Dr. Joanne Kenner Allensworth, of Mineral Wells, passed away at home on June 14, 2013. Dr. Kenner was born in Abilene, Texas, on April 26, 1924, to Claude Kenner Sr. and Bessie Kirby Kenner. Joanne was the youngest of 12 children and was the last surviving sibling.
She attended Hardin-Simmons University and graduated from Southwestern Medical College in Dallas. She did internships at St. Joseph Hospital and Harris Hospital in Ft. Worth and then performed her residency at Women’s Hospital in New York City in the 1950s, during a time when women doctors were a rarity.
Joanne married Dr. John Catlett Allensworth in Mineral Wells in 1955.
They were married for 47 years until his death in 2003.
She practiced Obstetrics and Gynecology in Mineral Wells for 45 years.
Joanne was a talented person on many levels. She was a skilled surgeon, a dedicated medical doctor, an artist, seamstress and teacher. She was a humble woman who was quick to complement and was humbled by praise. Joanne was a loyal and generous woman who loved the Lord and was always a pillar of strong and unquestionable faith.
An article written about Joanne during her time at Women’s Hospital said Dr. Kenner used patience, kindness, and tact with her patients and these virtues created miracles! She was always popular with her patients because of the three “Cs”: courtesy consideration and concern.
Recently, Dr. Kenner and her family donated a ropes course to Southside Church of Christ which has been used by youth groups, Mineral Wells Chamber of Commerce, Mineral Wells High School, and countless others for the personal development of the teamwork qualities of leadership, trust, cooperation, communication, planning and productivity.
She also sponsored a Medical Careers Camp for high school students through AHEC to assist students in career choices. The camp was named Kamp Kenner in her honor, and it has sponsored over 200 high school students from Palo Pinto and Denton County schools.