Viola Pearl Butcher WANKER
Viola Pearl Butcher Wanker, daughter of George & Grace (Hays) Butcher was born May 21, 1910 at St. Francis Medical Center, Wichita, Kansas. Her parents were early pioneers of Trego County. She attended a one-room country grade school graduating in 1921 at the age of 11. She graduated from Trego Community High School in 1926 & began teaching career in a one-room country school at the early age of 16, a career which she continued for 35 years, being last employed as a First Grade Teacher in WaKeeney Grade School. She earned a B.S. degree at Hays Teachers College, Hays, Kansas.Submitted by Gayle M. Garrett
She was a member of the First United Methodist Church, United Methodest Women, Martha Circle of WaKeeney, & past member of the waKeeney Chapter of Delta Kappa Gramma National Teachers Sorority. On December 25, 1937, she was united in marriage with William Herbert Wanker at her parentsŐ home.
He preceded her in death on June 21, 1992. Both were lifetime residents of the area.
Pearl is survived by two sisters; Frances Robert, & Lillie Eckman, & many nieces & nephews through several generations became her children.
She was the middle daughter, wedged between two sisters & as such filled their lives with sweetness, compassion & love. Her hobbies included all kinds of hand-work, crocheting, embroidering, knitting & fabric painting. Each year at Christmas family members received hand-made gifts without fail, & she shared her talents with her church, making decorations for any occasion.
Another legacy to all is her sense of humor; her laughter & happiness. No matter what situation was at hand she always found something amusing.
The love she gave us will be carried in our hearts always & Pearl will be remembered by all who knew her abundance of love & generosity.
Burial was in the WaKeeney City Cemetery, WaKeeney, Kansas.
Gayle M. Garrett ....WaKeeney, KS