Leora Isome, a retired Buffalo General Hospital blood technician and longtime private-duty nurse's aide, died Friday (Feb. 2, 2001) in Sisters Hospital after a brief illness. She was 78.
An active churchwoman, she founded and served as the first president of the Nurses Guild of Prince of Peace Temple Church of God in Christ when the congregation met at 1551 Jefferson Ave.
Born Leora Thomas in Vicksburg, Miss., she came to Buffalo in 1946 and served over the years as president of a school PTA and Little Glenwood Avenue Block Club.
She first went to Buffalo General Hospital as an American Red Cross volunteer, then worked for 18 years as a member of the hospital's blood team, retiring in 1984. She was a private-duty nurse's aide in the Buffalo area after that.
A member of Prince of Peace Temple Church of God in Christ since the early 1960s, she was a member of its Senior Choir, Nurses Guild and Pastoral Aid Committee at her death.
"My mother was very congenial both to her church family and the community at large," said her daughter, Georgia L. Menefee of Buffalo. "She was a very loving and caring person who was there for anybody who needed or wanted her help. She was just that type of person."
Mrs. Isome's husband, Willie L., died in the early 1990s.
Survivors, besides her daughter, include a son, De Lancy J. Menefee-Evans of Sachse, Texas; a stepdaughter, Lemmie L. Menefee-Brown of Buffalo; a stepson, Allan J. Menefee of Chicago; 12 grandchildren; and a great-grandchild.
Services will be held at 6 p.m. Wednesday in Prince of Peace Temple Church of God in Christ, 669 Kensington Ave. Burial will be in Forest Lawn.