Death – Wanda Inez Weld Obituary – The Hawk Eye

Death – Obituary

Elliott Chapel, New London

Wanda Inez Weld, 96, of Burlington, died Friday, December 24, 2021 at the Klein Center, West Burlington. She was born October 19, 1925 in Portia, Arkansas to Lawrence and Lacy Gertrude Mitchell King. On October 27, 1945 she married John E. Weld in Hernandez, Mississippi; he died July 19, 2000.

She worked as a supervisor of electronic components at IRC/TRW in Burlington for many years. She was a member of Grace United Methodist Church where she did volunteer work, enjoyed playing pinochle and bingo, line dancing, bowling, was an avid reader and she and John enjoyed wintering in Texas.

Survivors include two children, Patricia A. Weld of Burlington and James E. (Sandra) Weld of Franklin, New Hampshire; two grandchildren Jessica and Brandon; four great-grandchildren, Emily, Haley, Brady, and Logan; one half-sister Mary Ann Smiley of Olive Branch, Mississippi; nieces and nephews. Besides her husband and parents, she was preceded in death by two brothers and three sisters.

The funeral service for Mrs. Weld will be at 1:00 PM Wednesday, December 29, 2021 at Elliott Chapel, New London with Pastor Dean Graber officiating. The family will greet friends one hour prior to the service; masks are required. Burial will follow at Aspen Grove Cemetery, Burlington. In lieu of flowers a memorial has been established for Grace United Methodist. Online condolences may be left at

Posted online on December 28, 2021

Published in The Hawk Eye

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What Is An Obituary

In national newspapers an obituary (obit for short) is a news article that reports the recent death of a prominent person. Although it tends to focus on positive aspects of the subject’s life this is not always the case. According to Nigel Farndale, the Obituaries Editor of The Times: “Obits should be life affirming rather than gloomy, but they should also be opinionated, leaving the reader with a strong sense of whether the subject lived a good life or bad; whether they were right or wrong in the handling of their public affairs.”

In local newspapers, an obituary may be published for any local resident upon death. A necrology is a register or list of records of the deaths of people related to a particular organization, group or field, which may only contain the sparsest details, or small obituaries. Historical necrologies can be important sources of information.