Wanda Jean Hervey, 80, was born September 1, 1942, in Rentersville, Oklahoma to Quincy Hill Sr. and Pauline Grace Hill. She was affectionately known as Jean to her family and friends, and later was called “Gran-Gran” by her grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and great-great grandchildren.
Wanda was educated in Oklahoma and lived with her grandparents on their farm. She was a rambunctious and playful child often in trouble for meddling with the chickens and other animals. She was independent and quite opinionated, that never changed!
As a teenager, Wanda moved to Kansas City, Missouri with her mother. She attended Lincoln High School, also known as “The Castle on the Hill”. After finishing High School, Wanda married Alfonso Evans Sr., to this union a son, Alfonso Jr. and daughter, Shariel were born. The marriage was dissolved. A few years later, Wanda would go on to marry Joe Robinson; from this union daughters, Grace and Freda were born. After rekindling their old flame, Wanda and Alfonso Sr. would have their last child, daughter Raja.
Wanda had a love for people. One could say she never met a stranger. Her frequent visits to Quik Trips around the city made her popular because no matter which one she went to; the employees always knew her! For over forty years, Wanda worked in many health care facilities such as KU Medical Center, Baptist Hospital, John Knox, and Monterey Park before retiring. Everywhere she worked, she was well known, well-liked by all who crossed her path. Her humor, infectious laugh, and no-nonsense way about her made her a friend to many.
Wanda’s hobbies were playing her infamous Pick 3 and going to the boat. Ever the social butterfly, she also hung out in the lobby with her friends at Centennial Villa Seniors Apartments until her health started to decline. From here, Wanda transition to Ignite Medical Resort. Once she arrived it was “Hurricane Wanda” season for three straight years.
Everyone at the facility knew “Miss Wanda” and came in to visit with her. When she felt well, she’d go into the hallway and speak to other residents offering encouragement and prayer. Due to her knowledge in nursing, she’d mentor and coach her own caregivers. She relished in the opportunity to help others.
Wanda was a long-devoted member of Park Avenue Baptist Church where she attended since arriving in Kansas City. She loved her Pastor and First Lady Stevens and the congregation she worshipped with. Wanda had a very blessed life, and she loved the Lord with all of her heart and mind.
On Monday October 17, 2022, Wanda gave up her earthly body, ready to join her Savior Jesus Christ and the family of her youth. She spoke often of missing loved ones who’d gone before her. Wanda was preceded in death by her parents, Pauline Grace and Anthony J. Black; father, Quincy Hill Sr.; son, Alfonso Evans Jr.; sisters, Cleopatra Crigler, and Louella Hill; and brother, Quincy Hill Jr.
Left to cherish her memory, daughters, Shariel (Myron) Guthrie of Kansas City, MO, Grace (James) Lee of Murfreesboro, TN, Freda (Fred) Allen of North Richland Hills, TX, Raja Evans of Kansas City, KS, and Kia (Corey) Jarrett of Memphis, TN; a legacy of 74 grandchildren, great grandchildren, and great-great grandchildren. She was a proud grandmother and beamed with pride whenever she saw her “Grands”. She often joked, “from one came many.” Also left to mourn her loss are many cousins, extended relatives, and friends. She truly loved her family, and they loved her. She will be greatly missed!
Friday, October 28, 2022
10:00 - 11:00am (Central time)
Golden Gate Funeral & Cremation Services LLC
Funeral Services will be held on Friday October 28, 2022, visitation will be held from 10:00 A.M. - 11:00 A.M. with the services beginning at 11 A.M. at Golden Gate Funeral & Cremation Services, LLC 2800 East 18th St., KCMO 64127 Internment : Park Lawn Cemetery