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Wanda (West) Pitts Dunsworth

12-05-1932 to 11-15-2019


Linn County News

Published Nov. 20, 2019


Wanda (West) Pitts Dunsworth was born Dec. 5, 1932, at Farlinville, Kan., to Howard and Beulah (Holt) West. She was the fifth of six children born at her parents’ farm home.

She attended grade school at Farlinville and graduated in 1946. She attended freshman year at Mound City High School.

On Aug. 4, 1947, Wanda married James Arthur Pitts. They lived in western Kansas where Jim worked building new REA lines for Reese Construction Co. They eventually moved back to Linn County where they farmed for 30 years. They were the parents of four children: three daughters, Joyce, Janet and Julie; and one son, James H.

After her children were all in school, Wanda attended cosmetology school at Iola, Kan. She owned and operated her beauty shop for 25 years.

Her husband, James, died Dec. 24, 1977.

On July 7, 1978, Wanda married Harley Elbert Dunsworth. He preceded her in death on Nov. 1, 2011.

Wanda was preceded in death by her two husbands; one son, James H. Pitts, on Jan. 20, 1978; one daughter, Julie G. Green, on May 4, 2003; two brothers; and two sisters.

Survivors include two daughters, Joyce (Terry) Crump and Janet Kerr; 11 grandchildren, James Brown, Darrin Brown, Denese (Charles) Bright, J.R. Kerr, Jenniffer Marrs and fiancé Keith Jones, Jacklyn (Younes) Kerr, Jacob (Samantha) Hall, Joshua (Danielle) Hall, Josie (Albert) Welch, Jim Green and William (Emilie) Green; 25 great grandchildren; and one sister, Mary Sue Gentry.

A graveside service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 30, 2019, at Woodland Cemetery, Mound City, Kan.


The family suggests contributions to Concern, Inc., in care of Schneider Funeral Home & Crematory, P.O. Box J, Mound City, KS 66056. Family and friends may leave online condolences at



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