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Stanton, Wanda Jean



Wanda Jean Stanton, nee Draper, 89, passed away peacefully at home on Friday, October 7, 2016 with family at her side.

Born in Hayfield, IA., her family settled in Raytown, MO. when she was 12. After graduating from Raytown High School, Wanda wanted to attend nursing school but her father would not allow it, telling her she was not going to work with unclothed men. Unable to follow her dream, she attended the Midland Radio and Television School in Kansas City to become an airline teletype operator. After graduating the four-month program she moved to Dallas, TX at age 19 to accept a position with Braniff Airlines. While at Braniff, she met the love of her life, Charles P. (Chuck) Stanton. They married in Raytown, MO. on August 10, 1948.

In 1954, Chuck and Wanda moved to Albuquerque so Chuck could accept a position with KOAT-TV. In 1955 they started their family with Wanda giving birth to the first of three daughters. In 1956 they contracted to have a Mossman home built which is where they raised their family and lived a wonderful life together. Wanda took sewing lessons upon arriving in Albuquerque and began a lifetime of sewing projects. Her sewing was impeccable as were her quilting, needlework, cooking and baking skills. She was in every sense of the word a Homemaker; keeping a beautiful home, cooking delicious meals for her family, caring for friends and neighbors in times of illness, loss or mere friendship, baking incredible holiday treats shared by family and friends, but most importantly raising their three girls while Chuck worked.

Wanda devoted her life to volunteering. Her first volunteer job in Albuquerque was at Montgomery Elementary School. She began volunteering in the school library while the girls attended school there and not long after, her volunteer position turned into a paid position. While the title of her paid position was Library Aide, the reality was that Wanda was fulfilling the position of Librarian. She loved her interaction with the children and staff the many years she worked there but decided to retire to provide care for their first grandson, David, while his parents worked. During that time, she also provided daycare for several other young children, something she thoroughly enjoyed. When David was diagnosed with Type I Diabetes at age two, she fastidiously learned how to monitor his blood sugar levels and give him his insulin injections. She adjusted recipes so that he would not be left out of the delicious treats she prepared, many of which she made for his school parties and activities. Years later, she and Chuck provided care for their fourth grandson, William, when his Mom went back to work.

In the sixties Wanda began a "career" volunteering with Presbyterian Hospital. Over the course of the 50 years that followed, she was a member of the Women's Auxiliary volunteering at the Main, Northside and Kaseman Hospitals and at the Pickard Presbyterian Convalescent Center working in Gift Shops, at Information Desks and in the early days pushing a cart in the main hospital from room to room offering books and magazines to patients. Presbyterian Volunteer Office records show that Wanda logged over 11,590 volunteer hours since 1990. Her passion while volunteering for Presbyterian was cutting, sewing and stuffing small toy dogs for the Auxiliary to distribute throughout the various facilities for the children who were patients, or for children who were at the hospital due to a family situation. She took great joy in choosing just the right fabric for the body of the dog and another for the ears, making certain that each was bright and cheerful. Over the many years, she made and donated well over 5,000 stuffed dogs to Presbyterian. She also made beautiful small bereavement sets, each with a white gown, bonnet and booties, for babies who were unable to survive. It was very important to her that babies who did not survive leave the hospital in a beautiful handmade white gown if the family wished that. In addition to the many bereavement sets made for Presbyterian, she also made and donated more than 350 bereavement sets to UNMH.

Wanda learned to quilt from her mother. In her many years as a quilt maker, she created an incredible number of quilted wall hangings, and small and large quilts. Many of these she gave as gifts to her family and friends, but many more quilts were made with the sole purpose of donating to local children in need. For over twenty years she was a member of various quilting organizations making quilts for Albuquerque Police Officers to carry in their vehicles to give to children in domestic situations, for CYFD to give to children removed from their homes, for the Ronald McDonald House, for All Faith's Receiving Home, and for Project Linus. She made beautiful Christmas stockings and lap robes for the Ronald McDonald House. Called Grandma Stanton by the children at a local elementary school, she taught the children to make small quilts and pillows. She also made many beautiful banners for Redeemer Lutheran Church where she was a member for over 50 years.

After Chuck retired, the two traveled to Europe and Central and South America. They also enjoyed spending time with family in Missouri, Iowa and at their property on the Conejos River in Colorado.

Wanda selflessly devoted the end of her life to caring for Chuck when he became ill in March, 2014. She was by his side constantly, attending to his every need, refusing to continue with her beloved quilting groups. On September 1, 2016, after 68 years of marriage, Wanda's heart broke when Chuck passed away by her side.

She is survived by daughters, Jeanne Kimball and husband Arthur, Kathy Kleyboecker and husband Jeff, Beth Jordan and husband John; grandsons, David MacCornack, Charles Kimball and wife Missy, Richard Kimball and wife Ashley, and William Kleyboecker and girlfriend Merlinda Rose; and her faithful four-legged companion, Woody, who she was convinced had a human brain because he was so in tune with her.

She was preceded in death by parents, Roy J. and Nelia E. Draper; sister, Shirley A. French; parents-in-law, Paul C. and Ada M. Stanton; sister-in-law, G. Louise Stanton; brothers-in-law, William C. Stanton and Donald D. Stanton; and granddaughter, Ada Marie Kleyboecker.

Wanda treasured her family, especially her grandchildren, and her many friends. She will be deeply missed.

A funeral service will be held to honor both Wanda and Charles since they passed away a mere 37 days apart. The service will be held on Saturday, November 5, 2016, 10:00 a.m., at Redeemer Lutheran Church, 210 Alvarado Dr. SE.

The family requests that any gifts or memorials in Wanda's memory be made to the All Faith's Receiving Home, 1709 Moon NE, Albuquerque, NM 87113 or to the Ronald McDonald House, 1011 Yale Blvd NE, Albuquerque, NM 87110.
Published in Albuquerque Journal on Oct. 23, 2016
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