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Wanda Grace Laffoon was born to Cecil and Grace (Albee) Laffoon on October 5, 1922 at the family home south of Houston, MO. The youngest of nine, she was preceded in death by her siblings Lyle, Lester, Lucille (Davis), Harold, Donald, Clayton, Claude and Wava (Hilterbrand). Helen (Reeves) Laffoon is her only surviving in-law.

She attended Indian Creek School, then Houston Schools, graduating with the class of 1940. Her classmates predicted she would most likely be “tending chickens on her farm”. Proving them wrong, she helped on the family farm and also worked full time at the “Republican” newspaper office in Houston, operating the linotype machine for nearly 10 years.

On Sept. 4, 1949 Wanda was united in marriage to Eugene L. Watson, of Houston, MO. A year later Sidney Gene was born and in 1953 the small family moved to Washington State. Gene worked in construction, and she worked for a short time at the Yakima Herald newspaper. She shared that they had moved three times in one year and Gene never missed a day of work. Guess who did most of the packing? She worked 20 years as a proofreader in Pasco, WA.

Wanda loved all things beautiful; especially flowers, birds, and a well tended yard. She enjoyed sewing, knitting, crocheting, embroidery, and crafts. She was a fierce competitor at all card and board games. Wanda had a special flair for fashion; often handmade, usually including a color-coordinating scarf. She was a huge Saint Louis Cardinals fan and could give you a play-by-play without the volume on!

Growing, and harvesting food was a big part of who she was. This resulted in the hard work of canning, freezing, making jams, jellies, juice or pickles. This bounty was often shared and would likely end up in delicious desserts or casseroles. Visitors from out of state would get salmon and wild huckleberry cobbler if they were lucky.

After returning to Houston in 1983, she became involved in the Houston Senior Center and this became her ‘center’ so to speak. She played a vital role in volunteer coordination, quilting and other activities at the center for the past 30 years. She was also active in XYZ’s, Garden Club, Hospital Auxiliary and the Alumni Association.

She accepted Christ as her savior at an early age and was a member of the First Baptist Church of Houston.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her siblings, her husband Eugene (1990) and a daughter, Susan Kaye (1963) and close friend, Tommy Vandiver.

Survivors include: Son, Sidney, daughter-in-law Lois, and grandson Daniel Watson of Kent, WA. Daughter, Rowena Watson, son-in-law, Paul Troka and grandchildren Benjamen and Muriel Troka of Concrete, WA. Nieces- Diana (Hilterbrand) Vandiver, Judy (Laffoon) Davis, Patty (Laffoon) Doll, Wanda Jean (Laffoon) Compise. Nephews- Hoyt Davis, Jerry Laffoon, Alan Laffoon, and many great and great-great-nieces and nephews.

Wanda was an amazing person, had many friends, and all who knew her loved her and will miss her dearly. She defied the aging process, lived life fully and faced her death with courage and dignity. She died peacefully in her own home with her family at her side. We will all miss you, Wanda.

Memorials may be made to Houston Senior Center, in lieu of flowers. Online condolences may be made at

Services were held at 1:00 P.M. Wednesday July 17, 2013 at Houston First Baptist Church with Rev. Raymond Laramore officiating. Pallbearers were; Mike Miles, Dwaine Miles, Justin Vandiver, John Vandiver, Rick Ichord and Danny Carter. Burial was in Pine Lawn Cemetery under the direction of Evans Funeral Home.

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