Wanda Sue (Vernon) Stark

September 19, 1932June 5, 2021

Wanda Sue Vernon Stark, 88, of Bloomington passed away Saturday, June 5, 2021 in Garden Villa Health Care Center. She was born September 19, 1932 in Bloomington to Arville Cleo Vernon and Hazel Minnie Hyslope Vernon. She was the former owner-operator of Crystal Beauty Salon in El Dorado, Kansas.

Survivors include her husband of 62 years, Chris Stark, Jr. of Bloomington; a daughter, Rhonda (husband Tim) Adams of Terre Haute; four grandchildren, Matthew (Kellie) Adams, Holly (Brett) Comer, Levi Adams and Luke (Kacie) Adams; great grandchildren, Frances Adams, Micah and Lydia Comer, Madison and Kaden Adams and Noah and Jonah Adams; three sisters-in-law, Evelyn Vernon, Joan Vernon and JoAnn Vernon; and several nieces, nephews and cousins. She was preceded in death by her parents; five brothers, Robert “Bob” Vernon, William “Bill” Vernon, Charles “Charlie” Vernon, Forrest “Barney” Vernon and Thomas “Tom” Vernon; two sisters, Wilma Vandivier and Jeanette Vanus; and a great grandson, Arthur Adams.

Memberships include Arlington United Methodist Church and was a past member of the Order of the Eastern Star Chapter 454. Wanda was the past president of the Cosmetologists Association of Indiana, Kansas and Oklahoma. Wanda was a gracious & tenacious lady but her dedication was always towards family. All who knew her will remember her either saying “how grand” or “how delightful” in response to any conversation. Wanda was a warm, kind and generous person who will be missed by many.

Funeral Services are scheduled for Thursday, June 10, 2021 at 2:00 PM in Deremiah-Frye Mortuary, Greene & Harrell Chapel, 700 W Gourley Pike, with Reverend Rose Sparks officiating. Burial will follow in Valhalla Memory Gardens. Visitation will be prior to services on Thursday from 12:00 – 2:00 PM in the funeral home.

If friends so desire, Memorial Contributions may be made to Arlington United Methodist Church, 1820 W Arlington Rd, Bloomington, IN 47404.

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    Thursday, June 10, 2021


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Barbara (Patterson) Baldwin

June 10, 2021

Aunt Wanda was an inspiration to me. I first met her when she started dating my Uncle Chris. I wa a senior in high school. She was a beautiful person inside and out. She taught us a card game that we still play today. And she was so good at it that she would win most of the time. I'm so glad I was able to see her a couple of years ago. She will be missed by all. And I hope Unclcle Chris will know she is well now.

Sarah (Thomas) Lauxman

June 9, 2021

Aunt Wanda was really special! I remember when I was a young child, thinking eveey time I saw her that she must be a movie star! She was a fine dresser! She and Uncle Chris were always so happy together but when the cards came out she was a shark! Those were good times at the card table. God has another beautiful angel with him. My prayers and blessings go out to Uncle Chris and the family. Love Sarah and Doug Lauxman

Pam Worcester

June 9, 2021

I am a great-niece of Wanda. Some of my earliest memories as a child is visiting her salon in El Dorado, Kansas and she would paint my fingernails bright red. Aunt Wanda was indeed a card shark! About fifty years ago, she taught our family a card game that we still play often to this day. Zionacheck is a similar to rummy and Phase 10. She would strategize who to sit by because she could steal cards more easily! Her phrase of "how grand" was heard often when updating her about family and how her great-great nephews and niece (my children) were doing. She loved having family visit her and Uncle Chris and we loved staying at their home many times throughout the years. We will miss her dearly. Much love to Uncle Chris. Love, Barry and Pam (Patterson) Worcester and family