Blanche (Jayne) Newhall

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Blanche (Jayne) Newhall

Blanche (Jayne) Boyle Newhall passed on peacefully at home on November 27, 2012 at the age of 89. Blanche was named "Jayne" by her 3 older brothers and it stuck. When anyone called and asked for Blanche, we knew that they did not know her. Jayne was born in Detroit, attended Marygrove College and then obtained her Masters Degree in Social Work from the University of Michigan. She worked at the Veterans Administration in Detroit and then in Montrose, New York. An offer from the prestigious Austin Riggs Center in Stockbridge and Pittsfield Massachusetts enabled her to further her career. But then an Engineer with General Electric interrupted that with a courtship. Jayne married Ed Newhall in 1958. They moved to Illinois and in November 1959 they had a son Mark. In 1963 they moved to California and soon thereafter had another son, Bruce. Jayne concentrated on raising the boys, but as they grew up, on a part time basis she resumed her career, which she also loved. She worked at various private agencies and then eventually went to work for Los Angeles County, becoming Director of Social Work at Long Beach General Hospital and then Martin Luther King, Jr. Hospital. Jayne attended dozens of post graduate classes over the years, and then utilized that education to train not only Social Workers in her department, but also Social Work students at UCLA and Cal State Long Beach. She represented Los Angeles County in national committees on emergency management. Later she also had a private counseling practice, specializing in helping women. She retired from the County in 1991, but continued her private practice for quite a few years. Jayne was a strong advocate for women's rights. She was a member of American Association of University Women for over 60 years. Jayne successfully juggled motherhood and a career: She had a profound positive impact on not only her boys, but also the many people that she guided in her career. She is survived by her husband, Edward; sons, Mark and Bruce; granddaughters, Jacqueline and Rachael. A "celebration of life" luncheon will be held later in December. Please sign the guest book at www.dailybreeze.com/obits.
Published in Daily Breeze on Dec. 5, 2012
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