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WANDA LACKEY


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WANDA LACKEY Obituary
March 29, 1936 - Jan. 10, 2019 NEWALLA Wanda, 82, entered Heaven's gates on Jan. 10, 2019. The daughter of Olen "LD" & Opal Mary Newton, Wanda was born on March 29, 1936, in Vian, OK. While Wanda's father was working in the cotton fields, she often traveled between Firebaugh, CA as well as Vian, Notchetown, Sallisaw and Gore, OK while attending school in each town. On Sept. 4, 1955, in Sallisaw, OK, Wanda married the love of her life, Kenneth Leon Lackey, and together, shared 50 years of marriage and raising their two children. In addition to being a loving wife, devoted mother and dedicated homemaker, Wanda earned a business degree from Draughon School of Business, where she was honored with the Lifetime Achievement Scholarship. She worked for many different businesses, including as a bookkeeper for Studebaker Dealership in Sallisaw, OK and as a secretary for an insurance company in Tulsa, OK. Wanda had a very loving and generous heart and it brought her great joy to help others. In 1985, Wanda began fostering young children through Casy Family Foster Program and became a mother-figure for 15 children. Later in life, Wanda loved her living in the country where she enjoyed watching the wild birds, squirrels and deer. She was also an avid crossword puzzle solver. She will be deeply missed. Preceded in death by her parents; husband, Kenneth Lackey; and son, Kenny Lackey, in 1994; she leaves behind her loving daughter, Rhonda Singleton & husband Larry, of Newalla, OK; two grandchildren, Lacy Mae Spanier and Crystal Rae Hernandez; three stepsons, Josh, Jeremy, and Erick Singleton; seven great-grandkids, Tyler Foster, Ryatt Hernandez, Emeryn Hernandez, Bailey Singleton, Emma Singleton, Noah Singleton, and Donnie Khristopher Niehoff; and her two best friends, Marsha Niehoff and Dorothy Wheeler. Viewing is 12-8 p.m. Sunday and 4-8 p.m. Monday at the funeral home. Graveside Services to celebrate her life are 2 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 15, 2019, at Resthaven Memory Gardens. Friends may leave condolences for the family at vondelsmithmortuary.com
Published in The Oklahoman on Jan. 13, 2019
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