Wanda Lea West, 85, of Abilene, passed away Sunday, June 2, 2019, at Chapman Valley Manor.
Funeral services are at 11 a.m. Friday, June 7, at the Abilene First United Methodist Church. Burial will follow at Abilene City Cemetery. Family will receive friends from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday at the church.
Family suggests memorials be given to St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital or Abilene First United Methodist Church. Memorials can be dropped off or mailed to Martin-Becker-Carlson Funeral Home, 414 NW Third St., Abilene, KS 67410. Online condolences can be sent to www.martinbeckercarlson.com.
Wanda lived a wonderful life filled with family, friends, hard work and fun travel adventures. She was born Oct. 12, 1933, in Winfield, the daughter of Harold and Mabel (Wilson) Riggs. Wanda grew up in the Oxford area, attended the local schools and graduated from Oxford High School. She married Bill West on Oct. 11, 1953 at the Methodist Church in Oxford. She and Bill had six children.
Wanda was active in 4-H, saddle club and national horse associations. She loved horses and was owner/operator of B&W Quarterhorse and Paint for many years. Wanda served as the American Paint Horse Association Director for 25 years; she also served as president and vice president of the Kansas Paint Horse Association. She and Bill owned and operated grocery stores in Abilene since 1967. Although Wanda had many responsibilities outside the home, first and foremost, she was a loving wife, mother and grandmother. She enjoyed spending time with her family, traveling, playing cards and reading. She was a member of the Abilene First United Methodist Church.
She was preceded in death by her parents, and a daughter, Michelle West.
Wanda is survived by her husband, Bill, of the home; two daughters, Paula Hopkins (Rod) and Suzanne Hoekman (Vic), both of Abilene; three sons, Steve West (Janet), of Abilene, J.D. West (Haley), of Abilene, and Craig West (Jill), of Wichita; 17 grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; and two sisters, Sandra Patterson (Wallace), of Oxford, and Janice Stengel (Joe), of Georgetown, Texas.