Wanda J. Yager

Wanda J. Yager

Wanda J. Yager, 88, Palmyra, Mo., passed away Wednesday, Feb. 20, 2019, at Maple Lawn Nursing Home in Palmyra.

Wanda was born April 25, 1930 in Palmyra, to Moritz L. and Margaret Ensminger Happel. Wanda was first married to James M. Owsley and then to Richard “Dick” Yager.

Survivors include her daughter, Sharon Burwinkle, Palmyra; and her son, Gary Owsley (Beverly), Perry, Mo.; sister-in-law, Elsie Happel, six grandchildren, Andy Burwinkle (Robyn), Jennifer Burwinkle, Carrie Long (Michael), Holli Hawkins (Wesley), Corey Pontius (Kellie) and Jared Pontius (Gina); son-in-law, Michael Pontius, Palmyra; 14  great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren and numerous nieces, nephews and extended family members.

Wanda is preceded in death by her parents; daughter, Marcia Pontius; one brother, Maurice L. Happel; two sisters, Marcia L. Howard and Marjorie M. Robison; and son-in-law, Keil Burwinkle.

Professionally Wanda worked as the head cook for the Palmyra School District, Wanda also worked for Chester Bross and as an office manager for the Farmers Co-op for many years. She continued to work until she was 75 years old before retirement.

Wanda loved family get togethers and spending time with loved ones and was known as a very giving person her entire life.

Wanda was a Christian by faith and attended First Baptist Church of Palmyra.

Funeral services will be at 10 a,m, Tuesday, Feb. 26, at Lewis Brothers Funeral Chapel in Palmyra. Pastor Paul Reese will officiate. Burial will be in Greenwood Cemetery in Palmyra.

Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m., Monday, Feb. 25, at Lewis Brothers Funeral Chapel.

Memorials may be made to the Palmyra Nutrition Center.

Online condolences may be made and video tribute may be viewed at www.lewisbrothersfuneralchapel.

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