Tomasene B. McKenna


Tomasene B. McKenna, 83, who was born July 2, 1931, in Vernon left her earthy body on Saturday, Aug. 9, 2014, to be forever in the arms of God.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Buena and Floyd Burchfield; and son, Charles McKenna.
She attended Tyler public schools and was an honor graduate and salutatorian of Tyler High School, class of 1949, where she was also the editor of the Lion's Tale school newspaper. She attended The University of Texas at Austin.
She married Frank J. McKenna, of Tyler, on Feb. 3, 1951. The couple settled in El Paso where they raised eight children.
She is survived by her husband, Frank; seven children, Marilyn Frassinelli, Evelyn McKenna, Joe McKenna, Elizabeth Flores, Theresa Murry, Kathleen McKenna and Timothy McKenna; sister, Mary Lynn Jones, of Houston; and brother James F. Strange, of Tampa, Fla. She is also survived by 13 grandchildren and 17 great-grandchildren.
Funeral arrangements are pending.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to in her memory.
Published in Tyler Morning Telegraph on Aug. 16, 2014
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