Music 09

Eunice Winona Wagner

February 19, 1924 ~ May 10, 2021 (age 97)


Heaven has gained a new angel. Eunice Winona Wagner of Newboro, Ontario Canada left this earth on May 10th, 2021 in Florence, SC, exactly twenty-three years to the date of her husband’s passing, the late John G. Wagner, PhD. Eunie’s DOB was February 19th of 1924. Eunice was a proud Canadian, the youngest of ten children. Her parents were Watson Wallace Kelsey and Jennie Coon Kelsey.

In Ottawa, Canada, leaving home at the age of 16, Eunice and her sister Ruthie pursued their love of music by playing the guitar and singing in a band.   Eunice went on to work in the Parliament Building for the Canadian Government. She soon met her future husband John, at a post-World War II dance and would work to support her and John as he earned his undergraduate and doctorate degrees in pharmacy.  

Family was so important to her and she focused as a full time mother to her two “girlies” and is survived by her oldest daughter, Wendie (and Al Fisher) of Washington, UT. Grandson Andrew (and Jessica Fisher) of Dublin, OH, Granddaughter Kelsey (and Jade Bluemel) of Washington, UT.  Eunice has two great grandchildren, Oakley and Baylor Bluemel.  Her youngest daughter is Linda (and Fred Seiss) of Florence, SC, her grandson Zach Seiss of Florence, SC and granddaughter Holly Seiss of Columbia, SC.

Eunie loved to laugh, dance, whistle and listen to music. Eunice’s interests included singing with the Sweet Adelines, playing the piano by ear, sewing and doing needlework. She displayed humor by claiming to be a good “hooker” as she was in fact, a remarkable punch rug hooker. Being highly supportive of all her grands, Eunice encourage all with supportive feedback, positive reinforcement and the financial backing to earn their college degrees. She had many original phrases that she loved to use, including “Can’t go back, always look forward, yep always”.  Possessing a sharp wit until the end, Eunice told hospice care nurses to “Hurry and bring my breakfast, or you’ll be bringing it to a corpse”. 

Family members thank Linda, Fred, Zach and Holly Seiss for doing all they could to honor Eunice’s wishes to remain in her home as long as she possibly could. Also supporting this effort were numerous friends and neighbors. Eunie’s family also thanks McLeod Hospice Services for their remarkable care during closing chapter of her life. Over the years, Eunice has built many long lasting friendships. She will be so missed by all her knew her. As her health declined these last few years, Eunie would often say, “I’ve had a good ride”. 

In lieu of flowers, if you would wish to recognize the life of Eunice Winona Wagner, the family has asked for donations to be made at either of these two organization: on line at McLeod Hospice Services at mcleod, or mailed to Florence Little Theater, PO Box 4029, Florence, SC 29502

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