Wanda S. Kannady, 86, Sheldon, MO passed away on Tuesday, April 13, 2021 at Truman Healthcare in Lamar, MO. Wanda was born January 4, 1935 to Cecil K. and Clara M. (Holt) Lemons. She married William J. (Bill) Kannady on October 21, 1954 in Bixby, OK. They celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary before he preceded her in death on November 13, 2014.
Although she was born in Wellington, TX, Wanda moved with her family at a young age to Bixby, OK where she attended school. She graduated as the Class Salutatorian from Bixby High School in 1953. Wanda then attended Draughon’s Business School in Tulsa and following graduation she worked for a time as a bookkeeper. In 1963, she and Bill came to rural Sheldon, MO where they established themselves as versatile farmers. Wanda enjoyed living the country life as a farmer’s wife and a homemaker, a home she continued to reside in until her passing. Wanda never missed any of her children’s school activities or sporting events. She was a longtime member of the Sheldon Baptist Church where she played the piano and organ and was a children’s Sunday School teacher. For many years she gave piano lessons. Wanda became a member of the First Baptist Church in Nevada in 1998 where she was active in the Handbell Choir and the Praise Choir. Wanda worked for nearly 30 years at Ferry Funeral Home in Sheldon and in Nevada.
Wanda loved her family very much. She was very family oriented, she loved attending her children and grandchildren’s activities and sporting events, watching golf, keeping up with local sports, playing Jeopardy with Marsha, and was an avid reader.
Wanda is survived by two daughters, Marsha Hooper (Rick), Butler, MO, Marilyn Deem (Brian), Tallahassee, FL; grandchildren, Regan Kluhsman (Ben), Nevada, Bailey Wibberley (Justin), Tallahassee, FL, Jordan Deem, US Navy, Monterey, CA, Hunter Deem, Camryn Deem, Riley Deem, Noah Deem, Micah Deem, Caleb Deem, all of Tallahassee,FL; two great-grandsons, Dawson William Kluhsman, Elias Ronan Wibberley; and her former daughter-in-law, Marla (Kannady) Foreman (Chet), Walker, MO. In addition to her husband Bill, she was preceded in death by one son, Michael Kannady; her parents; grandson, Will Christian Deem; and one brother, Tom (TC) Lemons.
Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Monday, April 19, 2021 at First Baptist Church in Nevada with Dr. Kevin Daugherty and Rev. Hubert Fox officiating. Interment will follow in Newton Burial Park in Nevada. Friends may call from 9-2:00 p.m. on Saturday and from 12:00 -3:00 p.m. on Sunday at Ferry Funeral Home.
Memorials are suggested to the Choir/Music Department of First Baptist Church c/o Ferry Funeral Home.
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