FARMERSBURG — Wanda McDonald Lear, of Farmersburg, passed away on Friday, March 29, 2013, in Terre Haute. Wanda, daughter of Jessie Mahan McDonald and Thurman S. McDonald, was born Nov. 10, 1927. Wanda grew up in Farmersburg and attended Farmersburg Elementary and Farmersburg High School. After graduation in 1945, she enrolled at Indiana State Teachers College in Terre Haute. Her dream to receive a college degree was halted due to World War II and poor economic times. She joined Peoples State Bank in Farmersburg, where she worked as a stenographer for 18 years gaining increased responsibilities over the years. Wanda became well known in the bank for her keen efficient skill in shorthand and her excellent fast paced typing skills.
In 1959 Wanda married her high school sweetheart and love of her life, James (Jim) R. Lear. Jim and Wanda were married for 54 years. They had two children, Jill Suzanne Lear and James Richard (Dick) Lear II.
In her youth, Wanda's joys were her beloved dog, Bubbles Ruth, seeing movies and reading, memorizing and reciting poetry, and having fun with her girlfriends. Later in life, Wanda's enjoyment came from watching her two children grow, being involved in their school activities, traveling with her family, attending the monthly Bunco gathering with her girlfriends, and her church. Wanda was a life long member of Farmersburg Presbyterian Church, where she was baptized and remained very active for her entire life, attending church as recently as a week ago. Wanda will always be remembered for bringing a smile to a friend by remembering their birthday or anniversary with a card and being a secret Santa to so many in the Farmersburg and surrounding community.
Wanda is survived by her husband, Jim; her daughter, Jill and her husband Dr. Bill Williams III (who Wanda affectionately called “Wills”) of Austin, Texas; her son, Dick and his wife Dr. Lisa Lear of Tucson, Ariz.; two grandchildren. Maddi Lear Williams and Rory Suzanne Williams, Austin; her sister, Jean Hawhee; sister-in-law, Vernice McDonald; niece, Lana Hawhee Shuck; and nephew, Phil Hawhee and their families. She was preceded in death by her brother, George, and his daughter, Dawn McDonald.
Visitation will be Friday, April 12, 2013, from 5 to 7 p.m. at Farmersburg Presbyterian Church. The funeral service will be at the church, Saturday, April 13, 2013, at 3 p.m., followed by interment at Westlawn Cemetery. The family asks that in lieu of flowers, that contributions be made in Wanda’s memory to Farmersburg Presbyterian Church, PO Box 626, Farmersburg, IN 47850. Cards may be sent to Jim Lear, PO Box 131, Farmersburg, IN 47850. Holmes Memorial Chapel, Sullivan, is in charge of the arrangements.