It is an honor to be able to stand here today and say a few words about our Mother and Grandmother, Wanda. Wanda was a mother and grandmother to everyone that she came across. She cared for many people, and always made everyone feel like family. After helping to raise her brothers and sisters, she then raised her own children, and then went on to help raise her grandchildren. She was born on March 3rd, 1926 in Carrier Mills, Illinois to Della (Futrell) and Howard Headrick, She had a total of 16 siblings and would often tell us she would cook for them all, which is probably why she was such a great cook and always tried to feed everyone. I remember one Thanksgiving making a comment about what we would do if this family keeps growing and without skipping a beat she said, “Add a little more water to the gravy baby.” She was married at the age of 16 to Samuel Lee Woods on September 10, 1942 and together they had a son William Samuel Woods just before he went on to fight for this Country in World War II and he never came back alive. She went on to marry several other men trying to find someone like him. Wanda had a restaurant in Chicago with her sister Myrtle called Country Cooking, she also owned a new home cleaning business out of Arlington, Texas. My grandmother was an exceptional woman who lived her life to the fullest. I can recall a time when she decided to mark off the bucket list bungie jumping in her later years or the time she told me if I wanted to be the smartest person in the world I should eat fish, do crossword puzzles, and read the Bible front to back. She truly loved to fish and would always bring us some back from South Padre Island where her and Bill would always go in the winter time. One thing she always told us girls is that at the age of 16 she would take us honky tonking… but mom said NO. My grandma had a sense of humor and was not afraid to say anything to anyone about any subject. She was unique in her own rite. I will miss her dearly and will always remember her making us laugh and telling us stories about her youth. And if you know Grandma Wanda she also taught us kids not to take any crap off anyone. Most of all though I remember that she was a woman who loved the Lord with all her heart and a devout follower of our Lord, Jesus Christ and was an Ordained Minister. We were all so blessed to know and love her. She taught us all that life should be lived fully and that we should continue living it until the very end. Wanda Lee Woods passed away September 23, 2020 and is preceded in death by her Mom and Dad and Husbands and her siblings: Myrtle, Lillie, Nina, William, Loren, Wayne, James, Samuel, Stanton, Sammie, Thomas, Cecil, Glendale and two unborn siblings as well as Tamara Woods, Savannah Woods, and Daughter In Law Vera Woods Surviving is Olivia Headrick (Sister in Law) and many nieces and nephews. She leaves to celebrate her memory and legacy, her Son, William Samuel Woods, Daughter in law, Mary Lynn Woods, Grandchildren: Sammy, Danny, Joshua & Lindsey Woods, John and Christina Woods, Heath and Misty Simmons & Paul and Somer Davis along with a host of Great Grandchildren: Elva, Angela and Daniel, Caleb, Hannah, and Hailey, Gracie, Truett, and Liam, Preston, Reagan, and Merci, and Elliott and 2 times Great Grandchildren: Mariah, Jaxon, Nathan, Christopher and Thomas. We were all so blessed to know and love her. Thank you all for coming today to show your love and support to one another, including myself, and to show your respect for my grandmother. She was an amazing woman, and will be missed by all of us. A Funeral service will be held at 11:00 AM, Saturday, September 26, 2020 at the Living Waters Church, 4500 SE 89th St. Oklahoma City, Ok. Interment to be held at 10:00 AM, Monday, September 28, 2020 at the Fort Sill National Cemetery, Elgin, Ok.
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