Thayer, Wanda M. 1926-2013

East Liverpool Review
Saturday, May 18, 2013

GREENFIELD, Ind. – Wanda M. Thayer, 86, formerly of Adler Street, East Liverpool, died Friday morning, May 17, 2013, at Hancock Regional Hospital in Greenfield, Ind., following a lengthy illness.

Born in East Liverpool on Aug. 27, 1926, Mrs. Thayer was a daughter of the late George and Florence Talbott McGaffic.

She was a 1944 graduate of East Liverpool High School and a 1947 graduate of the East Liverpool City Hospital School of Nursing. Following nursing school, Mrs. Thayer spent her entire career as a registered nurse in the OB Department at East Liverpool City Hospital.

A Methodist by faith, she was a member of Boyce United Methodist Church in East Liverpool and had also attended the Collins United Methodist Church in Collins, Ohio, and the Otterbein United Methodist Church in Indianapolis, Ind.

Wanda, and her husband, Robert C. Thayer, were married Sept. 8, 1950, in East Liverpool. He preceded her in death on Oct. 17, 2006.

Survivors include two daughters, Barbara and her husband, Dr. Robert Keeley, of Roanoke, Va., and Janet and her husband, Rev. Carl Fannin, of Greenfield, Ind.; two sons, Robert C. Thayer and his wife, Linda, of Wellington, Ohio, and Thomas G. Thayer of Hiram, Ga.

Also surviving are 10 grandchildren: Allison Keeley, Elizabeth Keeley, Meredith Keeley, Amy Poorbaugh and her husband Josh, SSgt. Joshua Fannin USMC and his wife Kelly, Kellen Thayer, Molly Thayer, Abigail Thayer, Bobby Thayer and his wife Becky and Rachel Thayer, along with five great-grandchildren: Ethan Poorbaugh, Katherine Poorbaugh, Carlee Poorbaugh, Jacob Thayer and Zoe Fannin due to be born in June.

A sister, Lynn DeLong and her husband, Larry, of East Liverpool, also survives.

Preceding her in death were two sisters, Thelma Stanley and Jean DeLong, and a brother in infancy, Harry L. McGaffic.

Services are planned for 11 a.m. Monday at the Dawson Funeral Home with Rev. Rick Dawson of Boyce United Methodist Church, and Rev. Doug George of the First United Methodist Church of Salem, officiating. Friends may visit Sunday from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. at the funeral home.

Burial will be in Calcutta United Presbyterian Church Cemetery.

Following the services, family and friends will gather at Boyce United Methodist Church.

View Mrs. Thayer’s memorial website at
Contributed by Jackson Edward Wilson