Wanda Sue Sharp, 79, of Hannibal, Mo., passed away at 1:20 a.m. Monday, Oct. 12, 2015, at Willow Care Center in Hannibal.

Wanda Sue Sharp, 79, of Hannibal, Mo., passed away at 1:20 a.m. Monday, Oct. 12, 2015, at Willow Care Center in Hannibal. 

Funeral services will be at 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct.15, 2015, at James O'Donnell Funeral Home in Hannibal.  Father Mike Quinn will officiate.

Friends and family are invited to Wanda's Life Celebration at a visitation from 5 p.m.to 7 p.m. Thursday, October 15, 2015, at the James O'Donnell Funeral Home. Wanda was a longtime supporter of Hannibal High School Athletics. In recognition of her passion for the Pirates, the family encourages those attending Wanda’s celebration to wear black and red.

Mrs. Sharp was born July 21, 1936, in Hannibal, Mo., to George C. and Leona E. Brannon Ballinger.

She was married to Donald D. Sharp on Dec. 20, 1969, in Hannibal, Mo. He preceded her in death Nov. 27, 2011.

Survivors include two children, Cheryl Henderson (Greg) of Hannibal, Mo., and Corkey Gilbert (Shari) of Saverton, Mo.; two stepchildren, Judi Hirst (Ron) of Otterville, Mo., and Mick Sharp of Dolonaga, Ga.; one brother, Buzz Ballinger (Gerry) of Hannibal, Mo.; nine grandchildren; several great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren. She is also survived by her nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents.

Many will remember Wanda from her days as an attendance secretary for Hannibal High School for over 24 years. While firm, Wanda was well-respected by students and staff. Years later many students expressed their appreciation for Wanda’s encouragement during their school years. 

Wanda and her late husband, Donald, were strong supporters of Hannibal High School athletics, attending numerous Pirate games over the years. When she was unable to go to the games Wanda would faithfully follow the Pirates on the radio.

In her younger years, Wanda was a talented dancer. She competed in a variety of dance genres, including tap.

Wanda was a caring person that loved to spend time with her family. She cared for others as well, devoting time to become a certified advocate for CASA. She was also a tenacious fighter and a breast cancer survivor. 

She was a member of the Emmette J. Shields American Legion Post No. 55 Women's Auxiliary and the Women of the Moose. Wanda was a Catholic by faith.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Northeast Missouri Humane Society, Hannibal High School Booster Club or the donor's choice, in care of the James O'Donnell Funeral Home.

Online condolences may be made and video tribute viewed at www.jamesodonnellfuneralhome.com