Bremerton, WA – Waunita Johnephine Galllagher, 85, passed away on Tuesday, January 19, 2021 after a downturn on October 31st following a third stroke and worsening vascular dementia.
Waunita was born on Thursday, May 23, 1935 in Udall, KS to John Tillman and Esther Dewdrop (Wood) Tillman. She was the youngest of three children, the eldest was Kenneth Wood whom preceded her in death and is survived by her sister Mary Ann Vidrickson. Waunita attended East High in Wichita. She married Robert Michael (Mike) Gallagher on June 26, 1953 following her High School graduation.
During High School she was awarded a chance for some extra art instruction and took Silver Smithing, as well as other art classes. She continued with her art throughout her life and was an accomplished Landscape Artist, whose paintings we will treasure. Waunita also loved to garden and had flower and shrubbery gardens around the entire perimeter of the house as well as a birdbath garden area. She also had extra landscape embellishments around the home property.
She had three children. Her daughter Brenda DeAnne Gallagher, 4/14/1954-9/11/1988. Brenda was a gentle soul with a Master's Degree in Early Childhood Education. Mom will rest next to her at Kuster Cemetery. Her son Michael Mark Gallagher was born Jan 31, 1956 and retired three years ago after many years as the foreman of Shop 26 where his father had also worked for a quarter of a century, after rough-necking for Cities Service for 16 years in Kansas. Mike's wife is Patricia Gallagher, they have been married for 32 years. Their children are Alice May Gallagher, a paralegal secretary for a law firm in Seattle, with a Bachelor's Degree and Jessica Hope Gallagher, who is a naturopathic health consultant while finishing her Environmental Sciences Degree. Her daughter Maureen Gallagher Cox is the youngest, born on June 20, 1968 and residing in Belfair, Washington while working at St. Michael's Medical Center in the Recovery Room. Her children are Shannon, a nurse currently fulfilling a travel assignment, Sarah Rose Cox, a school bus driver and wonderful mother much like her grandmother to Harper Rose Kasch. The youngest is Seth Cox, who is still at home and pursuing his prerequisites for a dental hygienist program.
Waunita (Nita) and Mike have been married for 67and a half years. He says she was created for him and he for her. He felt like he always had the best looking wife wherever he went, and that never changed the entire time they were married as far as he was concerned. Mike maintained a close watch over her during her decline and remained at her side up until her passing.
Waunita loved her God, her husband and her children. She attended Bible Study Fellowship even after her first stroke and I believe her prayers were a benefit to her family and friends. Waunita was steadfast, caring, devoted but never a meddler or too critical. She was full of praise for her children and said it was okay to brag about your children. What a blessing to have the love of one so sweet, good and kind. We will miss her but know that she is in a better place and once again whole, with her Lord Jesus Christ and those who have gone before her.
Love Always, the family.
Funeral services will be Saturday,January 23rd. at 2 p.m. at the Dunsford Funeral Home in Augusta. Burial will follow at Kuster Cemetery also in Augusta.
The family wishes Memorial Contributions be made out to the Salvation Army, left in care of the Dunsford Funeral Home.
Dunsford Funeral Home & Crematory, 201 East Fifth, Augusta, Kansas 67010, 316 775-6363, www.dunsfordfh.com
Posted online on January 23, 2021