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Lois J. Wagner
Feb 11, 2014 - Staff
Lois J. Wagner, formerly of Riverton, died Wednesday, Feb. 5, 2014, in Chandler, Ariz. She was 91 years old.
A viewing will be 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. Friday, Feb. 14, at Davis Funeral Home. A funeral service will be at 11 a.m. Friday, Feb. 14, at Davis Funeral Home with Pastor Mark Rader officiating. Burial will follow at Mountain View Cemetery.
Lois Jean Annan was born Oct. 16, 1922, on the family farm near Coin, Iowa, the daughter of Bryan L. Annan and Grace Heller Annan. She was the third child in a family of four. At the age of 12, she moved to a farm in Riverton, which had been homesteaded by her grandfather William Lewis Annan in 1906. She attended school in Pavillion and graduated as valedictorian in 1940.
On Sept. 7, 1940, she married Edward Wagner, and they farmed in the Midvale area for the next 42 years. The had eight children, Georgia, Dennis, Doug, Cheryl, Richard, Roger, Tim and George.
They moved to Riverton after they retired and celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary in the Methodist church. When Mr. Wagner's health failed, the couple moved into a duplex unit at Homestead Living. They also had a winter home in Mesa, Ariz., until they could no longer travel back and forth.
Mr. Wagner died in 1996. Mrs. Wagner moved into Homestead Living in 2002 and then moved to Surprise, Ariz., in 2006.
She is survived by her children, Doug (Sharon) Wagner of Buffalo, Cheryl (Tom) Tucek of Lewistown, Mont., Richard Wagner of Golden, Colo., Roger (Shirley) Wagner of Casper, Tim (Cal) Wagner of Avondale, Ariz., George (Rita) Wagner of Gilbert, Ariz., Jim Soumas of Billings, Mont., and Bonnie Wagner of Peoria, Ariz.; 18 grandchildren; 23 great-grandchildren; 10 great-great-grandchildren with one on its way; and brother Keith Annan of Thermopolis.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Edward; parents; sister Geraldine (Vermillion); brother Bill Annan; daughter Georgia Ann; son Dennis; and grandchildren Barry Wagner and Genelle Tucek.
Memorials may be made to Hospice of the Valley, 1510 E. Flower St., Phoenix, AZ 85014 or hov.org.
Arrangements are under the direction of Davis Funeral Home of Riverton. Online condolences may be left at www.thedavisfuneralhome.com.