Wanda P. Brown

February 13, 1931 - May 4, 2016

Wanda P. Brown, age 85, of McKinney, Texas, passed away May 4, 2016.  Wanda was born February 13, 1931, in Vian, Oklahoma, to Jesse and Tommie Mae (Patton) Payne.  She married Jerry D. Brown on September 29, 1952, in Ft. Smith, Arkansas.  Wanda was a Registered Nurse and a graduate of Muskogee Nursing School.  She was a member of the Order of Eastern Star #518 in McKinney, as well as a member of the Daughters of the Nile, and also volunteered her nursing skills for the McKinney ISD.  Wanda was a member of Trinity Presbyterian Church in McKinney.

She is survived by her husband, Jerry D. Brown of McKinney, Texas; daughters, Terry Lynn Brown also of McKinney and Penny L. Evans and husband, Eddie of Mechanicsville, Virginia; grandsons, Martin D. Webb, Jr. and wife, Sarah of Charlotte, North Carolina and Travis Webb and wife, Tracey of Mechanicsville, Virginia; granddaughter, Emilee Evans, also of Mechanicsville; and great-granddaughters, Madison Lee Webb and Harper Webb.

She was preceded in death by her parents and sister, Wilma Darlene Smothers.

A graveside service will be held at 2:00 p.m., Tuesday, May 10, 2016, at Ft. Smith National Cemetery in Ft. Smith, Arkansas.

