Wandalee Rader, 80, of Parkersburg, WV, passed away Friday, March 26, 2021, at The Willows Nursing Home, Parkersburg.
She was born June 13, 1940, on her Great-Grandfather William B. Morris’ farm, Cokeley Road, near Cantwell (Ritchie County), a daughter of Willis Wade and Opal K. Morris Smith.
She was a descendent of Thomas and Phebe Tucker Cunningham of American frontier fame. Thomas Cunningham was a Revolutionary War soldier and Phebe’s harrowing capture by the Wyandot tribe, her subsequent rescue and return is well known and documented in several historical texts.
Wandalee Smith and Homer Rader were united in marriage on April 15, 1960, in Harrisville, WV. They spent their working years in Norton, OH, and in 2003 retired to Parkersburg.
She was a 1957 graduate of Cairo High School, and served Emerge Ministries, Inc., Akron, OH, as executive secretary to Dr. Dobbins. She also worked as secretary for various churches and executive secretary for B&W in Akron.
She was a member of the First Assembly of God, Springfield, Wadsworth and Barberton, OH, and Parkersburg. She was a gifted musician and loved playing the piano at home and church. Her favorite times were spent playing the piano, entertaining family and friends, and reading.
Left behind to cherish her memory are a son, Christopher (Brenda) Rader of Dallas, GA; daughter, Victoria Rader of Parkersburg; brothers, Alden Neal Smith of Pennsboro, WV, and Roger Dean Smith of Gaston, SC; sister, Marjorie Mahaney of Mineral Wells, WV; sister-in-law and best friend from high school, Deloris Layfield Smith of Cairo, WV; and two special grandsons, Jonathon and Jeremy Rader.
Preceding her in death, in addition to her parents, were her husband, Homer Lee Rader; and brothers, Alvis Wayne Smith, John Paul Smith and Willis Wade Smith, Jr.
A funeral service will be held Wednesday, March 31, 1:00 p.m., at Kimes Funeral Home, 521 Fifth Street, Parkersburg, with the Rev. Brad Puckett officiating. Visitation is one hour prior to the service. Burial will be the following day, Thursday, April 1, 12:00 noon, in Morris Cemetery, Cokeley Road, Cantwell, located on her great-grandfather’s farm, about 1,000 feet from where she was born.