Waneta and Alvah Wayand
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Waneta and Alvah Wayand passed away as a result of a tragic car accident, Alvah immediately on Friday, (April 11, 2014) and Waneta followed peacefully on Tuesday, (April 22) after being in a coma.
A Celebration of Life service will be held at 2 p.m., Saturday, (May 3) at St Paul's Lutheran Church in Penn Yan, NY with the Rev. Michele C. Fischer, officiating. Interment will be at the Voak Rural Cemetery in the Town of Potter at the convenience of the family.
Waneta Elizabeth (Travis) Wayand was born on September 23, 1929 the daughter of Frederick and Edna Mae (Morse) Travis of Dundee New York. Alvah Wayand was born November 17, 1931 the son of Michael and Alice (Seager) Wayand of Gorham, New York. They were married on September 16, 1950.
Waneta and Alvah were active in Yates County New York 4-H clubs where they met in 1948. As adults they were both 4H Leaders and active in the Yates County Fair, Cooperative Extension, Farm Bureau and Grange. Alvah was awarded Young Farmer of the Year in 1962 for improvements to dairy production.They were members of St Paul's Lutheran Church in Penn Yan where Waneta sang in the choir, Alvah was a deacon and both were members of the Young Couples Club.Waneta and Alvah operated a livestock and dairy farm in Milo Center with their children until 1977 when they moved to Danville, Alabama.In Alabama the Wayands operated a farm in Danville until 1984. Alvah, aka the Yankee, worked at Gold Kist in Danville until retiring in 2012. They were active members of St Paul's Lutheran Church in Decatur where Waneta sang in the choir, enjoyed quilting, cross-stitch and working in the church kitchen. Alvah was a deacon and elder and especially liked working with the children.
They are survived by Waneta's brother Gordon Travis; four children Douglas, Gregory (Susan), Diane (Patric), and Jeffrey (Berri); nine grandchildren, 12 great-grandchildren and one great-great-grand daughter; several nieces and nephews and many dear friends.
In lieu of flowers the family suggests a donation to either St Pauls Lutheran Church, 135 Hamilton St., Penn Yan N.Y., or the Kitchen Fund at St Paul's Lutheran Church in Decatur, AL.
Friends and family may sign the guestbook at www.townsendwoodfuneralchapel.com
Published in Finger Lakes Times from Apr. 27 to Apr. 29, 2014