Wendella Faye (Matheson) Axelson, 82, Plainville, formerly of Natoma, died Monday, Sept. 5, 2016, at the Red Bud Village in Plainville.

She was born Aug. 4, 1934, in Natoma, to Frank A. and Prudence Ione (Harsh) Matheson. She grew up and attended schools in Natoma.

She married John William Axelson on Nov. 3, 1950, in Natoma. He preceded her in death Feb. 7, 2000. She was the mayor of Natoma for more than 17 years.

Survivors include two daughters, Pam Launchbaugh, Pratt, and Kathy Axelson, Mission; three sisters, Naomi Krug and Joan Usher, both of Salina, and Judy Hillman, Olathe; seven grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by a son, Kevin Axelson.

Services will be at 11 a.m. Friday at First Southern Baptist Church, Plainville; burial in Natoma City Cemetery.

Visitation will be from noon to 8 p.m. Thursday at Pohlman-Varner-Peeler Mortuary, Russell, and from 9 a.m. until time of service Friday at the church.

Memorials are suggested to First Southern Baptist Church or Natoma Community Center in care of the mortuary.