OBERLIN -- Irene Wilma (Hardman) Wagner, 98 years old, died on Wednesday, (June 14, 2006) at Good Samaritan Center in Oberlin, where she was loved and cared for.
She was born Oct. 21, 1907, to William and Gertrude (Hutton) Hardman, in a sod house seven mile northwest of Hill City, Kan. Her first year of school was at Hill City, until her parents moved to Indiana Township in Grahm County near Lenora, Kan. She attended South Star and Praire Dell schools and graduated from Lenora Grade Scool. She then graduated from Lenora High School with a normal training certificate for teaching grade school. She taught school in Zohner Country School, the North Star School and Champion Hill School near Logan, Kan.
On May 11, 1928, she married Floyd Wagoner and lived on the former Edwards Wagoner Farm in Indiana Township for 15 years before they bought a farm three mile north of Lenora in 1943.
She was a member of the Congregational Church, now known as United Parish in Lenora, where she was very active, especially with the youth fellowship group. She was a leader of 4-H?groups in both sewing and cooking. She was a member of the Order of Eastern Star, Chapter No. 296, The Federated Women's Club, Portia Club, president for many years of Norton China Painting Club and enjoyed making many quilts and a variety of handy work projects. She was an avid collector of antiques. She loved working in her yard and had a big garden until 2002.
In 1951, Irene and Floyd bought the Lenora Drug Store and sold it in 1965 due to Floyd's bad health. After his death in 1967, she moved to Norton in 1968, where she worked at Brown's clothing store and other various businesses until she retired at 70. She then traveled many tours in the '70s and '80s in most all states, five countries of Europe and all of Canada. Irene moved to the Good Samaritan Center in Oberlin in May 2004.
Preceding her in death were her husband, in 1967; her parents; two sisters, Zelma Bjerkseth and Erma Delp; and one brother, Howard Hardman.
Survivors include two daughters, Joy Kronenberg of Springfield, Ill., and Elda Youngs and husband, Darrel Youngs of McCook; five grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; and two great-great grandchildren; and a sister-in-law, Lois Hardman of Murray, Utah; other relatives and friends.
A memorial will be established in her name.
Services will be Monday, June 19, at 10 or 10:30 a.m. at the United Parish Curch in Lenora, with the Rev. Jack Kersenbrook officiating. Burial will be in the Lenora South Cemetery.
Arrrangements by Enfield Funeral Home of Norton, Kan.