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Wanda S. Hembree, 91, of Coloma, passed away peacefully at The Timbers of Cass County on Dec. 23, 2021.

Cremation has taken place. Graveside burial of Wanda’s ashes will take place 11 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 30 in Coloma Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the North Berrien Senior Center or the charity of donor’s choice. Those wishing to leave an online message of remembrance may do so at

Wanda was born July 19, 1930 in Benton Harbor to Walter and Beulah (Slenken) Koerber. On Feb. 4, 1950 she married James Hembree. Together they worked hand in hand as best friends, owning and operating Hembree Welding and Machining, and Hembree Trailer Sales in Coloma until their retirement in 1996. She was also formerly employed by Fidelity Insurance and Whirlpool Corp.

She truly enjoyed spending time with all of her family while baking and cooking for the holidays or just family get-togethers. She also enjoyed crocheting, doing word books, reading and dinners out with her family and friends. Many of her fondest memories were taking walks in Florida with friends and dancing with Jim on Saturday nights to live music.

Survivors include one son Mark Hembree of Watervliet; two grandchildren Sarah (Kyle) McKamey and Marc Alan Hembree; several great-grandchildren, and numerous nieces and nephews. Also surviving is a special niece Karen Hiler, good friends Char Robinson and Kelly Disbrow, and special neighbors Teresa, Josh, and Jessie Ray.

She was preceded in death by her husband Jim, a son Kim, granddaughter Krista, and her sisters, Verda DeRosa and Genevieve Hiler.


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