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Wanda Allgood, age 97, of Joplin, Mo., passed away on Thursday, October 26, 2017, at the Communities of Wildwood, following an illness.
Wanda was born on January 20, 1920, in Atchison, Kan., the daughter of the late William and Lela (Carson) Koppa. She graduated from Atchison High School.
She married Tommy Allgood on July 9, 1938. Because of her husband's 25-year Army career, they lived in multiple places in the United States, and also abroad, in Germany and Japan. They moved to Joplin in 1956 after his retirement.
Wanda was in the 2nd licensed practical nursing class at Franklin Technical School. She worked many years as a LPN for Freeman Hospital, Dr. Juliette Eliscu, Oak Hill Hospital, Jane Chinn Hospital and Spring River Christian Village. She also worked for Mason-Woodard Mortuary, Precious Moments, AFBC as a cook, and as a babysitter.
Wanda was a member of Southside Apostolic Faith Church. She was a very active church member. She was one of the founding members and the first president of the Surviving Spouses. She will be remembered as a very kind and happy person.
She is survived by her daughter and son-in-law, Karen and Dennie Oakes, Joplin; four granddaughters, Carla Wilson and husband, Dwight, Tamara Dorris and husband, Joel, Valerie Fleming and Vanessa Harris and husband, Seldon; 17 great-grandchildren; and 14 great-great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, Tommy Allgood, in 1975; an infant son, Ronnie Allgood, in 1939; a granddaughter, Lisa Dorris, in 1990; a great-grandson, John Isaac Fleming, in 2014; and two brothers, Herbert Koppa and Karl Koppa.
Funeral services will be 1 p.m. Monday at Southside Apostolic Faith Church, in Joplin. Grandsons-in-law, Dwight Wilson, Joel Dorris, and Seldon Harris will officiate. Burial will be in G.A.R. Cemetery, in Miami, Okla. The pallbearers will be her great-grandsons.
Memorial contributions may be given to the Apostolic Faith Bible College, in care of the mortuary.
Arrangements are under the direction of Mason-Woodard Mortuary & Crematory.
Published on October 28, 2017
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