Funeral Service Saturday 10:30am November 19, 2022, at the Friend Christian Assembly Church, Friend, NE.
Visitation Friday November 18, 2022 1:00 to 4:00pm at Lauber Funeral and Cremations Services, Friend, NE, and 5:00 to 7:00pm with the family present at the Friend Christian Assembly Church.
Internment following service, Andrew Cemetery, Friend, NE.
Wanda Leona Blackburn Segner of Friend, Nebraska was welcomed into the arms of Jesus on Monday, November 14, 2022, at Tabitha the Gardens in Crete. She was surrounded by family singing, sharing, and praying with her on Sunday afternoon.
Wanda was born on July 8, 1930, to Ira and Hattie (Martin) Blackburn in Bayard, NE. Wanda graduated from Bayard High School in 1948. Wanda’s interest has always been working with kids and adults sharing her faith with them. Wanda worked with Child Evangelism Fellowship in Omaha, Moody Bible Institute in Chicago., IL, and an Optometrist office in Denver, CO.
She met the love of her life, Matt Segner, JR while living with Matt’s cousin in Omaha. They were married January 23, 1965, in Bethany Baptist Church in Omaha, NE and were able to celebrate their 50th anniversary before Matt’s passing in September of 2015. Wanda was a devoted wife, mother, and grandmother. She opened their home to many missionaries, friends, and family, always with a home cooked meal. She enjoyed baking pies, cookies with her grandsons and always was there to support her grandkids in their school activities. She volunteered at church with Bible school, Sunday school, and taught five-day clubs, always sharing the love of Jesus with everyone she met. During her time at Tabitha the Gardens Crete, she was welcoming, encouraging, and kind to all residents, always helping the new residents. She enjoyed quilting, gardening, playing Dominos, Uno, Scrabble, and spending time with her family whom she loved deeply.
Throughout the years Wanda was an active member of several community churches, Friend Bible Church, Calvary Bible Church in Henderson, Arbor Drive Church, York, Friend Christian Assembly Church in Friend. She attended the last seven years at Cornerstone Church in Crete.
Wanda is survived by her children, Ruby and Randy Deunk of Cortland, NE, Paul and Deb Segner of Friend, NE. Her “five boys” (grandsons) and families, Jared and Morgan Segner and Kamden, and great grandbaby Segner arriving April 2023, of Cordova, NE, Brandon and Emily Deunk of Cortland, David and Melissa Segner, Scarlett and Noah of Friend, NE, Aaron Deunk and fiancé Faith Hrnchir of Cortland, NE, Darren Senger and fiancé Miranda Hornung of Cordova, NE. She was also Grandma Wanda to foreign exchange grandsons, Cameron Fairless (New Zealand) Moritz Imgruth (Switzerland), Paul Mischker (Germany), Max Gschwandtner (Austria), and Joran Teijema (Netherlands) who hold a special piece of her heart. Nieces, nephews, and remaining cousins were a special part of her life.
She is preceded in death by her husband, Matthew John Segner JR, brother Ronald Blackburn, sisters-in-law, Dorelda Blackburn, Glorian Blackburn, sister, Margaret Blackburn Ellis, brother-in-law, Harold Ellis, parents, Ira and Hattie Blackburn, parents-in-law, Matthew and Annie Segner, SR.
Special thanks to Tabitha the Gardens staff, HoriSun Hospice staff, and special friends at Cornerstone Bible Church for the past seven years, with appreciation of your care during our journey.
Memorials designation to the missions and Christian organizations.