Hayden, Wanda L. 1936-2021 Worth, Missouri | Obituary
WORTH, Mo. -Wanda Louise Pierson Hayden, 85, of Worth, Missouri, formerly of Nodaway County, Missouri, died Friday, December 24, 2021 at Pine View Manor. in Stanberry, Missouri. She was born on October 31, 1936, on a farm one mile north of Quitman, Missouri, the only child of Ernest Lee Pierson and Louie Marjorie Garner Pierson. Her family lived on several different farms and attended rural primary schools in Lone Valley, Sunrise and Ireland. In 1954, she graduated from Pickering High School after spending part of her freshman year at Woodland, Washington, High School. When her parents moved from Washington to Southern California, she returned to Pickering for her senior year and lived with Bertha C. Ingels Neal, helping with household chores.
On December 21, 1953, in Orange, California, she married Harold E. Hayden and while pursuing a doctorate in veterinary medicine at Columbia, she worked for the University of Missouri in the department of accounting and statistics from the School of Business and Public Administration, then for two food and nutrition specialists at the Missouri Extension Service. After Dr. Hayden’s graduation in June 1958, they and their 13-month-old son Jeffrey settled in Barnard, Missouri. Many days and nights followed meeting the veterinary needs of the surrounding communities and making new friends, totaling 44 years in the business.
As a youngster, Wanda had taken piano lessons for six years and was able to provide music as needed for the churches her family attended starting with Workman Chapel, then Pickering Christian Church, the Barnard Christian Church and Gentry Christian Church, where she was currently a member. She was baptized into the Eternal Kingdom of Jesus Christ in 1949 and has been a dedicated Bible student, teaching Sunday School, and organizing Bible studies.
His hobbies included finding family histories and lockpicking Afghans. Among her many happy moments was sharing time with her children’s families, and she enjoyed the blessings of having grandchildren and great-grandchildren. With her husband’s retirement from veterinary medicine in 2002, they participated together in activities related to their Worth, Missouri farm, which they had purchased in 1963. In September 2004, they moved to this area.
She was a former member of the National Right to Life and the former Auxiliary of the Missouri Veterinary Medical Association and is a Life Member of the Auxiliary of the American Veterinary Medical Association.
Wanda was predeceased by her husband on November 22, 2018, her parents and a stepfather, Melvin Shaw.
She is survived by a fiance, Bobby Gene “BG” Clark of Stanberry; two sons: Jeffrey Lee (Lora) Hayden of Platte City, Missouri, and Paul Stephen (Heather) Hayden of Worth; two daughters: Becky Jo (David) Clements of Liberty, Missouri, and Susan Rene (Terry) Pryor of St. Joseph; seven granddaughters: Mindy (Josh) Bushman of O’Fallon, Missouri, Julie (Curt) Ramsey of Salisbury, Missouri, Amber Rhynerson of Kearney, Missouri, Tiffany (Evan) Schonour of Kansas City, Sheila (Brandon Hill) Hayden of Holden, Missouri, Megan (Mike) Colwell of Holt and Jessica (Kevin Kerrick) Mead of St. Joseph; two grandsons: Daniel Hayden of Sedalia, Missouri, and Liam Hayden of Worth; 11 great-grandchildren: Emma and Molly Fadin, Asher and Arden Rhynerson, Hayden and Annie Ramsey, Adalyn Campbell, Cohen and Darren Schonour and Bodhi and Dalton Colwell; several step-grandchildren and step-great-grandchildren; a half-brother, David (Joyce) Shaw of Broken Arrow, Oklahoma; two step-nieces, Shelly Shaw and LeAnn Burns and one step-grand-niece, Blythe Burns; and many cousins and other relatives.
Services 11 a.m. Thursday, December 30, at Price Funeral Home. Burial at Nodaway Memorial Gardens. The family will receive friends from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Wednesday, December 29 at the funeral home. Family will also receive friends one hour before Thursday’s service.
Briefs can be made to the Stanberry Ministerial Alliance, Inc.
As published in the St. Joseph News-Press.