Wanda V. Holzwarth, 95, of Bella Vista, died Wednesday, October 24, 2018. She was born January 13, 1923 to Truman Thomas and Inez Leola (Foster) Beck in a farm house on the Grand River bottom of Decatur County, Iowa.
When Wanda was 6, her family moved to a farm north of Akron, Colorado. During the Great Depression they lost the farm. They then moved to Loveland for several years where she began school and would later move to Otis, Colorado, where she graduated high school. Wanda married Edward Feichter in 1943 and returned to Loveland. They divorced in 1957 and she and her daughter, Suzanne, moved to Denver. She was employed for several years with Safeway as manager of the non-foods section. It was there she would meet her future husband, Johnny Holzwarth.
Wanda and Johnny were married in 1971. Together they lived on his family’s homestead, Never Summer Ranch near Grand Lake, Colorado, which is now part of Rocky Mountain National Park. After they sold the ranch to the government’s park service the couple moved to Littleton, Colorado. Together they enjoyed traveling, hunting, and raising and racing horses.
She was preceded in death by her husband, her sister, Elaine, and later by her loving daughter, Suzanne Jones, in 1991. Wanda moved to Bella Vista in 2002 to be near her granddaughter and family. She was always an active member with the Presbyterian Church in both Littleton and Bella Vista. Wanda also enjoyed playing games including Bridge, golfing, coffee, reading, and going out to dinner and movies. She had a wonderful sense of humor and was very sharp and independent until the very end. Above all she had a deep faith in God and loved every minute with her grandchildren following their lives and activities.
She is survived by two granddaughters, Kimberlee Siemens and husband Grant of Tontitown, Arkansas, Kelly Johns and husband Kenny of Wimberley, Texas; six great-grandchildren, Dylan Siemens, Karley King and husband Chris, Emily Siemens, Gage Siemens, Keenan Johns, Kelsee Chambers and husband Caleb; and one great-great-granddaughter, Eleanor Lou King.
A funeral service was held Saturday, October 27, at the Presbyterian Church of Bella Vista.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Suzanne Jones Memorial Scholarship, Fort Lewis College Foundation, 1000 Rim Drive, Durango, CO 81301.