December 10, 1940 - July 4, 2017
Born December 10, 1940 at age 76 passed away due to complications arising from COPD shortly after midnight on July 4th 2017; a fitting time to regain her independence given the holiday. She passed with her hands being lovingly held and went out with fireworks booming in the distance just as her bright spirited personality dictated she should. She was at peace, unsuffering, and with God.
Born in Greenville, TX. and raised in Fort Worth, TX. Wanda was a proud Southerner and Texan, dedicated homemaker, caregiver, Sister, Aunt, and the best Mom anyone could ever ask for. She never missed an opportunity to worship her children and sacrificed her all for their happiness and well-being. She built fond memories traveling the US Highways with her kids while camping in State and National parks to bask in the natural beauty and solace they offered as she knew it was the small and simple things in life that mattered most. Wanda had a deep passion for meeting new people and making them her new friends and she would tell them all “I Love You” with sincerity followed by the issuance of a Southern title: “Sweetie, Honey, Muffin, Sweet Baby, Sugar, Pumpkin…” She positively impacted many lives along her path through her kindred, caring and loving nature. Above all she was a devout Christian that always kept God as a primary focus knowing she would meet Him one day.
Wanda was preceded in death by her older Son John Charles Willis as well as her loving parents Odessa Bowen (Boren) Furlong, and John Luther Furlong.
She is survived by her Son and Daughter in Law: Jeff and Linda Willis, Daugher in Law: Debra Willis. Grand Children: Mary and John Willis, Amanda Turner, Cody Doran. Sister and Brother in Law: Pat and Burl Simpson. Her much beloved Niece: Susan Cornue. And finally an extended family and vast network of friends and neighbors.
A private memorial dinner with close family will be held at an undisclosed time in honor of Wanda to celebrate her life and all those she lovingly impacted.
In Lieu of flowers or other offerings of memorial the family asks that you consider making a donation in Wanda’s name to honor a cause near and dear to her heart:
The Senior Source: www.theseniorsource.org/donate-now/,
The National Parks Service: www.nps.gov/getinvolved/donate.htm
Texas Parks and Wildlife System (State Parks): http://tpwd.texas.gov/business/donations/
Tourette Syndrome association: http://www.tourettetexas.org/donations/
Alzheimer’s Association: http://www.alz.org/join_the_cause_donate.asp
Love you Mom! Thank you for all your sacrifices and shaping me to who I am; while your loss is very painful you continue to mold me and make me a better Man.
Arrangements are under the direction of
ARIA Cremation Service and Funeral Home
19310 Preston Road
Dallas, Texas 75252