Wanda J. King, 70, of Cape Girardeau passed away Thursday, June 18, 2015 at her home.

She was born July 7, 1944, in Chaffee, daughter of John W. and Grace P. Vaughn McLemore. She married Leo King, who survives.

Wanda was employed by Ralph Edwards in Cape Girardeau for 25 years and volunteered at Mid-America Teen Challenge for many years.

Loving survivors include her husband; two children, Tammy (David) Dabbs of Jackson; Shawn (Tara) King of Cape Girardeau; three step-children, Steve (Debbie) King of Gordonville, Debbie (Paul) Schrock, Karen (Quintin) Gaither, both of Cape Girardeau; a brother, Donald (Erna) McLemore of Jackson; a sister, Shirley (Bill) Vance of Advance; a sister-in-law, Darlene McLemore of Jackson; a dear cousin, Bill (Jenny) Brawley; six grandchildren; eight step-grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren; five great-step-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents; two brothers, Charles (Kathryn) McLemore, Robert McLemore; two sisters, Bessie (Everett) Kynion and Betty (Lloyd) Green; and her best friend, Rose Hawk.

Friends may call Friday, June 26, 2015 from 4-8 PM at McCombs Funeral Home and Cremation Center in Jackson. The funeral service will be 10:30 am Saturday, June 27, 2015 at the funeral home with Rev John Dehne officiating.

Interment will follow in Cape County Memorial Park in Cape Girardeau.

Memorials may take the form of contributions to St. Andrew Lutheran Church, Cape Girardeau.


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  1. Nancy Drstherage Geoppo

    Wanda was one in a million. She kept a watchful eye on my Mom (Brooksie Deatherage) even after she moved back to Cape. She always said that she reminded her of her own mother. I always heard a lot about her family and could tell how much she loved her children, grandchildren, and her great grandchildren. Fly high, Wanda; you are one special angel…till we meet again…

  2. Jack Smart

    I am so sorry to hear that Miss Wanda has left us but I am grateful for the life that she lived. I appreciated so much the many. many hours of service that she put in at the Thrift Shop at Teen Challenge. Her efforts, combined with so many other wonderful women and men, touched the lives or our students in Teen Challenge. She was a great worker and a real blessing. May the Lord comfort all of the family in a special way.

  3. Afraica Sager

    Sending my prayers to the family of Mrs. Wanda King I met her only few times sn she was a sweet lady she was loved by many. To the family stay strong for one another an encouraged love you all Afraica.

  4. Aunt Wanda you were in my life as far back as I can remember. You always made us smile and look for “the silver lining” in life. I love you and hope you and my mama are jitterbugging in heaven like you all did here.Tammy,Shawn,leo and all of you are in my prayers to get through this difficult time

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