of Grass Lake, Michigan, age 80, went to be with the Lord on Wednesday, March 1, 2023, at her home with her family at her side. She was born January 2, 1943, in Ypsilanti, MI, the daughter of Harley “Vern” and Josephine Betty (Green) English.

Wanda was a member of New Harvest Church (formerly Chelsea Free Methodist) and worked as the church secretary for 16 years from 1983-2000. She also served in the Sunday school nursery, and baby sat for Mastering Motherhood and she was active in Susie's Shawls. Wanda worked at a shop on Main St. in Chelsea called County Craftique. Wanda loved to read, crochet, and garden. She and Richard enjoyed traveling and visited Europe, Alaska, the Caribbean, and most of the U.S. They also lived in Southeast Asia during Richard's military years.

On March 11, 1960, she married Richard John Conner in Ypsilanti, and he preceded her in death on July 27, 2016. Survivors include a daughter, Sara (Jeff) Smith of Grass Lake; two sons, Richard John II (Tammy) Conner of Grass Lake, Timothy S. Conner of Jackson; 4 grandchildren, Britt Hanson, Kali Staebler (Casey Maloney), Brandon (Krista) Conner, Joshua Conner; 3 great-grandchildren, Oliver Hanson, Elsie Hanson, Serenity Conner; 2 sisters, Nancy Johnson of Westland, Edith Christianson of Ypsilanti; 1 brother, Fred Colby of Belleville; sister-in-law, Kathy Conner; and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents; sister, Violet Murray; and brother, Arden Colby.

A memorial service was held Saturday, March 11, 2023, 11:00 a.m. at New Harvest Church, 11875 Jackson Rd. Dexter, MI 48130, with Pastor Mark Hendricks and Pastor Larry Lyons officiating. The family greeted friends from 10-11 a.m. prior to the service. Memorial contributions may be made to Arbor Hospice, New Harvest Church or International Child Care. Arrangements were entrusted to Cole Funeral Chapel.

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#2 Vicki MacKellar 2023-03-12 20:16
Rich and Tammy,
I am so sorry for your loss. May God grant you peace.
#1 Martha Larry Schultz 2023-03-02 13:39
For 25 years Wanda was the best neighbor anyone could have. We loved her so much! Living out of state keeps us from sharing this time with you but we’ll be there in our hearts. Much love to Sara Richie and Tim.

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