Wanda Marie Waller Fecht, age 83, of Mexico MO, passed away August 24, 2013.
Memorial Services will be held 11:00 AM Friday August 30, 2013 at Arnold Funeral Home with burial with full military honors to follow at St. Brendan Cemetery.
Visitation will be held from 10:00 AM until the time of the service Friday at the funeral home.
Wanda was born February 17, 1930, to William H. and Leah Studley Bink Waller in Wellington, Kansas.
They moved to Alva OK in 1932, and then to Clinton OK in 1934, where Mr. Waller served as cashier for the Santa Fe RR. Wanda attended all three grade schools (Nance, Lincoln, & Washington), Wilson Jr. High, and graduated from Clinton High School in 1948.
During her Junior and Senior HS years, Wanda worked for the Del Rio Theatre, the Morris Candy Co., and also for Southwestern Bell Telephone Co. for 1.5 years. She later went to
Western Union School in Oklahoma City, and graduated from there in April 13 worked for Western Union in Borger TX, and was Manager at Western Union at the Shamrock, TX office until it was closed. She then returned to Clinton, where she worked as a teletype operator at the Clinton Daily News. She and two friends (Betty & Corky) moved to Tucson AZ, where they worked as PBX operators for Tucson Star & Citizens Newspaper. While in Tucson, Wanda joined the United States Air Force in 1953. She went to San Antonio TX for basic training, and then was sent to the Navy’s Dental Tech. School in Great Lakes IL. After graduating in the top 3 in a class of 100, she was transferred to Maxwell AFB in Montgomery, AL. While stationed there, Wanda met her husband-to-be, Raymond L. Fecht of Mexico MO. Wanda was discharged from the Air Force in 1953, after attaining the rank of A/1C.
Following her discharge, Wanda attended Wichita Kansas Business College for a year on the GI Bill.
On April 30, 1957, Wanda and Ray Fecht were married in Hernando MS; at that moment, she not only became a wife, but also a step-mother to Ray’s 9-year-old son, Ronald L. Fecht.
In 1959, Wanda went to work for ZeeWay Products in Mexico MO, and eventually became Manager for ZeeWay; she worked for ZeeWay for 21 years.
When ZeeWay closed, Wanda bought the assets, built her own shop, and opened Wanda’s Glass & Screen Repair in 1981. One job she had was to provide aluminum name plates for A. P. Green products being shipped to Russia. Another customer from Germany, who was visiting his family in Centralia MO, purchased fiberglass screening material so he could fold it up and take it back in his suitcase; he needed to repair his own screens in Germany. In addition, she made windows, screens, and awnings for her father’s house in Wellington KS, bringing the items a few at a time as visits permitted. Over the years, she met a lot of fine and interesting people, and she provided a personal and quality service; she operated her shop for 25 years. After a combined total of 46 years in the glass & screen repair business, Wanda Marie retired in December 2005.
Page 2 of 2 - In 1998, Wanda became a proud member of Mexico’s American Legion Post 26; she served as Post Commander in 2001 and 2002, and she served as Financial Officer from 2002 to 2012, 1951.
Wanda was preceded in death by her husband Ray Fecht in 1998, her mother Leah in 1942, her father William in 1984, her half-brother Bill Bink, her brothers Monte Waller and Gene Waller, her step-brother W. H. (Anita) McVay, and her step-mother Juanita McVay Waller.
Wanda is survived by step-son Ronald (Teresa) Fecht of Allen TX; grandson Chris (Carolyn) Fecht, great grand-daughter Natalie Fecht, great grandson Ryan L. Fecht, all of Wylie TX; grand-daughter Anne (Erik) Hanson of Colleyville TX; grand-daughter Ellen (Heith) Benzine, and great grandson Ryder Lee Benzine of St. Paul TX.
Wanda is also survived by her brother Cecil R. (Cindy) Waller of Jasper GA; nephew Justin (Lena) Waller, and their two daughters Isabell and Adena, all of Kennesaw GA; niece Ashley D. Waller, of Los Angeles CA. She is also survived by her step-sister Carolyn McVay (Doctor William) Brand, of University Place WA.
In addition to the above, she is survived by numerous cousins, nieces, nephews, including an aunt of Lebanon OH, sister-in-law Marguerite Roland, brother-in-law Art Grossglauser of
Centralia MO, sister-in-law Katie (Farnen) Fecht of Kansas City MO.
Wanda and the Waller Family give special recognition and appreciation to Wanda’s niece Carol Ann Reifsteck, and to her neighbors Ann and Wayne.
Wanda was a wonderful, unique, human being, and will be missed by many; she will be especially missed by her brother Cecil Ray Waller, who always enjoyed their frequent phone calls about family and times in Clinton OK.
Donations can be made to the American Legion Post 26, Mexico MO in care of Arnold Funeral Home 425 S. Jefferson Mexico, MO 65265.