Wanda Marie (Cook) Landis

November 12, 1948 ‒ August 17, 2009

Galion, Ohio

Wanda Marie (Cook) Landis, 60, of Galion died Monday August 17, 2009 at her home.

She was born on November 12, 1948 in Akron, Ohio the daughter of the late Clifford M. and Mary E. (Aleshire) Cook.

Wanda grew up in Akron and was a graduate of Central High School in the class of 1966. It was also in Akron, at the Brown Street Baptist Church where Wanda married David E. Landis on August 14, 1971. Their unique relationship led to many special memories spanning nearly 40 years.

Wanda and David moved to Greenwich, just north of Mansfield in 1978. They lived there until 1987 when they moved to Galion. Wanda and David had 6 children together. She took great pride in her role as a mother and homemaker, not working outside the home until their children were grown. At that time she began working at McDonalds; eventually becoming a shift manager at the 71 and 95 store.

After her terminal diagnosis in 2008, Wanda decided to make the best of the time she had left. Along with her husband David, she traveled the country joined by various family members and friends along the way. Their travels took them all the way from Maine to Atlanta, Georgia in the East, and from Montana to Arizona in the West with many other stops along the way. They also hosted the best family and friend’s annual bonfire ever in the fall of 2008 where people came from all over the country to celebrate life and enjoy Wanda’s barbeque and company.

A woman of great variety, Wanda was involved in many unique and special activities. She took pride in the Renaissance Festivals she and David would frequent as “dressed guests”. Their costumes were very detailed and were made of elaborate and ornate material which Wanda made with the help of her daughters and sister.

Amazingly, Wanda was also a skilled needle worker and could spend hours working on one of her many projects. They included works in cross stitching, knitting, crocheting, embroidery, and quilting. Her daughters remember one rather financially tough Christmas for their parents which coincidentally was their favorite. That Christmas their parents made all of the children’s gifts using scrap pieces of fabric and wood.

Not afraid to express herself spiritually, Wanda was actively involved in the Native American culture as well as holding memberships to various churches of the protestant religions over the course of her lifetime. Most notably, she was involved in the Circle of Nations which is dedicated to increasing awareness of Native cultures and issues. She was also involved in the Central Ohio Native American Flute Circle with whom she played the Mountain Dulcimer and one of her many custom made flutes.

Believe it or not, her many activities did not end there! She was a licensed Amateur Radio Operator, under the call sign KB8WZZ, and she dabbled in the newest thing in the craft world, greeting card creation.

Wanda held membership in the AMVETS Post #87 Auxiliary and served as their Chaplain until her health forced her to resign. She also was an Ohio Reads volunteer and donated her time and services to the Mount Gilead State Park VIPs.

Those that knew and loved Wanda will remember her compassion and love she had for her friends and family, most especially her children and grandchildren, regardless how hard her kids, as teenagers, may have made it for her. She was also very giving and, some would say, generous to a fault.

She will be missed by her husband David; their six children David Earl Landis Jr. of Mount Gilead, Tammy Lee (Keith) McDiffitt of Mount Gilead, Heather Elizabeth (Billy) Peck of Walhonding, Jennifer Anne (Jason) Walters of Mount Gilead, Nicole Marie (Shiloh) Price of Mount Gilead, and Clifford James Landis of Mount Gilead; six grandchildren Lakeland McKaya Price, Sean Matthew Walters, Hailey Nicole Price, Megan Ashley Peck, Ryan Michael Peck, and Lana Reese Price; and a sister Sandra Lee Cook of Geneva.

Friends may call on the family on Thursday August 20, 2009 from 2-4 & 6-8 p.m. at the Snyder Funeral Homes, Craven Chapel, 67 North Main Street, Mount Gilead. Hospice Chaplain Star Sanchez will conduct services there on Friday at 2:00 p.m. Burial will follow in Shauck Cemetery.

Online condolences may be expressed to the family at www.snyderfuneralhomes.com