Wanda L. Dickenson

August 24, 1929May 23, 2020

Wanda L. Dickenson, 90, passed away May 23, 2020 at Mill Creek Arbors. Visitation will be on May 28, 2020 at 12:00 pm with a graveside service to follow at 1:00 pm, both at Memorial Funeral Home. At this time, we are limiting the occupancy of our building to 50 people due to COVID-19 restrictions. We ask for your understanding and cooperation in our efforts to keep our families and staff safe. Please be prepared to be directed by staff when you arrive for visitations and services.

Wanda was born August 24, 1929 in Weaubleau, MO, the daughter of Richard Downs and Rosa Mae Byrd. She worked as a cook for 32 years at New Haven Elementary as her children and grandchildren went through school. She married John E. Dickenson on March 8, 1947.

Wanda had a passion for finding bargains at garage sales with her friends and family on the weekends. She spent time traveling with her husband John and her siblings. Wanda even traveled some with her granddaughter to Las Vegas and Hollywood to The Price Is Right show. She enjoyed watching her grandchildren and great-grandchildren play sports and show horses.

She was a diehard slot machine player, often winning despite what she may have told you. Wanda often had a puzzle on the table and loved when anyone would puzzle with her. Not only did she raise four kids, she also helped raise many grandkids and great-grandkids. She spent countless hours in her own kitchen making meals for her family, canning, and making desserts!

Wanda is survived by children, Judy (Jerry) Lacy of Cooper, TX, Richard (Beverly) Dickenson of Hallsville, MO, and Dennis Dickenson of Columbia, MO; seven grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; 11 great-great grandchildren; and sister, Adeline (Jack) Hicks of Sturgeon, MO.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, John; brother, Bill Downs; and son, Larry Dickenson.

In lieu of flowers please consider making a donation to the Alzheimer’s Association as Wanda spent the last three years at Mill Creek Arbors Assisted Living and Memory Care..


  • Alzheimer’s Association


  • Visitation

    Thursday, May 28, 2020

  • Graveside Service

    Thursday, May 28, 2020


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Phyllis Glass

May 25, 2020

Wanda's sweet smile will always be remembered. She and my Mom, Dorothy Brown, were so much company for each other. Mom is missing her so much. Wanda, Mom and I shared lots of laughs along with some sad times. We enjoyed our rides through the country, trips to Mc Donalds and Mugs Up. She was more excited than Mom when I came with a bag of goodies for them to share. They were like two little girls. Wanda wasn't too happy when I would come pick Mom up to take her with me for doctor's appointment, grocery store, or come over to my house. They were like two peas in a pod. My only regret is that I didn't know her longer, even though I went to high school with Judy and Larry. All my love and prayers to your family. She will truly be missed.