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Wanda Lee McDaniel

Wanda Lee McDaniel, age 85, of Linn passed away Tuesday, May 28, 2013, at Autumn Meadows Skilled Nursing Facility.

Wanda was born on July 5, 1927, in Bland to the late Wayne R. and Jessie E. (Spurgeon) Cooper.

Wanda was a graduate of JF Hodge High School in St. James and later attended beautician school in St. Louis.

On November 27, 1948, Wanda was united in marriage to Joseph F. Bell in St. Louis. He preceded her in death on August 4, 1984. On December 25, 1986, she was married to Sam McDaniel in Springfield. He preceded her in death on April 27, 1988.

Wanda worked as a self-employed beautician in St Louis for 18 years before moving to Springfield where she worked in food service at various restaurants for 10 years. Wanda lived in Springfield for 23 years before moving to Linn to live with her sister, Janice. She was a lifelong member of various Lutheran churches.

Wanda was very active in the Cosmetology Association when she worked in St. Louis. She also did charity work for the deaf and the children's homes in the St. Louis area. When she moved to Springfield she was active in the National Alliance for Mental Illness (NAMI).

Wanda is survived by: two sons, Joseph E. Bell of Nixa and Bryan W. Bell of St. Louis; one daughter, Denise M. Dunson of Springfield; two sisters, Verlee Robertson and her husband Curtis of Overland and Janice Leimkiller and her husband Marvin of Linn; one brother, Conrad and his wife Janet Cooper of Owensville; two grandchildren, Amanda and Michael Bell as well as several nieces, nephews and friends.

In addition to her parents and spouses, she was preceded in the death by two nephews.

Memorial Services will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Thursday, May 30, 2013, at Pilgrim Lutheran Church in Freedom, MO. with Rev. Paul Landgraf officiating.

Expression of sympathy may be made to the National Alliance for Mental Illness (NAMI) or to Community Hospice.

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