NIANTIC -- Wanda Alyce Ricketts Conner, 81, of Niantic, IL, passed away Sunday, May 5, 2019, at home after a long illness.

Wanda graduated from Monticello High School in 1957 and then attended Mr. Johns School of Cosmetology in Decatur. Wanda worked out of her home for years in Monticello as a hairdresser.

She is survived by her husband of 37 years, Gerald “Gerry” E. Conner; sons: Jack (Janet) Conner of Mountain Home, AR, and Todd (Crystal) Alexander of Monticello, IL; grandchildren: Tara, JD, Jill, Ty and Ethan; five great grandchildren and brother, John Ricketts of Mobile, AL.

Wanda was preceded in death by her parents: Max and Martha Ricketts and Ted and Lucille Grabbe; sisters: Carol, Brenda and Janet.

Wanda enjoyed sewing, gardening and collecting rocks to share with her grandkids.

A celebration of life will be held from 2 to 4 pm, Saturday, May 18, 2019, at the Niantic Fire Department, Niantic, IL. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Niantic Fire Department.

Arrangements by Graceland/Fairlawn Funeral Home and Cremation Center, 2091 N. Oakland Avenue, Decatur, IL 62526. Condolences and memories may be shared at www.gracelandfairlawn.com.

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