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Wanda Lee Chitwood

Wanda Lee Chitwood, daughter of the late Tony C. Woolf and Syble (Akers) Woolf, was born in Midridge, Missouri, on August 15, 1937. She departed this life at Iron County Hospital in Pilot Knob, Missouri, on January 20, 2021, at the age of 83.


On September 10, 1952, in Walnut Ridge, Arkansas, Wanda was united in marriage to Vernon B. Chitwood and to this union three children were born. Vernon preceded her in death on May 24, 2013. Wanda previously attended the River of Life Church. She loved fixing Sunday dinner for her family, making chicken and dumplings, and seeing how many people she could fit around her dinner table on Sunday’s after church. Her children went to her house every Sunday for dinner. She was a giver and her way of helping others was to prepare a meal. Wanda enjoyed making quilts, reading Amish books and taking care of people. She loved Brent B. Tinnin Nursing Home and visiting with all of the residents and staff members there who were her second family. Wanda’s greatest joy was spending time with her family.


Wanda was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, three sisters, Jean Channell, Cricket Morrissey, and Donna Tarvid, one brother, Kenneth Woolf, step-sister, Laura Picassor,  step-brother, Jerry Holden, and one son-in-law, Art Cook Jr.


Wanda is survived by her son, Vernon “JR” Chitwood and wife Regina of Ellington, Missouri, two daughters, Roberta Cook of Ellington, Missouri, and Rhonda Crafton and husband Bob of Van Buren, Missouri, her baby sister that was more like a daughter, Marsha Towner and husband Kenny (known as “grandson” to Wanda) of Van Buren, Missouri, two brother-in-law’s, John Tarvid and wife June of Ellington, Missouri, and Ron Channell of Phoenix, Arizona, two sister-in-law’s, Imogene Kuntz (who Wanda considered a sister) of Ellington, Missouri, and Lucy Chitwood of Three Rivers, Michigan, six grandchildren, and 8 great-grandchildren. She was known as “Grandma” to many. Wanda will be deeply missed by a host of relatives and many friends who will mourn her passing.



Visitation: Sunday, January 24, 2021, from 11 AM-2PM at McSpadden Funeral Home, Ellington, Missouri

Funeral to follow at 2PM

Minister: Pastor Doug Massie assisted by Pastor Sue Harper

Burial: Polk Memorial Cemetery

Pallbearers: Todd Dement, Jr. Farmer, Travis Crafton, Jonathan Chitwood, Phillip Thompson, and Kenny Towner

In Lieu of Flowers: Donations can be made to Polk Memorial Cemetery

Arrangements by McSpadden Funeral Home, Ellington, Missouri

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