Wilda Haley, age 89, passed away on Tuesday, September 21, 2021, in Liberty, Missouri.
Wilda was born on September 13, 1932 in Galt, MO to Roy and Clara (Ralston) Browning.
She graduated from Galt High School and married Jack Haley in 1950. They celebrated their 71st wedding anniversary this year.
Wilda worked at her family’s grocery store growing up and later worked at Burton’s grocery store in Harris, MO. She had an amazing ability to manage busy family life, lead church youth group, cook homemade meals, make amazing tea rings for the church bazaar, harvest a full garden, and help Jack with farming. She loved sharing her cooking and baking with others. A highlight for her was an annual trip to California to see her brothers. Wilda loved music and had a beautiful singing voice. After her kids were older, she worked at the Harris Post Office. She was also a clerk at the Assessor’s Office in Sullivan County. Wilda was a distributor for Mary Kay makeup for several years, and enjoyed the friendships and comradery. In 1986, she and Jack moved to Liberty where she started a new career at the age of 54. She was employed by the U S Postal Service in Liberty, MO for 11 years. She loved talking with and helping customers. She was a member of Harris Christian Church and Liberty Christian Church. She was a woman of faith and expressed her faith to her family and friends. In 2014, she fulfilled a lifelong dream by traveling to the Holy Lands with members from the church.
She will be sadly missed by her husband, Jack Haley, her brother, Roy Browning of Anaheim, CA, her three daughters, Julia Haley Hargus of Blue Springs, MO, Wanda Crawford of Leawood, KS, Mary (Terry) Shelton of Lee’s Summit, MO; five grandchildren, Brooke Nickles, Jami Burns, Katlyn (Ian) Hartford, Luke (Savannah) Shelton, Brett Shelton; six great grandchildren, Avery Nickles, Maleah Nickles, Terin Nickles, Rylee Hartford, Kaimana Burns and Ezra Hartford; and many nieces, nephews, cousins, extended family, and good friends.
Wilda was preceded in death by her parents, brother, Kenneth Browning, brother, Carl (Pat) Browning, and twin brother, Wendell Browning.
Funeral services were held at 10:00 am on Thursday, September 24,2021 at Liberty Christian Church in Liberty, MO with a visitation held one hour prior. Burial was in the Harris Cemetery at 3:00 PM.
Memorial contributions are suggested to Liberty Christian Church or Harris Cemetery, they can be mailed to White Chapel Funeral Home, 6600 NE Antioch Rd, Gladstone, MO 64119.