Wendella Faye (Matheson) Axelson, 82, of Plainville, Kansas and formerly of Natoma, Kansas, passed away Monday, September 5, 2016 at the Red Bud Village in Plainville.

Wendella was born August 4, 1934 in Natoma, one of six children born to Frank A. and Prudence Ione (Harsh) Matheson.  She grew up and attended schools in Natoma.

Wendella was united in marriage to John William Axelson on November 3, 1950 in Natoma.  This union was blessed with three children; Pam, Kathy and Kevin.  They made their home in the Natoma area.  John preceded her in death on February 7, 2000.

Wendella was a devoted wife and homemaker.  She was the Mayor of Natoma for over 17 years.  She was a member of the First Southern Baptist Church of Plainville.  She also belonged to the Community Center Board, the Natoma Self Culture, Heritage Seekers and sponsored Golden Friendship Club.  She enjoyed reading, oil painting and fishing in her spare time.

Surviving family include her daughters, Pam Launchbaugh( Jon) of Pratt, Kansas and Kathy Axelson of Mission, Kansas; sisters, Naomi Krug (Norman) of  Salina, Kansas, Judy Hillman of Olathe, Kansas, and Joan Usher (Jim) of Salina, Kansas; seven grandchildren, Mikel McLellan, Dana Shultz, Megan Beisner, Morgan Axelson, Andrea Hottovy, Zach Axelson and Carson Launchbaugh; and great grandchildren, Connor Beisner, Owen Beisner, Spencer Axelson, Cameron Hottovy and Chloe Hottovy.  She was preceded in death by her parents, husband John, son Kevin Axelson, sister Ann Hale and brother Wayne Matheson.

Celebration of Wendella’s Life will be held at 11:00 AM Friday, September 9, 2016 at the First Southern Baptist Church of Plainville.  Burial will follow at the Natoma City Cemetery in Natoma.  Visitation will be Noon to 8:00 PM Thursday, September 8, 2016 at Pohlman-Varner-Peeler Mortuary in Russell and then from 9:00 AM to Service Time at the church on Friday.  Memorials have been established with the First Southern Baptist Church or the Natoma Community Center.  Contributions and condolences may be sent to Pohlman-Varner-Peeler Mortuary, who is in charge of these arrangements.


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