Wanda Nelson

March 21, 1932 - September 7, 2021

Wanda Nelson of Mesquite, Texas passed away September 7, 2021 at the age of 89.  She was born on March 21, 1932 to Zachary Copus and Myrtle Lucille (Dickens) Copus.  Wanda was a graduate of Allen High School in Allen, Texas.  She was married to the late Robert Arnold Nelson.  Wanda worked for 20 years as an office manager for Executive Services in Plano, Texas.  She was a member of White Rock United Methodist Church in Dallas, Texas.  Wanda was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, sister, and friend.

She is survived by her sons, Calvin J. Baker and wife, Michelle of Mesquite, Texas; Mitchell W. Baker and wife, Julie of Quinlan, Texas, Robert W. Nelson and wife, Sherri of Richardson, Texas, and Bill Nelson and wife, Laura of Richardson, Texas; nephew, David Mackey and wife, Patricia; eight grandchildren, several great-grandchildren; and a host of other loving family and friends.

Wanda was preceded in death by her husband, Robert Nelson; son, Steven Baker; parents; Zachary and Myrtle Copus; sister, Ora Mackey; and brothers, Jim Copus, Bill Copus, and Dub Copus.

A memorial service will be held at 10:00 a.m., Friday, September 17, 2021 at Turrentine-Jackson-Morrow Funeral Home Chapel, 2525 Central Expressway North, Allen, Texas 75013.  The service will also be live streamed by clicking on the following link: Following the service, an inurnment will be held at the Garden Mausoleum at Ridgeview Memorial Park in Allen.

Memorial contributions may be made in Wanda’s honor to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital,


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We were so Blessed to know Wanda. She was a sweet lady and had a Good Heart. Her smile lite up the room and so kind to all those she encountered. I am sure she is doing with the Angels. Her memories will be never forgotten and written upon our Hearts. Lifting up family and friends through this difficult time. Donna and Jeff HeLal, September 14, 2021 We want to send our deepest sympathy to the entire Nelson and Baker families. Wanda was very dear to all our hearts in the Fosha family. She made our children feel like they were her grandchildren as well. We spent many family holidays with Wanda and always enjoyed her company. She was a very sweet lady and will be greatly missed. Sending our love to you all. Allen and Sherrill Fosha, September 12, 2021 Thanks for being my friend bed Mom for the past 16years! We love you and you are missed!! Twila Mitroff , September 12, 2021 Wanda was such a dear, sweet lady. I loved bowling with her, going on our Senior Day Trips, visiting with her. She was a beautiful lady, inside and outside. My prayers to all her family on your loss. Judy Montgomery , September 11, 2021 She was a person of excellence. A role model of integrity. I was fortunate to have her as a Mother. And it was an honor to be her friend in her last years with us.
Calvin Baker, September 11, 2021
It was such a pleasure to know Wanda. She was always very kind. May she rest in peace. Denise Setser, September 10, 2021 So sorry to hear of Wanda’s passing. Will be praying for the family. She was a member of our AARP group for a long time. Jan Reynolds, September 10, 2021 Truly an Amazing and strong woman. Was proud to have her as my Grandmother James Baker, September 10, 2021