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Looking at all these messages, 1 year later, I realize just how incredibly loved and admired my grandmother was by everyone! So much love for the woman who inspired me to go into nursing, taught me how to string celery, and the best chef I have ever known. Emilee Evans, July 28, 2017 Dear Aunt Wanda. I will never forget our times together. You were a true example of the devoted employee. There were no secrets with you, because you had a way about you that made us open up and spill our hearts out to you. I loved going over to your house when I was young. I always had a blast over there. You were sleeping most of the time and you never seemed to interfere with our fun even though I know we had to be interfering with your precious sleep. I can really relate to that now that I am working the night shift. Some of my best memories were our road trips to Oklahoma and Louisiana. I loved going to Gore and visiting with Mae and Wilma. They always made me feel welcomed. As for the ear piercings, I would prefer to forgot those. The ice really did not work for the pain. It was pure torture, but I loved you for doing it for free. Thank you for forgiving me and loving me for all those years. I did not always make the best decisions with my life, but you always found a way to forgive me for my mistakes. I will always love you and cherish those special moments together. I love you Kim Kim Martin, May 18, 2016 Dearest Wanda, The first time our family met you was when Jerry brought you to Mississippi in 1952. You were a bride, very attractive and very professional. You had graduated from nursing school and Jerry had graduated from college. You had eloped and were very much in love. We had 3 children and I was expecting the 4th. You were tolerate of Kay and Jan but I knew you were not happy with their constant attention. This was our beginning of a lifetime family relationship. The next visit was after Terry Lynn was born and they brought her for us to us to see and I thought she was the most beautiful baby I had ever seen, a lot for me to say since I had 4 beautiful children of my own. We had many visits following and 2 years later Penny arrived and there again was this beautiful baby. Jerry and Wanda had a wonderful beginning and strived to have their careers and their family ties important. We cherished the many years we had together with our families and we remained very close and caring. The past years have been difficult for us to see and visit because of health issues and distance. The last time I remember Wanda enjoying a trip and visit when we met them in Salado, Texas. Jerry and Florian played golf and we visited. She was having issues with her health then and said she couldn't walk or shop. I changed her mind and she agreed to try. We spent several hours from shop to shop. She was proud she gave it a chance. Last year I asked her to try physical therapy and she said she couldn't, so I attended her classes and did the therapy with her., she cried and said it was painful but kept moving. I was so happy to see her try. We had a relationship that was very close after her family passed away and she never failed to tell me how she felt about Jerry and Terry taking care of her and how she worried about their health in doing so. She was a fighter and we all know how she loved each and everyone of us and we returned our love to her. She is at peace and free of pain and for that we thank our lord. I close this with a comment she would agree to- being opinionated and strong willed, she could stand toe to toe with Donald Trump. P.S. We have laughed, cried and stayed close but nothing could take away our fun times together. We really thought we could sing and stood at a microphone and sang "Any Time", but used our version of "Any Old Time". I love and miss you, Betty (sister-in-law)
Betty Wade Jelonek, May 17, 2016 Dear Jerry: We are so sorry to hear of Wanda's passing. Please accept our sincerest condolences. John and Mary Mary and John Nugent, May 6, 2016 My dearest Penny. I am so sorry to hear of your momma's passing. She was a beautiful lady inside and out. Sending my love to you and yours. Ms. Wanda always made me smile and feel good about myself. She will be missed. Love you Penny. Tralyn Tralyn molinar , May 5, 2016 Jerry and family, This makes me so very sad. I loved her dearly and we were close for several years -- all though our OES "deputy" travels and travails! She was such a smart, funny, and caring person. I know you will all miss her, and my heart goes out to you. Rest in peace, my dear friend. My tears are in memory of you. Dianne Markley Dianne Markley, May 5, 2016 So very sorry to hear about "our Wanda". We were Deputies together for Sharon Fentress. Deepest Sympathy to the family. She was a special lady. Elizabeth Grayson, May 5, 2016 Jerry and Terry we morn your loss. She was a beautiful woman and such a dear friend to our family. I will be praying for each and everyone of you and your family. God Bless Jake Joplin, May 5, 2016 Jerry and Family, We are truly sorry to hear of your loss of Wanda. Please accept our condolences. Ian Vaughan and Family, May 5, 2016 Terry, I am so sorry for your loss. I pray God comfort you and your family at this difficult time. Esther Callihan, May 5, 2016 Jerry and Terry I was sorry to hear about Mrs. Brown, please know you all are in my prayers. Susan , May 5, 2016 Life is so tender, so fragile, and so very precious. Wanda's life was all of that, and more. Thoughts of deep and sincere sympathy are with you at this time. DeDe Wilson, May 5, 2016 Our deepest sympathy to your family. Wanda is such a wonderful memory of our 25 years as your neighbor. She was so generous and we loved her spirit! We know that she is at home with our Lord and having a great time "cooking for the saints"!! She is probably sitting down and sharing BBQ with Tom right now. We love you guys and will pray for the Lord's comfort. Carol Hendrix, May 5, 2016 Terry , I am so very sorry for your loss. It's hard losing a loving mother. I will keep you and your family in my prayers. May the great God of heaven comfort you as only He can.
Hattie Jones, May 5, 2016 So sorry for your loss, Brother Jerry. You are both in my thoughts and prayers today.
Clint Love, May 5, 2016 Jerry and family my condolences and you are in my prayers Ray Griffith Ray griffith, May 5, 2016 MOM, You were always there when I needed you bad or good , your memories and unconditional love I will never forget . I Love You and may you rest in peace. I'll see you on the other side one day !! Penny Evans (daughter), May 4, 2016 Uncle Jerry and family, I'm so sorry to hear about Aunt Wanda's passing. I loved to hear her laugh and tell stories. She looked great in this picture. We are praying for you all. Love, Cathy, Roger, & Michaela Cathy Rice Kramer, May 4, 2016 May our Lord bless and comfort you and your family during this time of grief. She is victorious and now is enjoying the presence of our Lord Jesus. Pedro & Leyda Mendez, May 4, 2016 Wanda's daughter, Penny Evens, is a dear friend. She spoke often of her love for her mother,. Pennys kind heart and carding way showed me what a wonderful woman her mother was. I am very sorry for your loss. Lynda Orndorff, May 4, 2016 Brother Jerry, Kay and I send prayers of comfort during this difficult time. "Weeping may endure for a night. But joy comes in the morning." Psalms 30:5. You and your family are in our thoughts and prayers. John Bruce, May 4, 2016 Dearest Jerry, I am so sorry for your loss. Please know that I will keep you and your family in my prayers - that you will find comfort in God's grace and your memories of Wanda. Joan Allinson, May 4, 2016 My deepest sympathies to Jerry Brown and his family. Wanda was a lovely lady. Roger Jacobsen, May 4, 2016 Thoughts and prayers with you and your family at this time Brian Zoltowski, May 4, 2016 Brother Jerry, We are so sorry to hear of Wanda's passing. You and your family are in mine and Tamra's thoughts and prayers. Please let me know if there is anything we can do. Chuck and Tamra Collins, May 4, 2016 Life is so tender, so fragile, and so very precious. Thinking of each of you and hoping you will find comfort in special memories. Thoughts of deep and sincere sympathy are with you at this time. DeDe Spence Wilson, May 4, 2016 Wanda's warm and kind spirit will always be with us. Jerry, we pray for your family during this time of loss and reflection. Beau Davis and Family, May 4, 2016 Always loved and admired Wanda. She was so loving to all who know her. Wanda will truly be missed. Kathy Creel, May 4, 2016 Brother Jerry, I am so very sorry for your loss. Wanda will be truly missed by us all. May God bless you and your family in this time of grief. My thoughts and prayers are with you all. Sincerely, Bob McKee Bobby McKee, May 4, 2016 We're so sorry to hear of Wanda's passing. We know she will be greatly missed and lovingly remembered. Larry & Wanda Freeman, May 4, 2016 So sorry for your loss. If there is anything you need just call. Bill & Sandy Bill & Sandy Graham, May 4, 2016 Jerry and Family, We are saddened by the passing of Wanda. You both have been such good neighbors - thoughtful in so many ways. I will always remember your kindness to my family when Dale passed away. Please let us know if we can support you in any way. Our Deepest Condolences. Maria and Jon Mercer Maria and Jon Mercer, May 4, 2016 Mom you fought the hardest fight for 5 years or more. You are a tough lady. I love you and can not think of anyone that I admire more. Terry Lynn Brown, May 4, 2016