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Wanda June DeMint

June 6, 1943 — November 13, 2020

It was on the 9th day of June in 1943 when Garth and Rose Tabor Comstock welcomed a daughter into this world, naming her Wanda June.  Garth and Rose were in Chicago, Illinois when Wanda was born; she was the first of their ten children and definitely took her role of being the big sister seriously.  Caring for her younger siblings she learned very early the importance of family and that quality defined how she lived the rest of her life.

Wanda spent her childhood in Alma, Illinois and her family moved to Missouri when she was a teenager.  It was in Kansas City that she met Charles Wayne DeMint.  Wayne and Wanda were united in marriage on September 11, 1960; beginning a new chapter in their lives.  They welcomed three children into their family, Tammy, Charles Jr., and Juliet.

Wanda and Wayne settled in California, Missouri to raise their family.  Wanda embraced being a mother and as her children grew so did her involvement in their activities.  She was always ready to lend a helping hand at the elementary school, volunteering in the classroom, serving as a room mother, in the PTA or wherever she was needed.

For a few years she sold Avon and truly enjoyed the opportunity to visit with her friends and neighbors.  After her youngest daughter was in school, Wanda enrolled in Nichols Career Center in Jefferson City to become an LPN. In 1992 the same year her daughter graduated from high school, Wanda graduated from the nursing program.  With her degree, she worked  caring for patients at Villa Marie and St. Mary’s Health Center, both located in Jefferson City.

When she wasn’t working, Wanda loved garage sales; having them and going to them, not because she needed to sell or buy anything, she just loved visiting with people and making new friends.  For many years she could be found at California Lanes as part of the women’s bowling league.

Spending time in the garden was a favorite activity because she was able to provide for her family by canning the bounty she grew and she even entered some of her canned goods at the Moniteau County Fair.  She enjoyed crocheting and was an accomplished seamstress, sewing Halloween costumes for her girls, along with various other items.

She looked forward to Comstock family gatherings; however her greatest enjoyment came from spending time with her own children and grandchildren.

It was through her son Charles, that Wanda found her true calling.  She and Wayne were charter members of the ARC which later became the Moniteau County Developmental Disability Services, which provided services to families with adult children who were mentally or physically disabled.  She worked tirelessly to ensure that families could have the services and assistance needed to care for their children when they reached adulthood.  Wanda spent many years as a volunteer with Special Olympics, accompanying participants to Regional and State Events and also driving the van for adults with disabilities to their jobs at the Sheltered Workshop.

On Friday afternoon, November 13, 2020, at St. Mary’s Health Center in Jefferson City, Wanda was called home to be with her Lord.

Those left to carry on her legacy include her husband, Charles Wayne DeMint, Sr. of the home, her children and their spouses: Tammy and Gary Whitlow of Shawnee, Kansas,  Charles Wayne DeMint, Jr. of California, and Juliet and Jase Wingate of Centertown, her eight siblings and their spouses:  Roy and Ruth Comstock of Versailles, Becky and Terry O’Brien of Peculiar, Beverly Tomblinson of Versailles, Dan and Peggy Comstock of Fulton, Andy and Mary Comstock of Eldon, Reba and Julie Comstock-Fisher of Naperville, Illinois, Tim and Suzie Comstock of Tipton,  and Bonnie Yoder of Belton, and her five precious grandchildren, Taylor and Trevor Whitlow and Jesse, Camryn, and Morgan Wingate, along with many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

Wanda was preceded in death by her parents, Garth and Rose and her brother, Larry.

The family will receive friends from 4:30 p.m. -6:30 p.m. Tuesday, November 17, at the Scrivner-Morrow Funeral Home in Versailles.

Visitation will be from 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. Wednesday November 18, at the Annunciation Catholic Church in California followed by Mass of Christian Burial at 11:00 a.m. with Father James Finder officiating. Masks are required and social distancing is observed.

Burial will be in the West Lawn Addition of the Versailles Cemetery.

Memorial contributions are suggested to St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital.


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SERVICES Visitation

Tuesday, November 17, 2020 4:30 PM - 6:30 PM

Scrivner-Morrow Funeral Home in Versailles 210 E Jasper Versailles, MO 65084

Visitation

Wednesday, November 18, 2020 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

Annunciation Catholic Church 310 Mill Street California, MO 65018

Mass of Christian Burial

Wednesday, November 18, 2020 11:00 AM

Annunciation Catholic Church 310 Mill Street California, MO 65018

Graveside Service

Wednesday, November 18, 2020 12:30 PM

Versailles Cemetery 300 Clay Road Versailles, MO 65084


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