Wanda Sue Shoemaker

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August 26, 1939 – May 2, 2021

Wanda Sue Shoemaker was called home to heaven on Sunday, May 2, 2021 from her home in Lawrence, Kansas after a long fight with terminal illnesses. Memorial services will be held on May 10th and 11th, 2021 at Warren-McElwain Mortuary, 120 W 13th St. in Lawrence KS. Visitation will be from 6-8pm on Monday May 10th. The funeral service will be Tuesday, May 11th at 12 noon. Following services, there will be a dinner at Union Pacific Depot, 402 N. 2nd St., Lawrence, from 2-5pm. Everyone is welcome.

Wanda “Sue” was born in Stigler, Oklahoma on August 26, 1939 to Thomas Woodrow Richardson and Naomie Anderson Richardson. She moved to Bonner Spring, KS when she was a young child, where she attended McDaniel Grade School form K-4th grade before moving to Lawrence. There she attended Woodlawn Grade School, Central Junior High and then graduated from Lawrence High School in 1957, where she was a baton and flag girl.

Wanda “Sue” married Arthur Ray Christie on Nov. 17, 1957. They had 3 children: Alan Ray Christie (wife Leticia), Lana Renae Christie-Hayes, and Cary Wayne Christie (wife Diana). They all survive. Arthur passed away Dec. 1, 1977. Wanda “Sue” then married William D. “Bill” Shoemaker on Aug. 26, 1979. He passed away in March 2002. Other survivors include her significant other of 6 years, John W. Banks, a sister, Yvonne Hedges, a brother, Michael Richardson, 7 grandchildren: Tyler and Landen Swaggerty, Deanna Hill, Cara Uttinger, Cory Christie, Lilith Escamilla Hermoso and Juan Manuel Ramirez Hermoso, as well as 8 great grandchildren. She was also proceeded in death by her brother, Thomas E. Richardson.

Ms. Shoemaker touched so many lives. She was employed at Jayhawk and Varsity Theaters, Douglas County Bank, KU Credit Union, and Memorial Park Cemetery before operating her own Grandmotherly Daycare for 18 years. She became owner of KCK Cold Storage upon the death of her husband Bill. She was a Boy Scout den mother, an assistant Girl Scout leader, supplied snacks, rides and pretty much whatever was asked for swim team, baseball, football, etc. as well as volunteering at Lawrence Heights and N. Lawrence Christian Churches cleaning, decorating, doing art projects etc. Wanda had a beautiful smile, the warmest hugs, an infectious laugh, a quippy wit and a gigantically giving spirit. Those who knew her will sorely miss her. Those in Heaven are surely rejoicing.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in Wanda’s name to The Ronald McDonald House or The Humane Society of your choice and may be sent in care of Warren-McElwain Mortuary, 120 W. 13th Street, Lawrence, KS 66044.

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