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Wanda Spicer


April 25, 1946
October 29, 2020

Visitation 12:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. Sunday, November 15, 2020 - Day Macz Funeral Home, Patoka
Funeral 2:00 p.m. Sunday, November 15, 2020 - Day Macz Funeral Home, Patoka

Wanda Mae Spicer, 74, of Patoka passed away Thursday, October 29, 2020 at SSM Health St. Mary’s Hospital in Centralia. She was born on April 25, 1946 the daughter of Benjamin and Goldie Bell (Hoobery) Burks in Mountain View, MO. She married the love of her life, John M. Spicer on July 17, 1962 in Portland, OR and he preceded her in death on May 27, 2008.

Survivors that will remember Wanda’s love for her devoted family include her sons, Preston Spicer and wife Stephanie of Patoka, and John Spicer and wife Tammy of Patoka; daughters, Vicky Silva of Patoka, Sonya Butler and special friend Wayne Hesson of Boulder, and Kimberley Hassell and husband Corey of Patoka; grandchildren, Matt Podergois and wife Crissy, Frank Podergois and wife Nikki, Wanda Silva and special friend Phillip Blackwood, Jimmy Butler and wife Abby, Misty McNeely and husband Justin, John Spicer and fiancé Celeste Fox, Kayla Morris and husband Collin, Gracie Spicer, Nicole Cain and husband Shane, Wyatt Hassell, Macey Spicer, Brody Spicer; 19 great-grandchildren; brothers, Chester Burks, and Orville Burks and wife Judy; sisters, Wilma McElroy and husband Jim, and Vera Ray and husband David; former sons-in-law, David Silva, and Danny Butler and many nieces and nephews.

Along with her husband of 45 years, John M. Spicer, Wanda was preceded in death by both her parents, Benjamin and Goldie Burks; sisters, Vivian Burks, Donna Evans and husband Richard; brother, Everett Burks; sisters in law, Donna Burks and Deloris Burks; special niece, Maddie Miller; and great grandson, Samuel McNeely.

Wanda was an amazing wife and mother, devoting her talents and her time to provide a warm loving home for her family. While she and her husband John lived in California, they were active members of both the Elks and Moose Clubs. She enjoyed searching for treasures at rummage sales and loved to hold a winning card while playing Bingo. Her passion was always her family. A perfect day for Wanda would include good, quality time with her children, and grandchildren as she made sure they were all content and happy. The love Wanda’s family holds for her runs deep, and they will honor her beautiful spirit as is continues to shine on through her children, grandchildren, extended family, and friends. The hearts that were touched by Wanda’s life will be filled with hope, love, and the memory of a life lived to encourage others.

Day Macz Funeral Home in Patoka is privileged to be assisting the family of Wanda Spicer with arrangements. A celebration of life service will be held at 2:00 P.M. Sunday, November 15, 2020 at the Day Macz Funeral Home in Patoka with Minister Micah Schnautz officiating. A visitation time to offer condolences to the family will be held from 12:00 P.M. until the time of the service on Sunday at the funeral home where those in attendance will be asked to wear a mask and the amount of people in the funeral home will be limited. Memorials may be made in Wanda’s honor to the Family’s Wishes or the Patoka Fire and Ambulance Service. Online condolences and memories of Wanda may be shared with the family by visiting and/or on the funeral home’s Facebook page.