Laniece Janette Wagner of Lonedell, MO, departed this life in Town & Country, MO, on January 8, 2020, having reached the age of fifty-four years, one month and eight days. Laniece was born in St. Louis, MO, on November 30, 1965, daughter of Leonard Allen Ely and Marian Sue Ely nee Marks. On October 22, 1988, she was united in marriage to Wayne Todd Wagner and three children came to bless this union.
Laniece is survived by her husband, Wayne Wagner of Lonedell, MO; by her son, John Wayne Wagner of Lonedell; by her daughters, Katy Shoults and husband, Derek, of Columbia, MO and Nora Doorack and husband, Andy, of Lonedell; by her grandchildren, Jaxson and Fletcher Doorack, both of Lonedell; by her mother, Marian Rudd of St. Clair, MO; by her parents-in-law, Melvin and Kay Wagner of Lonedell; by her brother, Lon Ely and wife, Gay, of St. Clair; by her step-mother, Connie Ely of St. Clair; by aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, great-nieces and nephews, cousins and many friends.
Laniece was preceded in death by her father, Leonard Ely.
Laniece was a Christian and had mostly visited Oak Grove Baptist Church in Lonedell, MO. She furthered her education early in life obtaining a Masters Degree in Early Childhood Education. She began her teaching career at the elementary school in Strain-Japan. She went on to teach at Lonedell R-14 elementary for about five years. She then advanced to the position of a college professor and talk elementary education at Jefferson College in Hillsboro, MO, retiring after fifteen years. She was a member of the Missouri Retired Teachers Association. Laniece had a passion for riding and raising horses, which developed at a young age. She was a past member of St. Clair Saddle Club, where she had been active in her youth. In younger years, she had enjoyed barrel racing and going to horse shows. In recent years, she spent a lot of time trail riding. She enjoyed the time she spent with her family and friends. Her children and grandchildren held a very special place in her heart, as she did in their hearts, and she cherished the time spent with them and enjoyed babysitting her grandchildren.
A kind and loving wife, mother, mother-in-law, grandmother, daughter, daughter-in-law, step-daughter, niece, aunt, great-aunt, cousin and treasured friend, she will be sadly missed and lovingly remembered by all who knew and loved her.
Memorial visitation was held from 4:00 to 8:00 PM Monday, January 20, 2020, at Russell Colonial Funeral Home in St. Clair, MO. A private committal will take place at a later date at Oak Grove Cemetery, Lonedell, MO. Memorials may be made to Oak Grove Cemetery Fund, Lonedell, MO.