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Monday, December 14, 2020

Obituary - Wanda Faye Banner

Wanda Faye (Biggs) Banner, 78, of Harrisonville, Missouri, passed away Friday, December 11, 2020 at Golden Years Care Center in Harrisonville. Funeral services will be held at 2:00pm on Monday, December 14, 2020 at the Atkinson Funeral Home in Harrisonville, with visitation from 1:00-2:00pm at the funeral home. 

Burial will follow in Orient Cemetery, Harrisonville. The family requests that masks and social distancing be utilized. Memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimer's Association.

Wanda was born on October 1, 1942, at home in rural Nelson, Missouri. She grew up in the Sedalia, Missouri area where she was a member of the East Sedalia Baptist Church. She attended high school at Smith-Cotton High School in Sedalia. On January 25, 1968, she was united in marriage to Onlee E. Banner. Together they made their home and raised their children in Clinton, Missouri. In 1994, they moved to Harrisonville, Missouri to be closer to family.

Wanda was preceded in death by her beloved son, Lyle Eugene Banner, and by her parents, Lyle T. and Opal Geraldine (Holt) Biggs, as well as her sister, Patricia Ann Biggs. She is survived by her husband, Onlee; her daughter, Debbie Wood (Mark), Harrisonville, Missouri; three grandsons, Wade Wood (Jeanine), Ryan Wood (Melinda), and Tyler Wood; six great-grandchildren; and her brother, Lyle DeWayne Biggs.

Wanda had a genuine heart of gold and loved her family and friends very much – you could never doubt that because she always told you so. She had a passion for helping people, especially kids, and her door was always open to those in need. Wanda loved to watch her son and her grandsons on the wrestling mat. She would take the boys to practices, and watch them the whole time, and she drove thousands of miles to see them compete. Another of her loves was dancing. 

She could jitterbug with her sister until the floor shook, never missing a beat, a twirl, a spin or a catch. Wanda loved her family so very much and was always so happy and grateful for family gatherings at home for the holidays and birthday dinners. Her titles of honor were “Mom” and “Nan.” During her final years, she made numerous friends with the residents and nurses at Golden Years Care Center in Harrisonville.