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Wanda Fay Stewart

November 11, 1933 ~ July 8, 2018 (age 84)

LA CENTER, KY -- On Sunday July 8, 2018, Wanda Fay Henley Stewart at age 84 finished fulfilling God's plan as a wife and mother. Fay was born to Gertrude and James Dalton Henley in Arlington, Kentucky on Nov. 11, 1933. She met the love of her life Gene Allen Stewart of Wickliffe, Kentucky in 1952 and they married in 1954 in Detroit, Michigan. Fay first worked at a bank in Detroit. After marriage she became a teller at the NCB bank in Washington D.C. where she was responsible for helping Vice President Alben Barkley keep his bank account balanced. The couple moved from Washington, D.C. back to their grassroots Kentucky homeland in 1969. Fay worked as the bookkeeper for Graves Brothers Plumbing in La Center, and Fay and Gene later opened and operated La Center Builders. Fay had a keen wit and enjoyed interacting with folks. She also took delight and satisfaction in cooking for family. When Gene one night upon downing dinner provided something of a verbal 1-star review, Fay gave the shocked wanna-be food critic an impromptu glass-of-milk shower. Three of her children cried; one laughed uncontrollably. Gene literally soaked it all in, wiser knowing not to bite the hand that fed him. In the eyes and the hearts of the souls close to her, Fay was a wonderful woman that was loved, will be missed, and will be cherished. She had a generous spirit and a good sense of humor. Fay is survived by daughter Karen Hargrove (Bruce) of La Center, son Kevin Stewart of Paducah, daughter Kimberlee Copeland (Jeff) of Draffenville, brother Jimmy Henley (Nancy) of Bardwell, sister Phyllis Cornish (Joe) of Michigan, and brother John Wilhoite (Freida) of Michigan. Fay is also survived by grandchildren Molly, Emily and Katey Hargrove of La Center; Conner Copeland of La Center; and Haley Lilly (Chris) of Draffenville. Fay has one great-grandchild - Katey's son Kameron Stewart Cain. Gene proceeded Fay in death in 2015 after 60 years of marriage. They lived for 43 years in the same two-brick house built in 1918 on the corner of Fourth and Broadway in La Center. The couple also lost an effervescent, personable, loving, smart and wise-for-her-age daughter, Kerrie Fay, in 1983 at age 21. This forever caused sorrow. Also preceding were her mother (Gertrude) and father (James), and step-father Jimmy Wilhoite. Funeral services for Fay are 1 p.m. Thursday July 12 at Morrow Funeral Chapel in La Center with the Brother Lance Cordle officiating. Internment follows at Barlow Cemetery. Visitation is Wednesday from 5 to 8 p.m. and Thursday from 11 a.m. until funeral time. Donations may be made to the Kerrie Fay Stewart Memorial Scholarship Fund No.1, which helps a Ballard Memorial graduating senior pay tuition to Western Kentucky University. The fund's address is: College Heights Foundation,1906 College Heights Blvd. # 41016, Bowling Green, KY 42101. Condolences may be left for the family at www.morrowfuneralchapel.com.

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