Wanda Alsup, 75, of Twin Falls, died Sunday, April 21, 2019, at St. Luke's Magic Valley Medical Center, Twin Falls.
Wanda Lynn Alsup was born on September 5, 1943, to Andrew and Mardell Lessenden in Kirksville, MO.
She was the second of three daughters. The family lived for a time in Kansas and Missouri but eventually moved to Laramie, WY where she attended school. A member of the 1961 Laramie High School graduating class, Wanda had been active in both Future Teachers of America and the Future Business Leaders of America. Following graduation, she did office work for a local trucking firm but was then hired by her future husband as a cashier for City Finance Co.
On March 30th, 1963 she married Pat Alsup and spent the next several years following him as he progressed up the company ladder, a journey that took them to various locations throughout Montana, Idaho, and Washington. (10 major moves and a number of locations). During this time she held various short time office jobs and while in the Seattle area graduated from Nursing School as an LPN. She then worked at hospitals mostly in critical care areas.
Throughout this period Wanda assumed parenting responsibilities with the birth of two baby boys. With a husband who was now traveling, she managed her employments, more relocations, and motherhood with great expertise. Pat’s traveling jobs ended with a transfer to Twin Falls Idaho where they resided for 19 years. It was there that she took on the greatest employment challenge of her career as she and Pat purchased a struggling independent telephone directory. As president of Upper Valley Phone Books, she worked countless hours doing some sales, all of the ad displays, accounting, payrolls, and typesetting. After ten years of 100 hour weeks, Pat and Wanda sold a then successful business and started to slow down a bit.
When the boys completed high school, Pat and Wanda began to play a bit. For several years they traveled locally and into Arizona. They also did a stint of full time RVing where they saw much of the United States and parts of Canada. She and Pat also became Certified Bob Ross painting instructors with Wanda specializing in florals. To her last day, she loved to paint and was developing skills with colored pencils. She was an active member of the Magic Valley Art Guild.
Snowbird excursions south ultimately resulted in their moving full time to Apache Junction, AZ where they resided for 14 years. Just over four years ago they moved back to Twin Falls to spend their remaining years closer to the two boys. She had been in relatively good health, and it was an unexpected event that quickly took her life.
Wanda is survived by her husband, Pat; sister, Judith Shaw of Sheridan, Wyoming and her two sons, Mark Alsup of Boise and Steve Alsup of Twin Falls. There are also a number of cousins, nieces, nephews and her two brother-in-laws all of whom were stunned by Wanda’s untimely death.
Wanda was preceded in death by her parents and younger sister, Andrea Kern of Laramie. WY.
If any family or friends are considering sending flowers to the home, the family knows Wanda would prefer instead that you donate in her name to Magic Valley Arts Council, 195 River Vista Place, Twin Falls, Idaho 83301. These funds can then go towards a worthy art project in her name.
"Wanda has been cremated, and a scattering of her cremated remains is planned. A Celebration of Life will be held at 1:00 p.m., Friday, June 28, 2019, at Serenity Funeral Chapel, Twin Falls. As per Wanda’s directive it will be a casual affair focusing on the joy her life added to those she left behind. Food will be a buffet style with dishes provided by her local friends. Libations are permitted but not provided. Hours: 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
On Saturday, June 29th there will be a scattering of her cremains at Galena Summit, followed by a non-hosted lunch in the Sun Valley area. All who wish to attend are welcome.
Cremation is under the direction of Serenity Funeral Chapel Life Celebration Center and Cremation Services of Idaho, Twin Falls. Condolences may be shared at www.serenityfuneralchapel.com."
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