MOUNT VERNON — Wanda M. Dailey, 90, of Granville Road, Mount Vernon, passed away Tuesday, Oct. 16, 2012, at her home surrounded by her loving family.
She was born July 18, 1922, in Gambier, to the late Frederick and Neva (Porter) Hagaman. Wanda started working at the age of 9 at the Handy Hardware Store in Gambier owned by her father. She was a 1941 graduate of Wiggin Street School. The work ethic she learned at such a young age, later led her to help in the World War II effort by serving as a “Rosie the Riveter” for the Curtis-Wright Aircraft Manufacturing Co. in Columbus. She married Kenneth Dailey on Feb. 16, 1946, after his discharge from the U.S. Navy. They have four children, seven grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.
A child of the Great Depression, Wanda loved talking about the “olden days.” For several years she gave tours of her summer kitchen to elementary school classes, complete with instructions on using a washboard, stuffing a tick mattress, and cooking on an old-fashioned cook stove. She recently revived the summer kitchen tour for the book club of one of her great-granddaughters. Wanda loved children and was especially pleased when her grandchildren and great-grandchildren entertained her with their guitar picking and gospel and Sunday School songs.
Wanda is survived by her husband of 66 years, Kenneth Dailey, and her children, Fred (Rita) Dailey, Barbara (Bill) Lowe, Richard (Hessie) Dailey and Douglas (Sandy) Dailey, all of Mount Vernon. She also leaves behind to cherish her memory, her seven grandchildren: Michael Hudson, Vickie (Steve) Sigman, Dawn (David) Bloomfield, Shawn (Amy) Dailey, Dr. Calley (Brad) Raetzke, Eric Dailey and Jonathan Dailey; and her seven great-grandchildren: Austin Hudson, Caroline and Max Bloomfield, Connor and Chloe Dailey, and Claire and Colin Raetzke. Wanda’s sister, Alice (Ham) Hamilton of Fort Myers, Fla., also survives her.
Besides her parents, she was preceded in death by a brother, Dick Hagaman; four sisters, Dorothy Maffett, Norma Watson, Ruth Zeigler and Virginia Brooks.
Friends may call Thursday from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Dowds-Snyder Funeral Home, where a funeral service will be held Friday at 11 a.m. Pastor Terry McLaughlin will be officiating. Burial will follow in Oak Grove Cemetery in Gambier.
Wanda had a zest for life and personified our greatest generation. She loved her family, her God, and her country with all her heart. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Romney for President Campaign.
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The Dowds-Snyder Funeral Home of Mount Vernon is honored to serve the family of Wanda M. Dailey.
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