Wanda Gayle Walker, age 69 yrs, passed into her next life after a lengthy illness on May 18, 2013. She lived in Denton with her husband Jerry Walker. She quietly passed away in the quietness of her home under the care of VNA Hospice.
Wanda was born to Herman W. Mckay and Lela Wood McKay on July 29, 1943 at Camp Lejeune, North Carolina.
Wanda and Jerry were married at Asbury Methodist Church in April 1965. They were happily married for 48 yrs. They had 3 children born to the marriage, Christopher Walker of Arlington, Tx, Holli Walker Jones of Pilot Point, Texas and Eden Walker Chavira of Denton Texas.
They were also blessed with 6 grandchildren and one great grand child.
Wanda was a career registered nurse who attended Texas Woman's University, Stephen F Austin College and graduated from Cooke County College. She began her nursing journey in the Neonatal ICU at Flow Hospital. Her next service as a nurse was for Denton Genetics Screening and Counseling. She traveled the State of Texas with Dr. Joseph Sears and Dr. Ricardo Macias.She later worked for the State of Texas as a surveyor helping to improve conditions and care provided at many long term care centers. She was very loving and compassionate to the residents she served while working to maintain optimum life conditions for them.
After years of working as a surveyor, she worked for State of Texas working directly with Individuals with Developmental Disabilities. She had a special love and compassion to this population that shown on the faces of all the people that she served.
Wanda was a member of a quilting group in Denton Texas and belonged to the Red Hat Ladies. She brought happiness and smiles to all of the ladies that she befriended in all of her group activities.
Most of all, Wanda was a mother. Although she worked many years in nursing, her number one love was providing a home for her children. She had a special and individual bond with each one of them, then in later years she became "Nonnie" to her beautiful grand children and the recent birth of a beautiful great granddaughter. Nonnie will always be remembered as a beautiful and loving grandmother.
Wanda was preceded in death by her father Herman W. McKay. In addition to her husband, children and grandchildren, Wanda is survived by her mother Lela McKay Markham from Denton and one sister, Paula McKay Baker who resides in Denton. Wanda was always "Sissey" to her sister. She also had 2 nieces Errin Goin of Denton Tx and Stephanie Braddy of Sanger Texas and 1 nephew, Ashley Jenkins who loved their Aunt "Sissey" so very much.
Wanda fought a hard battle for her life and was admired by all who knew her for her incredible strength and resolve that was demonstrated throughout her entire illness.
She will be missed terribly by her family who loved her beyond words, but the family knows that she is resting in the loving arms of the Lord now.
Visitation services will be Tuesday May 21 at 7pm until 8pm at DeBerry Funeral Home on University Drive. Graveside services will be held at Oak Grove Methodist Church where Wanda, Jerry, Frank (son-on- law) and Eden Chavira are all members on Wednesday May 22 at 11 am. Burial will be in the cemetery at Oak Grove immediately following a brief service.
Extreme gratitude is extended from the entire family to VNA (formerly Ann's Haven) Hospice. They became like family to our family and provided exemplary care and compassion in Wanda's final days of her journey here on earth. We couldn't have asked for more.