Wanda L. “Jean” Drees, 90, of St. Marys, died at 5:06 p.m. Monday, Sept. 12, 2011, at Joint Township District Memorial Hospital in St. Marys.
She was born on Aug. 14, 1921, in Washington Township, Auglaize County, the daughter of Harve and Pearl (Fryer) Russell, and they preceded her in death.
In 1939, she married Clarence “Shorty” Meyers, and he preceded her in death on Aug. 25, 1975. On Dec. 29, 1990, she married Henry B. Drees, and he survives in St. Marys.
She is also survived by two daughters, Wanda (James) Schumann of Keene, N.H., and Victoria Hitchen of St. Marys; three stepdaughters, Madonna (Anthony) Gigandet of Bellbrook, Mary (James) Schulze of Lewis Center and Marilyn (Harold) Grieshop of Celina; five grandchildren; nine stepgrandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; one great-stepgrandchild; two great-great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by five siblings, Edith Hindenlang, Deloris Schmitt Wendall, Marcille Bowsher and Lucille Shaffer (twins) and Robert Russell.
Jean worked various jobs outside the home and worked hard her whole life. She was a member of St. Mark’s Lutheran Church in Wapakoneta. She was also a member of the American Legion and Veterans of Foreign Wars auxiliaries.
Private services will be held at Resthaven Memory Gardens near Moulton, with the Rev. Mark Bauer officiating. There will be no public visitation. Arrangements are being conducted by the Bayliff and Eley Funeral Home in Wapakoneta, where condolences may be expressed at Bayliffandeleyfh.com.