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Wanda L. McGahuey

Wanda Lee (Jeter) McGahuey was born April 24, 1926 near Hatfield, MO to Cordia Jones Jeter and Fred Elmer Jeter. She passed away Wednesday, June 29, 2016 at the Mount Ayr Health Care Center.

She spent her life in and around Hatfield, MO and Ringgold County, attending local country schools, Mount Ayr High School and graduating from Maloy High School in 1944. She was employed at the Mount Ayr Cleaners until she met her husband. On December 22, 1946 she married Vernon McGahuey at the Little Brown Church in the Vail at Nashua, IA. To this union were born a daughter, Connie and a son, Terry.

In 1951 Wanda and Vernon began farming, working side by side in this endeavor as well in Vernon's bulldozer business. They enjoyed 44 years together until Vernon's death in 1993. Wanda then sold their farm and dozer business; moved into Mount Ayr and built the home she and Vernon had planned for their retirement. She became involved in the community; enjoying the many volunteer opportunities afforded her. She was a member of the American Legion Auxiliary, Ringgold County Hospital Auxiliary, and served on the election board. Wanda especially enjoyed helping with the Red Cross ZBlood Bank and was a 30 plus year volunteer in that endeavor. She also helped to serve countless dinners with the Legion Auxiliary and was honored as the volunteer of the year in 2011. It was through helping with these dinners that she became known as one of the "drinking ladies" - a title she proudly wore for serving water, coffee and tea. She enjoyed going to weekly meal site dinners and contributed her part there as well by teaching the cooks how to make gravy without lumps. She also became widely known for her vanilla, chocolate and butterscotch almond bark, crunchy peanut butter, and cracker cookies - all made, swirled on top and carved by hand. Wanda and Vernon developed a love of dancing and she continued going to local "jams" after Vernon's passing. She loved to waltz. Wanda was very caring and loving, always there for her family and many friends. Whatever needed doing, she was willing to give it a try, and so grateful to be able to do so. She was very proud of her home and yard, keeping both in immaculate order and often enduring great kidding from her family that there might be one blade of grass ½ inch longer than the rest. She herself was a great "kidder" and often used her sense of humor and quick wit. Her most precious possessions were her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren and she dearly loved having her family around her. Nothing made her happier than fixing homemade noodles with all the trimmings and then watching them disappear. If you weren't full when you left Wanda's she made sure you took some home with you! Her grandchildren often called her for advice - especially on how to make sausage gravy or noodles.

Wanda was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Vernon; daughter-in-law, Diane; six brothers: Eldon, Ardith, Paul, Clyde, Jim and Ray; sister, Virginia Sharp; six sisters-in-law; seven brothers-in-law; one nephew and two nieces.

Left to cherish her memory are her daughter, Connie (Rick) Stoltzfus of Arnolds Park; son, Terry (Nancy Frerichs) McGahuey of Marshalltown; four grandchildren: Jason (Mindy) McGahuey of Muscatine, Jennifer (Jeff) Eggleston on Belle Plain, Troy (LaRae) McGahuey of Marshalltown and Andrea (Brian Lippold) of Des Moines; ten great-grandchildren: Xander, Zachary, Zara, Zoe and Zina Stoltzfus, Mason and Maren Eggleston, Raelene and Raechel McGahuey and Aleigha Harryman. Also surviving are sister Faye Sickels of Mount Ayr; sisters-in-law, Helen Jeter, Elladeen McGahuey and Helen McGahuey as well as ten nieces, ten nephews and many, many friends.

Memorials may be made to the Mount Ayr American Legion or HCI Hospice of Mount Ayr.

  • Visitation

    July 01, 2016
    2:00 PM to 8:00 PM

    United Methodist Church

    301 West Madison St
    Mount Ayr, IA

  • Family Will Be Present

    July 01, 2016
    5:00 PM to 7:00 PM

    United Methodist Church

    301 West Madison St
    Mount Ayr, IA

  • Funeral Service

    July 02, 2016
    1:30 PM

    United Methodist Church

    301 West Madison St
    Mount Ayr, IA

  • Burial

    Saturday July 02 2016

    Rose Hill Cemetery

    Hwy 2 & 169
    Mount Ayr, IA


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Guestbook

So sorry to hear of the passing of my last remaining classmte from Maloy (There were 3 of us in the class). I will miss our reunion which occurred on the occasion of my periodic visits to Iowa to see family. Especially this year where time ran out before I got to see everyone on the list.

Posted by victor smith - portland, OR - Classmate   July 01, 2016

Nov 30 0001 12:00 AM

Connie and Terry: So sorry for your loss. Wanda was such a sweet lady. I enjoyed seeing her in recent years on my visits to Mt. Ayr.

Posted by Sharon Lesan - Ankeny, IA - Friend   July 01, 2016

Nov 30 0001 12:00 AM

Our deepest sympathy on the loss of your Mother and Grandmother. The group grows in Heaven and I know they are catching up with each other. May you find comfort in your many wonderful memories.

Posted by Randy & Cindy Jacobson - Lakside, IA   July 01, 2016

Nov 30 0001 12:00 AM

So sorry to hear of Wanda''s passing. She sure was a very sweet nice person. Her Christmas card was the first one we received every year. Your Mom and Dad made sure we had lots of sweet corn. They had us pick up 10000 small bales of hay the year we went to England to help us earn money to go. We can''t get to the funeral because we are in Cedar Rapids at a horse show. I''m so sorry about that. God bless all of you

Posted by Shirley and Dave Hightshoe - Mt Ayr, IA - Friend   June 30, 2016

Nov 30 0001 12:00 AM

Sorry for your loss of such a great lady loved seeing her at dances

Posted by Sharon Kessler - Creston, IA - Friend   June 30, 2016

Nov 30 0001 12:00 AM

Connie and Terry, I am so sorry to hear of your Mom''s passing. She was such a sweet lady. I have such fond memories of being neighbors to you all on Platte River and going to country school together. My heart goes out to you and your families. Praying for peace for you all. Love Diane

Posted by Diane (Sickels) Case - Ellston, IA   June 30, 2016

Nov 30 0001 12:00 AM

Sorry to hear that sweet Wanda has passed. I have very fond memories of visiting with her at the Legion on jam or dance night, when I used to go with my Dad, Merle Butler. It was always such a pleasure to run into her in Mount Ayr when I was back. I will miss her smile and our visits!

Vickie Butler Pierce
formerly of Benton, Iowa

Posted by Vickie Butler Pierce - Las Vegas, NV - Friend   June 29, 2016

Nov 30 0001 12:00 AM

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