of the home; and George, of Kansas City, Kansas.

Minnie’s father was a lead miner, who worked at the mines of nearby Webb City, Missouri, when Minnie was born at Stotts City, Missouri, in July of 1917. Her mother had already borne four [s/b six] children and would have three more after her. While she was still young, her father found work at Proctor and Gamble and moved his family to Armourdale. She attended Riverview Grade School, because the family had by then moved to the vicinity of Central Avenue and Seventh Street, in Kansas City, Kansas. She graduated from Wyandotte High School in 1936.

Like the other members of her family, during those days of The Great Depression, she worked at odd jobs, picking berries, doing housework, etc, and contributed to the welfare of the whole family.

When the war broke out, she found employment at North American bomber plant, working on the final stages of the airplane. She worked days, and Elizabeth worked nights. In January of 1942, the plant was producing two planes in a ten hour shift. By 1945 it was rolling out eight planes in the same time. Following the war, Minnie went to work for Simmons Mattress Company. She continued there for thirty-five years, when she retired in 1982.

She lived in the family home with her parents and sister. Her father died in 1945, and her mother in 1959. She helped surround the home with lovely flowers. And in quiet times she enjoyed reading western fiction (Zane Grey was a favorite author) and Indian History. Meanwhile, she kept the mementos sent home to her by her brothers. Jay served in the Army of Occupation of Japan. The other boys were in the Merchant Marines.
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  • Find A Grave Memorial 13860476
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Minnie Masters (31 Jul 1917–19 Mar 1997), Find A Grave Memorial no. 13860476, citing Memorial Park Cemetery, Kansas City, Wyandotte County, Kansas, USA ; Maintained by SMG (contributor 46828829) .