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Wanda Blackwell

Wanda Pearl (Bain) Blackwell, 100, passed away on Sunday, April 6, 2014. She was born on Feb. 5, 1914. She was the daughter of James Jackson Bain and Pearl Ellen (Potts) Bain; she lived most of her life in Greene Co. Her birthplace was Republic, MO, where she received most of her education. She became a Christian at the early age of 12 years, becoming a member of the Hood Methodist Church. Here she served as a choir member and assistant pianist. She played a trumpet in the Republic High School Band. Her family moved to Aurora, MO and she transferred her membership to the Presbyterian Church in Aurora. After her marriage, she became a member of Clear Creek Baptist Church formerly Tatum Chapel Baptist Church, where she served as primary girl's Sunday School teacher, a member of women's missionary union, vacation bible school Jr. director, choir member, and assistant Sunday school teacher for 11 years of the adult's class. She was also a member of the Republic Chapter 370 and Order of the Eastern Star, which she joined at 18 years of age.

She married Harry E. Blackwell in 1942, and moved to a farm northwest of Springfield. Wanda was an avid gardener. She tended to her huge garden on the farm and especially enjoyed her roses and canning the vegetables she grew. She also raised beef cattle and chickens. She enjoyed playing tennis and golf with her friends in Republic. Wanda loved knitting and crocheting, and made beautiful afghans for her family and friends. Wanda was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Harry Blackwell; three brothers, Paul, Joe, and Floyd Bain; and by one sister, Maxine Campbell. She is survived by one son, Alan Blackwell; two granddaughters, Caroline (Blackwell) Black and her husband, Andy, and Stephanie Blackwell; one great-granddaughter, Clara Black; sister-in-law, Mary Frances Stockstill; and several nieces and nephews and their spouses, Shirley and Harold Langer, Brenda and Ron Wolfe, Beverly and Fred Thompson, Jim and Jean Bain, Jerry Bain, Linda Bain, Janet and Larry Dye, Marilyn and Jim Creighton, and Jean Ann Blackwell-Miller, and Dean Miller; other relatives and friends.

Visitation will be Friday, April 11, 2014 from 9 - 10 a.m. at Walnut Lawn Funeral Home. Services will follow at 10 a.m. Interment will be in the Clear Creek Cemetery. The family has requested that contributions be made to the Salvation Army in lieu of flowers.

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Published in the News-Leader on Apr. 10, 2014
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