Alma A.L. Baker Wagner 1914 - 2006 Richmond
Services for Alma A.L. Baker Wagner, 91, Richmond, will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday at Richmond United Methodist Community Church, Richmond. Burial will follow in Richmond Cemetery.Mrs. Wagner died Sunday, Oct. 29, 2006, at Ottawa Retirement Village in Ottawa.She was born Dec. 28, 1914, near Falls City, Neb., the daughter of P.A.W. and Emma K. Zimmerman Becker. She grew up in Hartford and graduated from Hartford High School in 1932. She attended Emporia State Teachers College. She graduated from Kansas State University in 1942 with a degree in home economics. Mrs. Wagner taught at schools in Lyon and Chase counties and was a home demonstration agent in Miami County for four years. She and her husband lived and farmed on land near Richmond that had been in the family since 1910. She also was a substitute teacher in several area schools for 23 years. She promoted the Extension service concept for lifelong learning. She was a club and project leader for Berea Boosters 4-H Club for more than 40 years. She taught with the Richmond Home Demonstration Unit, later called Senior Women's group. She was a member of Fortnightly Club, Zig Zag Club, LOAF at Faith Lutheran Church and other groups.Mrs. Wagner judged home economics exhibits at many county fairs and the Kansas State Fair and recently was honored as a Richmond Fair parade marshal for her years of 4-H leadership.She married Raymond Wagner on March 30, 1947, in Emporia. He died in July 1998.She also was preceded in death by four brothers, Edward, Hugo, Ernest and William Becker, and a sister, Henrietta Becker.Survivors include two sons, Richard Wagner and wife Juliana, Massillon, Ohio, and Robert Wagner, Lawrence; two daughters, Janice Collins and husband Mike, Garden City, and Rebecca Wentzel and husband Bron, Watertown, Wis.; eight grandchildren, Brian and Erin Collins, Sarah Collins Coons, Heather and Rachelle Wagner, and Anna, Mary and Cara Wentzel.The family will receive friends from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. today at Lamb-Roberts Funeral Home in Ottawa.The family suggests memorials to Faith Lutheran Church in Ottawa, Richmond United Methodist Community Church, Kansas 4-H Foundation or Midland Hospice Care, sent in care of the funeral home, P.O. Box 14, Ottawa 66067.