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Wanda Jean White Whitington, 82, of Lee’s Summit, died at her home on January 11, 2015.
Visitation will be on Thursday, January 15 from 5:00 p.m.-7:00 p.m. at Our Lady of the Presentation Catholic Church, 130 NW Murray Road, Lee’s Summit, MO. A Memorial Mass will be held on Friday, January 16 at 10:30 a.m. at the church.
Born in 1932 in Sedalia, MO to Everett and Lucille (Woodward) White, Wanda graduated from Smith Cotton High School in 1950 and attended Central Missouri State University. In 1960, she married Bill Whitington and they had one daughter, Patti. Through lifelong friendship they inherited two more daughters, Becki and Terri Kempf.
Wanda worked for Western Electric for 27 years and after retirement, worked part-time in retail selling clothes and jewelry-two of her favorite things. Wanda was a proud, lifelong Missourian, Democrat and union member. Through the years, she served on the Democratic State Committee and volunteered in numerous political campaigns; Communication Workers of America, Local 6360; Lee’s Summit Business and Professional Women’s Association and Our Lady of the Presentation Catholic Church.
She was a devoted daughter, wife and mother who always put her family first. Wanda was a force of nature who had her own style and loved parties, music-especially Elvis, dancing, movies and shopping. She was a feisty, funny, sassy, ornery, passionate, loyal, generous and faith-filled woman who was accepting of everyone and had a gift for making all feel special.
Wanda had an idiom for everything. Some family favorites that are appropriate for publication include-“We’ve laughed more than we’ve cried,” “You can’t put an old head on young shoulders” and “This too shall pass.”
She was preceded in death by her parents and daughter, Becki Kempf Hocker. She is survived by her husband of 54 years, Bill Whitington; daughters and sons-in-law, Patti Whitington Burton (Jeff) and Terri Kempf Warning (Paul) and four grandchildren, Matt Burton (Allison) of Oklahoma City and Todd Hocker, Lindsay Warning and Gresha Burton of Lee’s Summit.
The family wishes to thank Judy Dey for providing loving, compassionate care and Crossroads Hospice.
The family kindly requests memorial donations to First Hand Foundation, 2800 Rockcreek Parkway, Kansas City, Missouri 64117.