Hartford City, IN
Wava Lea Reader, 59, passed away Monday, April 14, 2014 at her home after a lengthy illness.
She was born on February 25, 1955 in Roll, Indiana, and graduated from Blackford High School in 1973. She married her husband, Jeff Reader, on March 1, 1980 in Roanoke, Indiana.
Wava resided in Japan and Hawaii. While in Japan, Wava was awarded the Nippon Zenkokai award by the emperor of Japan in 1991 for community relations. She also spent many years manufacturing Native American crafts and was well known for her dream catchers.
Her hobbies include gardening, Native American crafts, traveling, spending time with family, as well as her cats, Diva and JoJo.
Wava attended the Full Gospel Tabernacle Church, Dunkirk.
She was preceded in death by her mother and step-father, Patricia and Victor West; grandparents, Hoyt R. and Gertrude (Foley) Bridges; and uncles, Russell and Herb Bridges.
Survivors include her husband, Jeff; two daughters, Brandy M. E. Reader, Hartford City, and Leigh A. (Dallas) Gray, Millgrove; four grandchildren, Cassidy M. Reader, Mazy M. E. Reader, Izzy M. E. Reader, and Brody M. Gray; a brother, Richard A. Brown, Hartford City; a sister, Ulondra E. (Brown) Dawson, Hartford City; step-sisters, Vicki M. (West) Ingersoll, Westfield, and Stormy D. West, Columbus, GA; two uncles, William A. (Nancy) Bridges, Rhode Island, and Hoyt R. (Kathy) Bridges (retired Army MSGT), Marietta, GA; an aunt, Clara Bridges, Hampton, VA; cousins, Herbie J. Bridges, Hampton, VA, Stephen Bridges, Bear, Delaware, and Paul Bridges, Spiceland, Delaware; and a nephew, Cory M. Dawson, Greenwood.
Funeral services will be held on Thursday, April 17, 2014 at 2:00 P.M. at Waters Funeral Home, 501 W. Washington St., with Rev. Bobby Thomas officiating. Cremation will follow.
Visitation for family and friends will be from 10:30 A.M. to the start of the service on Thursday.
Online condolences may be sent to the family at: www.watersfuneralhomes.com.