Wanda Incle shared bond with sisters, family

Wednesday, May 22, 2013 | 7:38 p.m. CDT; updated 7:47 p.m. CDT, Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Wanda Faye Edwards Incle shared a lot with her sisters, whether she wanted to or not.

Ms. Incle’s older sister, Vickie Battles, remembers sneaking into Incle’s room when they were teenagers after she had left for school. The two wore the same type of clothing, so Battles would steal her clothes and wear them to school, with her sister unaware of her actions. Until one day, she got caught.

“We never argued or anything, she wasn’t even mad,” Battles said. “She just looked at me and laughed when she saw me in her clothes.”

Ms. Incle died on Saturday, May 18, 2013, in Kansas City. She was 62.

Her other older sister, Edith Prince, described her as strong, friendly and always wanting to be in charge, but that she also had a bit of a strange side to her. She enjoyed scary movies, usually featuring aliens, and would always retell the stories adding more to the scary parts.

This interest may have come from a time when she got lost at the St. Louis Zoo, Prince said.

"We told her that the people that found her were aliens and that they were going to take her," Prince said. "She believed it, so I think she always thought that those people secretly wanted her because they were aliens."

The sisters also played several sports together, and were always together as both a team and a family. These included softball, where Incle was the pitcher, and volleyball, where they won a Columbia Parks and Rec league championship together.

Ms. Incle was born in Columbia to Jessie and Luella Edwards on Jan. 13, 1951. She graduated from Hickman High School in 1969. She went on to work for Southwestern Bell for 27 years, and moved on to working in real estate after her retirement.

Battles said that she was also very passionate about her involvement as a Jehovah’s Witness, going door to door “in the field” as she called it.

“I’d always call her and she’d say ‘Vickie, I can’t talk now I’m out in the field’,” Battles said. “She loved being out there and always sounded so happy.”

Ms. Incle was defined by her sweet and easy-going personality, Battles said, and she would be missed dearly.

“She was always kind to everyone and never made an enemy,” she said. “She had a heart of gold and would give you her last dime if you needed it.”

She is survived by nine children, Christopher Edwards, Kisha, Kimberly, Kidron, Chala, Kamron, Tamice, Gwendolyn and Paul Incle, as well as her 12 grandchildren. She is also survived by her sisters, Prince and Battles, as well as her brothers James and Thomas Edwards.

Her parents, three brothers, three sisters and one son died earlier.

Visitation will be held at 10:45 a.m. Saturday at the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses, 901 15th St. in Blue Springs. Services will be held immediately after the visitation.

Supervising editor is Hannah Wiese.

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