Wanda Mae Dickerson

Wanda Mae Nash Dickerson, 87, peacefully succumbed to pancreatic cancer at home surrounded by her family, April 22, 2017. Wanda was born on Sept. 11, 1929, in Wright City, Okla., the first-born daughter of Leroy and Saluda (Wilson) Nash.

Wanda Dickerson

She attended school in Kansas City, Mo., prior to moving to Leavenworth. Wanda worked as a Nurse's Aide, and retired from the Veteran's Administration Medical Center after over 30 years of employment.

In 1950, she married the love of her life, James Dickerson, and they spent over 31 years together until his passing.

She had many interests and hobbies, to include attending church, family dinners and celebrations, collecting and giving away seashells, traveling, sports, estate and garage sales, plants, collecting rocks, gardening, going to the casino when she could get a ride, playing spades, shopping at thrift stores, and hanging out with her friends. Wanda also loved to decorate, and she could see beauty in things others considered trash, and turn it into a cherished treasure. Her friends were also important to her, and she had friendships that lasted over 50 years. To say she loved plants was an understatement. She had a green thumb and she could resurrect just any dead plant someone gave her. Wanda had an avid hat collection. Her favorite teams were the Leavenworth Pioneer boys and girls teams, the Royals, the KU Jayhawks, and any team her children and grandchildren played on. Even with all of her hobbies, spending time with family was what she cherished the most. She loved each and every one of them unconditionally. She usually worked two jobs to provide the very best for her family. She loved being a senior citizen and all the benefits that came with it: getting in free at the Pioneer games, being able to eat for $1.50 at the Bethel AME Nutrition Site and discounts at restaurants. She also secretly enjoying being a little deaf, because then she could hear what she wanted to. She was the oldest member of Sunflower Missionary Baptist Church, and she served on the Mother Board and in the Beautification Club. She blessed our family with so many great memories. Wanda truly touched everyone she met with her great sense of humor, her brutal honesty and advice, her spankings, her famous quotes and her genuine care and concern for everyone regardless of who they were.

She raised 11 biological children, two grandchildren and three great-nephews as her own. She leaves to mourn her children, James Jr., Ronda, Richard (Serena), Durand (Stephanie), William "Bingo", Robert, Patricia, Saluda CD Kitt, Leroy, Carmelnita Fossum (Randall), Laurice, April, and Crystal; she also leaves over 100 grandchildren, great grandchildren, great-great grandchildren; and her two dogs, Elmo and Bo.

It is very hard to say goodbye, but we know she is now at rest, and she is "together forever" with God, departed family and friends, and her beloved husband. Her life was a life well-lived, and she definitely received her flowers while she could enjoy them. Wanda was truly favored by God, and he blessed her with three of her greatest wishes: that she would have a daughter (she had four), that none of her children would die before her, and that she would not die in the wintertime. God is so good! Whenever you see a little red robin, consider that as a personal visit from Wanda, and rest assured that she is still near.

Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m., Friday, April 28, 2017, at Sunflower Missionary Baptist. A celebration of life will begin at 11 a.m. Saturday, at Independent Baptist Church. Arrangements are entrusted to R.L. Leintz Funeral Home. Memorial contributions are suggested to St Luke's Home Care and Hospice.