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Wanda Smith

Wanda Smith
February 17, 1931 - August 6, 2018

Wanda Brown Smith, 87, a longtime resident of the Panhandle, died on August 6, 2018, at home in Wichita Falls where she had lived for the past 20 years.

She was born February 17, 1931, in Abilene, TX, the first daughter of Harvey and Linnie Brown. The family moved to the Panhandle in the mid-1930s and Wanda grew up on a farm on the Ropesville Resettlement Project.

A graduate of Ropes High School, she married Darrell Wade Smith of New Home, TX, in 1945. For more than 40 years they farmed near New Home and Tahoka, raising cotton and maize.

After her husband’s death in 1992, Wanda moved to Burkburnett, and then to Wichita Falls, to be near her daughter and family.

Family was one of the two main passions of Wanda’s life; the other was her faith. She took the Bible personally and often quoted Scripture that she found applicable to everyday situations in modern life. “God is love,” was one of her guideposts.

A great-great grandmother, Wanda was never happier than when surrounded by children and never tired of teaching or playing with them. Some she taught to read; others she taught to cook and play dominoes, or to fish and toss horseshoes. Until recently, she kept in touch on Facebook, always offering encouragement, love and praise.

She was the unofficial family photographer, carefully noting the names, dates and places on hundreds of photos, few of which include herself since she was behind the lens.

Her energy was exceeded only by her strong will to live an independent and caring life on her own terms. Her family and friends were not surprised that she once painted her farmhouse, on the windswept Texas plains, a pleasing shade of pink.

Wanda is survived by her daughter, Brenda Harris and son-in-law David Harris; her granddaughters, Delinda Brasher and Dana Bridges; her great granddaughters, Naomi Golden and twins Lacy Klimek and Casy Bledsoe; her great grandsons, Cody Klimek and Brandon Golden; her great-great grandchildren, Elizabeth Klimek ; Annabelle Bledsoe and Zayden Wayne Golden, all of whom live in Wichita Falls or environs.

She is also survived by a sister, Gloria Anderson of Boston MA, and many nieces and nephews. Her brothers, Marion Doyle, James Donald, Delbert Ray (Pete) and Harvey Lee (Shortly) preceded her in death.

A graveside service will be held at 1 p.m. Friday, August 10, at the Englewood Cemetery in Slaton, TX , where Wanda will be buried beside her husband. Memorials are suggested to the Ropesville Museum Association, P.O. Box 126, Ropesville, TX 79358, which preserves the community building from the Ropesville Resettlement Project and other artifacts and memorabilia. Arrangements are under the direction of Lunn’s Colonial Funeral Home.