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  • Obituary: WANDA L. SPENCER, Kankakee

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  • Wanda L. Spencer, 79, of Kankakee died on Wednesday, Jan. 23, 2013, at Presence St. Mary's Hospital in Kankakee.
    Mrs. Spencer was born on Dec. 8, 1933, in Benton, the daughter of Lester Hayse and Virginia (Mandrell) Hayse. She married O.W. "Bill" Spencer, and he preceded her in death.
    Wanda was a retired nurse at Presence St. Mary's Hospital and Riverside in Kankakee and also at the Franklin Hospital in Benton. She also had worked at several area nursing homes, mainly Kankakee Nursing and Rehab. She enjoyed knitting, crocheting and fishing with her grandchildren.
    Surviving relatives include two sons, Larry Atchison, Sesser, and Ron and Michele Atchison, Bourbonnais; one daughter, Donna and Rich Yunkus, Benton; nine grandchildren, including her grandson, Phillip, who had been her caregiver; six great-grandchildren; and one brother, Ralph and Bonnie Hayse, Big Sandy, Tenn.
    Mrs. Spencer was preceded in death by her parents, husband, and one son, Lloyd Dean Atchison.
    Visitation will be from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 26, at the Clancy-Gernon-Hertz Funeral Home in Kankakee followed by a funeral service at 2 p.m. Graveside services will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 27, at the Masonic and Odd Fellows Cemetery in Benton with Father Joseph Trapp officiating. Hobbs-Johnson Funeral Home & Crematory in Benton is in charge of local arrangements.
    Visit to sign the memorial guestbook.
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