Wanda June (Morley) Keck, 95, of Colesburg, Iowa, passed away on Wednesday, May 24, 2023, at the Edgewood Convalescent Home in Edgewood, surrounded by her family. She was born on June 16, 1927, on a farm in the Elkport/Garber area, the daughter of Frank and Ocie (Hansel) Morley. Her early years were spent on farms near Elkport/Garber and Osterdock until the family moved to their farm near Wood Center around 1940. Wanda attended country school through the 8th grade, and high school in Edgewood and then Colesburg, graduating in 1944. She received her teaching certificate from the Iowa State Normal School in Cedar Falls and taught in country schools.
On November 12, 1947, Wanda was united in marriage to Warren “Buck” Keck at the Methodist parsonage in Manchester. Three daughters, Anne, Jane, and Judy, were blessed to this union. The couple farmed northwest of Colesburg for 22 years until moving to Colesburg in 1969. At the age of 40, Wanda returned to college and in 1972 received a degree in elementary education from Upper Iowa University. She taught at Edgewood-Colesburg Elementary School for 20 years retiring in 1989. In 2008, Wanda and Buck moved to an independent living apartment at the Gernand Center in Strawberry Point. In December 2014, Wanda moved into the nursing home.
Wanda was a 4-H leader and made sure her daughters knew how to cook, bake, and sew. She helped in the development of the Colesburg Public Library. Wanda enjoyed gardening, fishing, reading, knitting, and crocheting. She and Buck traveled many miles with their camper making it into Alaska and Mexico. The couple also traveled to Brazil to visit their Brazilian daughter. They also enjoyed weekend camping especially with their camping groups.
Wanda was a longtime member of the Colesburg Methodist Church. She was also member of the Rebekah Lodge and the American Legion Auxiliary. She loved her family and cherished spending time with them.
Survivors include her three daughters, Anne (Art) Beyer of Strawberry Point, Jane (Neil) Sherman of Edgewood, and Judy (Lonnie) Latteyer of Manchester; Brazilian daughter, Geni Noceti; grandchildren, Kyle (Nancy) Beyer, Andrew (Miranda) Beyer, Adam (Lindsey) Sherman, Travis (Briony Maxwell) Sherman, Fernanda Villas Boas, Jeremy (Lauri) Latteyer, and Teresa (Steve) Unash; great-grandchildren, Ethan, Aidan, Olivia, Ella, Daniel, Paula, Alex, Emily, Amber, Jason, and Joshua; one brother, Cephas “Cy” (Joanne) Morley of Chatfield, Minnesota; and sister-in-law, Lois Walters of Colesburg.
Wanda was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, “Buck” in 2015; granddaughter, Kara Beyer and grandson, Zachary Sherman.
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