Wanda Elaine Smith Burrow


Wanda Elaine Smith Burrow realized her lifelong dream to be with Jesus on Tuesday, August 9, 2022. “Elaine”, as everyone knew here, was the fourth of eight children born to Marvin and Lizzie Smith in Cold Springs, Oklahoma. A long-time resident of Wichita and most recently of Prairie Village, Kansas, she grew up on a farm, married and moved to Wichita, worked as a “Rosie the Riveter” at the beginning of WWII and earned a degree in elementary education from Wichita State University. She went on to become a teacher in the Wichita school district where she taught elementary school (primarily 4th grade) for 35 years and was the recipient of an excellence in Teaching award in 1967. In February of this year, she celebrated her 100th birthday with family and friends and former students at Tyler Road Baptist Church’s in Wichita KS.  

She was married to her husband, Russell, from 1941 until his death in 2012. They had two children, four grandchildren, five great grandchildren and four great-great grandchildren. All her siblings, her husband and daughter, have been waiting to welcome her to heaven. “When I die hallelujah by and by, I’ll fly away” was the last song she wanted everyone to hear and rejoice that “She’s flown away!” Praise the Lord!


A memorial service will be held at Village Presbyterian Church, 6641 Mission Road Prarie Village, KS 66208, on Saturday August 20 at 11:00 a.m.  This service will be streamed live for all her friends and family to view live or at their convenience.  www.Villagepres.org. Go to:  https://www.villagepres.org/online.html. To view the ceremony live at 11 on Saturday.

Memorial Contributions

Elaine requested that no flowers be sent but she would love it if you chose to contribute to her favorite non-profit organization “Koinonia Senior Care” Their web site is:  www.kscare.org.


  1. Kathy L Bauman on August 17, 2022 at 3:59 pm

    I grew up in Pawnee Ave Church of God where I witnessed her beautiful voice when she sang her heart out for God and all of us. She was one of my Mom’s best friends there as well probably with all the members. I grew to love her even more as I got to know her more personally as an adult. She was truly an inspiration to all of us and what a wonderful world it would be if more people were like her! So many loved ones gone on before us are welcoming her into the kingdom of heaven with open arms! God Bless you Elaine

  2. Harry Simpson on August 17, 2022 at 12:31 pm

    Godspeed Elaine, a long and loving life well lived, and a loving soul that will be dearly missed, and lovingly remembered. Now eternally reunited with her loving Russell, and other family, friends, and loved ones that have gone before.

  3. Becky Ray Eichacker on August 13, 2022 at 10:42 pm

    What a wonderful woman Mrs. Burrow was! She was an inspiration to all that knew and loved her. I often wonder if she realized how much influence she had on us as we were growing up on in the neighborhood. I will always treasure the many fond memories I have of those good times with your Mom. Tim, my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

  4. Christine Brisco on August 12, 2022 at 11:15 am

    Koinonia Senior Care is honored to have served Elaine for many years alongside many friends, especially Michele and Shannon. Elaine continually taught each of us about life, laughter, and how to age with grace, gratitude, and God. Thank you, Elaine, for those lessons! Thank you, Tim, for sharing your mom with us. Thank you for the privilege of enriching her life, pampering her, and serving her until she moved up to Overland Park. Our hearts are grieving, yet grateful as we know she is where she has longed to be for quite some time now. For the Christian, grief and celebration can co-exist. Continued prayers of comfort and peace for you, your family, and extended family, Tim. – Christine @ Koinonia Senior Care 13303 W. Maple, Suite #139, PMB#128, Wichita, KS 67235

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