Oct 18,1922---Mar 30,2021

Wanda Faye Oaks, 98, of Kansas City, MO passed away peacefully on Tuesday, March 30, 2021.

Wanda Stevenson was born on October 18, 1922 in Bay St. Louis, MS. As a child, Wanda lived in several southern cities, including Mobile, AL, Savannah, GA and Montgomery, AL. During high school, her family moved to Galveston, TX where Wanda became a member of the school pep squad. In her southern accent, she would enthusiastically recite those cheers her entire life, bringing big smiles to her family and friends.

During her time in Galveston, she met Gilbert Oaks at a USO dance and they were married on May 7, 1943. They then moved to Monterey, CA, Kansas City, MO, Mobile, AL then back to Kansas City, MO, which she called home since 1973. Wanda was a homemaker, raising six children and an active member of St. Matthew Apostle Catholic Church in Kansas City, MO.

Wanda was a tiny, gentle woman who embraced life and always saw the good in others, while living out her Christian faith. She had so many friends who enjoyed her company. Despite never driving a car, she went to so many places and could give you directions to anywhere in Kansas City. Wanda was a spunky gal who loved life and loved--- to dance, listen to music, play cards, attend pot lucks, the KC Chiefs, the KC Royals, Notre Dame, spending time with her family and friends, and her Catholic faith.

Wanda was preceded in death by her parents Frank and Florence (Smelker) Stevenson, husband, Gilbert, of 36 years, two sons, Richard and John; a sister, Joyce Holm; and a nephew, Frank Holm. She is survived by four children: Gilbert Oaks, Jr., Barbara Shumock, Teresa Newhouse and Garry Oaks; niece, Florence Holm; and numerous grandchildren and great grandchildren.

The family is very thankful for the love and care Wanda received at Little Sisters of the Poor in Kansas City, MO, where she was a resident the last ten years. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions to Little Sisters of the Poor - Kansas City, 8745 James A. Reed Road, Kansas City, MO 64138. Donations can also be made on their website at www.littlesistersofthepoorkansascity.org.

A funeral mass will be held at 11:00 am, Wednesday, April 7, with a rosary preceding at 10:30 am at the Coronation of Our Lady Parish, 13000 Bennington Ave, Grandview, MO 64030. Burial to follow at Calvary Cemetery, Kansas City, MO.

Wanda was certainly one-of-a kind and will truly be missed by all who knew her and loved her.



Condolences

Diana McGan Sproul Apr 02 ,2021

Friend ,Pleasant Hill ,Missouri

Wanda loved being on the go! So outgoing & everyone enjoyed spending time with her! This is a heartbreaking loss for family and friends. God Bless her !💔 Diana & Steve Sproul

Mitch Rooney Apr 02 ,2021

Friend/Care Assistant ,Independence ,Missouri

My Prayer's to the entire Family. Wanda will be greatly missed. It was my honor and privilege to have met Wanda and know her. I am forever grateful and blessed. Her stories and wisdom made me a better person. Mitch Rooney Little Sisters of the Poor

Edna Koury Apr 02 ,2021

Friends ,Raymore ,Missouri

It will not be the same at the Little sisters of the poor without seeing Wanda in the coffee shop when I volunteered there ! Wanda was young at heart but as she aged she aged gracefully and always was pleasant and fun to be around . I remember her dancing to jack the knife song and her love for Notre Dame University Football . She was a woman of faith and I am blessed and I am a better person because I was able to get to know her over several years at the coffee shop in Little Sisters of the Poor.She made me realize aging gracefully can be done with the right attitude! I hope that I can be as cheerful and spunky and kind as she was after 98 years of life and trusting in God’s help. Dr. Edna Perez Koury

Kim Altman Apr 02 ,2021

Condolences Barbara on losing your mom. Focus on the good memories. Kim

Event:
Rosary
Location:
Coronation of Our Lady Parish
Address:
13000 Bennington Ave.
City:
Grandview
State:
Missouri
Zip Code:
64030
Date:
Apr 07 ,2021
Time:
10:30 AM
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Event:
Funeral Mass
Location:
Coronation of Our Lady Parish
Address:
13000 Bennington Ave.
City:
Grandview
State:
Missouri
Zip Code:
64030
Date:
Apr 07 ,2021
Time:
11:00 AM
Google Map: