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Wanda Gene (Coles) Kempfer Springer

December 9, 1928 ~ December 2, 2021 (age 92)


Wanda passed to her heavenly home on December 2, 2021, with family by her side.  Born December 9, 1928, in Baker City, Oregon to James Bernal Coles and Aleta Grace Kelly-Coles, Wanda went to school in Haines, Oregon until sixth grade then went to school in Baker City, until her senior year.  She graduated in 1947 from high school in Umatilla, Oregon.  Wanda married James “Ted” Kempfer on December 31st, 1947, and had two children, Ed and Cindy.   Ted passed in January of 1970.  In 1974, Wanda married Clark Springer.

Wanda enjoyed life to the fullest. Some of her passions were cooking, horses, and being a farmer’s wife. She spoke fondly of her summers as a child with her grandmother and grandfather herding cattle in Haines, Oregon.  Wanda moved to California with her love, Ted, where they farmed in Lindsay until he passed.  Her joy for traveling was fulfilled during her marriage to Clark Springer.  After his passing, she cherished her time with her family, friends, and kitties.

Wanda belonged to the Civil Air Patrol from 1944to 1946.  She is a life member of the American Legion Auxiliary 18; a Life Member of the Ladies Auxiliary 7668 to the Veterans of Foreign Wars; a Life Member of VFW National Home for Children and was President/Secretary for the Military Officers Association of America (MOAA) for many years.

Wanda was predeceased by her parents, husbands Ted and Clark, and son Ed.  She is survived by her daughter Cindy (Bill) Visalia, Ca., grandson Erich (Ashley) Kalispell, Mt., granddaughter Leanne (Wallace) Rocklin, Ca. and four great-grandchildren, as well as her sister Sara, Monterey, Ca., four brothers Jim, Ron, David, and Roger of Oregon, and numerous nieces/nephews.

Special thanks go to John Juarez and the care staff at Park Visalia as well as Nurse Jill and the care staff at Kaweah Health Hospice for their care and compassion.

Graveside service will be Saturday, May 14, 2022, at 3:00 PM at Haines Cemetery, Haines, Oregon. 

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Graveside Service
May 14, 2022

3:00 PM
Haines Cemetery, Haines, Oregon

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