Wanda Joyce King, age 50 of Martin S.D., went to be with the Lord on Saturday, March 31, 2012, at the Gordon Memorial Hospital.
She was born on September 6, 1961, in Loup City, Neb., to Stella Bullbear and Kenneth Keller. Wanda was raised in and around the Merriman area, where she grew to love the Sandhills and the outdoors. She loved horseback riding and later in life began enjoying hunting, camping, and motorcycling.
On February 14, 1977, she married David F. King. They had two children Rose and Emerson, and loved sharing their passion of outdoors with them. They moved several times, but returned back to the Sandhills in the Merriman area, were her and David enjoyed their time together.
In 1992, she accepted Jesus into her heart and was born again. She had a passion for the Lord and treasured her relationship with Him. She was a part of the Victory Bible Church in Merriman for the past 19 years. In 2010, her and David joined the Christian Motorcyclist Association chapter of Gordon, A-Cross the Plains Disciples, when they felt a calling to share the love of Christ and His salvation with others. In January of 2012, she was given the position of treasurer for the chapter, she was honored to hold the office.
She worked for many different places, but for the last few years she worked at the Martin grade school as a custodian and bus driver. She loved the kids and the all the people she worked with.
She left behind her husband of 35 years David King of Martin, S.D., daughter Rose Chappell, son in-law Donnie Chappell, grandchildren Daniel King and Tiffany Chappell, of Merriman, son Emerson King, daughter in-law Jennifer King, grandchildren Ashly King and Nichole King of Alliance, Neb., sisters Bobbie Bettelyoun of Martin and Kendra Zlomke of O’Nell, Neb., brothers Kenny Keller and Doyle Keller of Gordon., and nine nieces and nephews.
Visitation will be on Thursday, April 5 at the Chamberlain-Pier funeral home in Gordon from 2 p.m. -5 p.m.
Life celebration services will be held, Friday, April 6 at the Merriman Community Cemetery at 11 a.m. with Dave Morrison officiating the services. Following the service lunch and fellowship will be at the Merriman Dance Hall.
Pallbearers will be Christian Motorcyclist Association members, Ray Edgecomb, Gary Eitler, Jack Abbott, Phil Wineinber, Stephan Maes, Alan Easton, with long time friends Steve Peterson and Les Cotant. Music by Victory Bible Church.
A memorial fund has been established through Chamberlain-Pier Funeral Services to the Christian Motorcyclist Association. Send to: In care of Chamberlain-Pier Funeral Services PO Box 366, Gordon NE 69343
“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.” Matthew 11:28-30