RoJean Mustain

RoJean Mustain

Saturday, February 7th, 1931 Monday, April 20th, 2020

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Obituary for RoJean Mustain (Hallaux)

RoJean (Hallaux) Mustain Obituary

RoJean (Hallaux) Mustain, passed away April 20, 2020 at her home with family. She was a loving mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, friend, and woman of many passions. She was 89.

She was born on February 7th, 1931 in Leavenworth, Kansas, the only child of Edmund and Gladys Hallaux. She graduated from Leavenworth High School in 1949 and attended the Kansas City Art Institute for one year. She married Miles Mustain in 1950 and divorced in 1974. While raising her four children, she worked as a key-line artist for various advertising publications including the Wyandotte West newspaper. She also worked for W. D. Mohr’s Florist.

RoJean was an active member of Victory Hills Baptist Church and the last 15 years at the Basehor United Methodist Church. Her life centered on the church, family and friends. She directed the choir, sang in the choir, played piano and participated in many church ministries, Bible studies and activities, including cooking dishes for the food kitchen.

RoJean loved music. The piano, which she learned to play as a little girl, inspired her to learn music theory, write songs and play the organ. She also sold organs for a short time. She taught herself to play guitar, and sometimes accompanied the choir. Once, she cleverly named a church hymn the “Run Around Song” so her children would zip through the house and let her practice for Sunday service. If she wasn’t playing the piano or organ at church, she sang alto in the choir. Her voice stood out with clear pitch. She composed a song for a church service entitled, All Things Are Possible With My God. You knew when she was happy because you could hear her humming or whistling a tune.

RoJean enjoyed being a Girl Scout, being outdoors and she carried her scout pocketknife at all times. She learned to embrace nature on her parents’ farm outside of Lansing, picking blackberries and mulberries, playing on the hay bales, and walking up the hill to the large rock that overlooked most of the land. This was her foundation of loving the beauty of the outdoors, her favorites being trees, birds, butterflies, nature landscapes and the coming and going of sunrise and sunsets.

RoJean found joy in sewing. She made clothes for her children including prom, homecoming and wedding dresses. Later, she channeled this energy into quilting, sewing bowl cozies, potholders, table runners, and pillowcases she donated to Children’s Mercy Hospital. She was always working on some sort of craft. She had a flawless eye for color and created unique, beautiful creations even when her vision declined. She was a member of the Basehor Quilt Club.

RoJean was a member of the Wyandotte County Genealogical Society, editor of their newsletter, and an avid genealogist. She created multiple volumes of genealogy perfectly curated from hours of research, visiting cemeteries and a trip to Belgium to meet Hallaux family members. She attended yearly Jones reunions of her grandmother’s family.

RoJean was a frequent face at the Basehor Community Library. She attended the Basehor Writers Group, Book Talks, presentations, and she started the Sketch Group. She was a life member of the Friends of the Library.

She loved to make and eat cookies. She baked bread and brought her famous potato rolls to all holiday gatherings. She grew tomatoes and a variety of herbs grew around her front porch. She loved going to garage sales and playing cards with her family and monthly card group.

RoJean was kind, easy to please, and enjoyed the small things. She counted her blessings.

RoJean is survived by her children and grandchildren: Michael (wife Teresa, children Ben and Sam); Lynn (husband Rick, children Sara, Ryan and Aaron); Mark (wife Stefani, children Ashley and Lydia); Kara (husband Scott and child Miles); great-grandchildren Kyla, Macie, Cole, Luke, Sydney, Frankie, Urijah, and Linkin, and in-laws Max, Shirley, Steve, Carol, Beverly, nieces, nephews, and countless friends. She will be interred in Mount Vernon Cemetery, Atchison, next to her parents, grandparents and great-grandparents. A celebration of life will be announced at a later date. Memorial donations can be made to the Basehor United Methodist Church or the Friends of the Basehor Library.

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Norma Jean Newman

So Sorry for the loss of this wonderful Lady, I always ran into her and her friend Sandy at garage sales. we always exchanged books to read, as a matter of fact, I meant RoJean and Sandy when they came to my garage sale, She found out my name was Norma Jean (Just like Marilyn Monroe) They had left that day and was back within the hour with a beautiful framed picture of Marilyn Monroe that Ro Jean had bought for me at another garage sale, it's still hanging in my living room today. She will be missed by many.
Comment | Posted at 12:57pm via Condolence

Sandra Jones

RoJean was my neighbor in Basehor, best friend and mentor. We always had fun together whether it was walking the neighborhood (we called ourselves street walkers), going to sit/stand yoga, Writer's Group, sewing or going on so many adventures in her car or mine. I will miss her greatly, but my thoughts and prayers are with her beautiful family whom I have grown to love because of their mother. Fly high, RoJean, and give me a message or wink now and then! I will love you always and thank you for your wonderful friendship!
Comment | Posted at 05:47pm via Condolence

Merris Brady

Rojean and I were classmates at Leavenworth High School. She has been a good friend for these 70+-years. She will be greatly missed!
Merris Brady
Comment | Posted at 01:12pm via Condolence

Jim Wood

RoJean and I were 49er. classmates as we were called at Leavenworth High School. We enjoyed celebrating our HS reunions with other classmates in Leavenworth the past several years. We attended the same church growing up in Leavenworth. She was a very talented and loving person and will be missed.
Posted at 12:23pm

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