She was born at the home of her parents, Tom and Mildred (Smith) Brown, on November 5, 1931, outside of Cabool in Sargent Township.
Wanda attended Cabool schools until her graduation in 1949. She was united in marriage to Coy Woodmansee on January 6, 1955, when they eloped to Mississippi. In the early days of their marriage they lived in Denver, Colorado, and the states of Washington and Georgia, depending on where Coy’s career in the United States Air Force took them. When he retired in 1965, it was at her insistence that they return to the Cabool area to be close to family.
While Wanda was able to stay at home with her children, she enjoyed gardening, being a true homemaker, and being the hostess for the Brown family Thanksgiving dinners since the early 1970s. She was a huge St. Louis Cardinals and Kansas City Chiefs fan. She enjoyed going to ball games, traveling with her family and especially loved to go hear live country music.
Wanda was preceded in death by her husband, Coy; two children, Coy, Jr. and Diane; her brother, Ellison Brown; and a sister, Laura Church.
She is survived by four children, Linda and husband Randy Griffith, Mike Woodmansee, Mark and wife Jamie Woodmansee, and Donna and husband Kevin Bade; grandchildren Keaton Bade, Kiley Bade, Holly Woodmansee, Matt and wife Bree Woodmansee, Lisa and husband Travis Lunbeck, Katelyn Griffith and Dustin Griffith; great-granddaughter Cailyn Lunbeck; her sister, LaVaughn Hale; and brothers George Brown and Roy and wife Loretta Brown, as well as many nieces and nephews and cousins also survive.
Memorial services will be at 11:00 a.m. Saturday, January 9, 2016, at Bethel Bible Church on Bethany Road in Elk Creek, Missouri. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Sargent Cemetery Fund.
Cremation was under the direction of Elliott-Gentry-Carder Funeral Home of Cabool. Online condolences may be made at www.egcfuneralhome.com.