A celebration of life will be held Saturday, April 16, 2022 from 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm at the Butler Masonic Hall, 1203 N. Orange St. Butler. Services under the direction of Mullinax Funeral Home, Butler (660-679-0009). Memorial contributions are suggested to St. Croix Hospice or the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research. Messages of condolence may be left for the family at www.mullinaxfuneralhome.com.
Wanda was born on April 17, 1934 in Mountain View, Missouri the daughter of Fred Houston and Lorene (Taber) Houston. She moved from Mountain View to Butler and worked as a waitress. When her lifelong friend, Alice Triplett McGuire, graduated from high school they moved together to Kansas City. Wanda worked at Sears and Hallmark while living in Kansas City.
On the weekends they would often come to Butler and stay with Wanda’s sisters. That is how she met her husband, Elmer John Taute. They were married for 63 years and have two children, John Curtis and Pam. Wanda babysat for children in her home for a time.
She loved any opportunity to spend time with children and spoiling them as much as she could especially her grandchildren. When John retired they joined the Moshowme camping club. They were members for over 20 years. With this group they traveled to many different places. They wintered in Texas and Arizona with friends from the club.
Wanda loved getting out of the cold for the winter but was always ready to get back home to her family. The bond that she had with her sisters was extremely strong. They have set an example of how family takes care of each other that has changed anyone that knows them. That love of family also included her best friend, Alice McGuire.
For several years Wanda and Alice walked through Butler every morning and would often end with coffee and breakfast at Koehn’s Bakery or McDonalds. Wanda will always be remembered for her willingness to help others.
She never wanted anyone to be concerned about her but always put the focus on taking care of everyone else. Over the past 1 ½ years Parkinson’s had made it very hard for her to get out and do things for herself. This was devastating for her but she still tried not to complain.
Throughout this last 1 ½ years she had the help of some amazing people, Kathy, Barbie, Sharon and Melissa, showed so much compassion and love and without their help she wouldn’t have been able to stay home.
The staff of St. Croix Hospice have been such a blessing to her as well. She was preceded in death by her husband Elmer John Taute, parents, Fred Houston, Lorene and Archie Evins; sisters Florence Webb and Freda Morgan; brother in laws Jesse Thompson, Arvin Webb, Arthur Lee Jones, and Harold Sliffe; nephews Duane Webb, Danny Thompson, Doug Thompson and Mike Jones.
Survivors include her son John Taute of Butler; daughter and son-in-law Pam and Dan Sbisa of Blue Springs; grandchildren Thomas Sbisa of Blue Springs, Rachel and Brenton Caruthers of Phoenix; sisters Dora Thompson of Springfield and Susie and Vernon Gore, of Mountain View; sister in law Fern Sliffe of Butler; brother in law/ sister in law Verle and Grace Taute of Amoret; brother in law Harold Morgan of Butler; her lifelong friend Alice McGuire and many nieces, nephews and friends.
The family wants to thank everyone that has supported and cared for mom throughout this past year. There are no words that can express how much we appreciate each of you.