Beloved wife, mother, and grandmother, Dorcas Louise Wenger, 57, of Versailles went home to be with the Lord on Wednesday, Sept. 22, 2010, at Capital Region Medical Center in Jefferson City. She was born July 19, 1953, in Jefferson City, the daughter of Charles and Virginia Buffington, and was raised in Tebbetts. On Aug. 13, 1988, she married Daniel Wayne Wenger, who survives of the home. She worked for Miller County Special Services and Burrell Center of Versailles as a community integrator. She enjoyed spending time with family, spoiling her grandchildren, reading, singing, following politics, and cheering for the Cardinals baseball and Versailles Tiger football teams. She was an active member of Bethel Mennonite Church in Fortuna, where she participated in and led many ministry activities such as Bible school, music, drama, and Sunday school. She had a passion for life, living each day loving others and her Lord and Savior.
In addition to her husband Danny, she is survived by her son Ryan Henry, his wife Mandy, and their children Paige, Zach, and Alyssa, of Jefferson City; her daughter Erica Baldwin and her husband Steve of Raleigh, N.C.; and her son Dane of the home. She is also survived by her mother Virginia (Welty) Buffington of Jefferson City. Other survivors are brothers Wes Buffington of Springfield; Jim Buffington and his wife Mary Anne of Mokane; Don Buffington and his wife Sharon of Jefferson City; Terry Buffington of Phoenix, Arizona; Randy Buffington and wife Deanna of Lee's Summit; and Mark Buffington and wife Dianne of Mexico; and many other friends and relatives. She was preceded in death by her first husband, Steven Duane Henry, in 1983; her father Charles William Buffington in 2006; and brother, William Ray Buffington in 1955.
Funeral services will be held on Sunday, Sept. 26, at 2:00 p.m., at the Bethel Mennonite Church. Interment will follow in the Bethel Cemetery. The family will receive loved ones and friends during visitation at the Kidwell-Garber Funeral Home in Versailles on Saturday, Sept. 25, from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. Memorial contributions are suggested to Bethel Mennonite Church. Expressions of sympathy may be left online at www.kidwellgarber.com. Arrangements are under the direction of the Kidwell-Garber Funeral Home of Versailles. Published in SedaliaDemocrat.com on September 23, 2010