KEYSER, W.Va. — Wanda M. Avers, 88, of Vernon Street, Keyser, W.Va., died Monday, Nov. 11, 2013, at the Western Maryland Regional Medical Center, Cumberland.
Born on Jan. 20, 1925, at Hutton, she was a daughter of the late Robert L. and Lena M. (Gank) Lantz. She also was preceded in death by her husband of 39 years, Junior A. “Fritz” Avers in 1983; an infant son, Robert in 1960; another son, James A. Avers in 1976; a sister, Ruth Snyder and a brother, Robert Lantz. She was the last surviving member of her immediate family.
Mrs. Avers was a 1943 graduate of Oakland High School and was a loving wife, mother, grandmother and homemaker. She was a life member and past president of the Ladies Auxiliary to Nancy Hanks Post 3518, VFW, Keyser and was past president of District 4 of the West Virginia VFW Auxiliaries.
A limb has fallen from the family tree, I keep hearing a voice that says, “Grieve not for me.” Remember the best times, the laughter, the song; the good life life I lived while I was strong. Continue my heritage, I'm counting on you, keep smiling and surely the sun will shine through. My mind is at ease, my soul is at rest, remembering all, how I truly was blessed. Continue traditions, no matter how small, go on with your life, don't worry about falls. I miss you all dearly, so keep up your chin, until the day comes we're together again.
Surviving are three sons, Douglas L. Avers and wife Sharon, Jerry L. Avers and wife Della and Dennis E. Avers and wife Gwen, all of Mount Joy, Pa.; a daughter, Carole A. Daugherty and husband Junior, of Keyser; 12 grandchildren, 29 great-grandchildren and three great-great-grandchildren.
Friends may call at the Smith Funeral Home, Keyser Chapel, on Thursday, Nov. 14, 2013, from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m.
Funeral services will be conducted in the Smith Funeral Home, Keyser Chapel, on Friday, Nov. 15, 2013, at 11 a.m. with the Rev. Mary Aronhalt officiating.
Interment will be in the Potomac Memorial Gardens, Keyser.
Condolences and personal reflections to the family may be left after Mrs. Avers' obituary at smithfuneralhomes.net.