Sunday, June 3, 2012

Wanda June (Rose) Adkins 1927-2008

Wanda June Adkins, daughter of the late Milan and Margaret (Miller) Rose, was born March 21, 1927 in Dixon, Missouri where she grew up. Wanda attended Needmore School from grades 1-8 and had to walk 3 miles each way in order to attend. She later lived with her sister, Gladys, and graduated from Waynesville High School. As a young child, Wanda accepted the Lord Jesus Christ as her Savior and was baptized.

On July 7, 1945, Laurence was united in marriage to Wanda June Rose at Jefferson Barracks in St. Louis, Missouri. They shared over 62 wonderful years of marriage together and were blessed with three children: Duane, Doug and Janet. Laurence preceded Wanda in death on January 3, 2008.

Wanda was a woman who worked hard and took great pride in helping to provide for her family. She was employed for 20 years at the Department of the Army Quartermaster Corp. In her spare time, she loved to cook and plan enormous family Christmas celebrations that brought her great joy. She enjoyed planting flowers, gardening, fishing, canning vegetables and making jelly. She treasured the times that she could spend with her grandchildren. After her family, Wanda loved going to church. She was a very active member of the First Christian Church of Waynesville while her health permitted her to do so and she greatly valued the friendships of her church family. Wanda was also previously a member of the Waynesville/St. Robert Lioness Club.

Wanda went home to be reunited with her Lord and Laurence at 4:45 a.m. Sunday, March 2, 2008 at Sunset Village of the Ozarks of St. Robert at the age of 80 years, 11 months and 10 days.

Wanda will be sadly missed, but fondly remembered by three children: Duane Adkins (Tammy) of O'Fallon, MO, Doug Adkins (Debra) of Richland, MO and Janet Sands (Charles) of Waynesville, MO; five siblings: Everald Rose and Marvin Rose both of Dixon, MO, John Rose of Indianapolis, IN, Helen Berquist of Saratoga, CA and Wilma Keeth of Paradise, CA; five grandchildren: Duke Adkins, Kimberly Adkins, Michelle Woody, Rebecca Johnson and Kyla Birdsong; three step-grandchildren: Chelsea, Aron and Brandon Taylor; six great grandchildren: Wayland Adkins, Roy Woody, Fred Johnson, Lakeysha Johnson, Duane Woody and Brandon Moore; one great-great grandson: Braden Moore and Wanda was eagerly awaiting the arrival of another great-grandson, Kaiden Birdsong; several nieces, nephews and other relatives and friends.

In addition to her parents and husband, Wanda was preceded in death by four sisters: Gladys, Della, Ruth and Dorothy; and two brothers: Pearl and Drew.

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