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Wanda June Totman

08 May, 2006 by Ed Ediger

Wanda June Totman, age 80, of McPherson, KS, passed away at 11:33 p.m. , Saturday, May 6th, 2006 at Cedars Health Care Center.

Wanda June Rathbun, the daughter of Newton and Jennie Stewart) Rathbun, was born June 2, 1925, in Lincoln, Kansas. She was the fourth child born to this union: Delbert Rathbun; Avanelle (Rathbun) Jones; Hazel (Rathbun) Jones; Wanda; Cleo (Rathbun) Goering; Dale Rathbun. Wanda attended the Lincoln County public schools and was a graduate of the Salina Beauty Academy, Salina, Kansas.

On October 7, 1945, in Lincoln, Kansas, Wanda was united in marriage to Mirrel L. Totman. The couple established their first home together in Neodesha, Kansas before moving to McPherson in 1948. This union was blessed with the birth of two children: Donald R. Totman and Karen S. (Totman) Meats. Wanda was a homemaker while their children were young; she then worked for the McPherson Sentinel for 10 years and ultimately retired in 1986 after 13 years from J.C. Penney's then located in downtown McPherson. Both she and Mirrel loved to travel; they traveled extensively for many years throughout the United States.

Their lives changed drastically after Mirrel suffered a massive stroke in February, 1986. From that time on, Wanda unconditionally devoted herself to Mirrel's care. Wanda’s selfless devotion and loving concern for her husband's health and well-being continued to grow stronger each day during the next 17 years; and after 57 years of marriage, their wedding vows of "in sickness and in health.....until death do us part" continued to grow stronger each day as well.

They were both devoted Covenant church members and were active participants in every aspect of church life for many years. When it became impossible for them to attend services and participate in church activities, they continued their devotion to the church through their spiritual lives and commitment to each other.

On Saturday, May 6, 2006, following several years of failing health, Wanda died and entered into eternal rest at the age of eighty years at the Cedars Health Care Houses, McPherson, Kansas. She was preceded in death by: her parents; one brother, Delbert Rathbun; two sisters, Avanelle (Rathbun) Jones and Cleo (Rathbun) Goering; and one son-in-law, Ron Meats.

Surviving members of her family include: her son, Donald R. Totman and his wife Linda of McPherson, Kansas; her daughter, Karen S. Meats of McPherson, Kansas; four grandchildren, Jason Totman, Lubbock, Texas; Lindsay Wilson, McPherson, Kansas; Sara Vancil, New Brunswick, New Jersey; and Jennifer Fowler, Lawrence, Kansas; four great-granddaughters, Kelsey Wilson; Emma Wilson; Addison Totman; and Taylor Totman.


Funeral service at Countryside Covenant Church, McPherson, KS. at 11:00 a.m. on Wednesday, May 10th, with Reverend Jon Black, Reverend Tim Holgerson, and Reverend Bob Fleenor officiating.

Interment at McPherson Cemetery McPherson, KS.

At the family's request there will be no visitation

Memorial contributions may be given to Countryside Covenant Church McPherson, Kansas.

Posted By Dianna Warnock on 01 June, 2006
Karen, I am sorry to hear about your mom, and second sorry that I am so late with this. May God comfort your heart as only He can. Having lost my mom I know how it feels, you will run into things that make you cry even years down the line, but God will soften the years with good memories. God Bless you, Dianna

Posted By Jo Unruh on 08 May, 2006
May the Lord give you peace in your time of loss! I had the pleasure of working with Wanda many years ago at JC Penneys. I will always remember how kind she was to me. She was always smiling, and had a sweet spirit. I was blessed to have known her! Know she is only a prayer away.

Posted By Roscoe & Gladys Golden - Green Valle on 08 May, 2006
You may or may not remember or have known us but we lived on Dover Road for many years and had the pleasure of knowing your parents and visited with them around their home many times. Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this time and may you find peace in knowling thete is a better life awaiting your mother.

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