Mary Wanda Williams, better known as Wanda, of Waldron, Arkansas went to be with her Lord and Savior, Thursday, June 30, 2022 surrounded by her loving family. Wanda was born October 5, 1938 to Lewis Cates and Pearl Lee (Sexton) Cates in Boles, Arkansas. she was 83 years old. Wanda was a faithful woman of God and was a member of the First Church of the Nazarene in Waldron, Arkansas.
Wanda was a sweet and caring person. She had a zest for life and doing all things fun. She enjoyed painting, bowling, golfing and traveling with her friends. One of the high lights of her year was attending the annual Class of 55 reunion. Wanda especially looked forward to spending time with her girls, grandchildren, great grandchildren and great great grands. She loved being surrounded by those she loved and making precious memories.
Wanda leaves behind to cherish her memory, two daughters, Carla Ennis and Sharri Kopf and husband Bryan all of Waldron, Arkansas. Granny will forever remain in the hearts of her grandchildren: Dr. James Russell and wife Rachel of Ft. Smith, Arkansas, Charla Hutchens and husband Josh of Waldron, Arkansas, Brandi Shelton of Greenwood, Arkansas, Kristi Franklin and husband Neil of Booneville, Arkansas and Kelsie Kopf and fiance’ of Waldron, Arkansas as well as 14 great grandchildren and 3 great great grandchildren. Wanda will be missed by all that knew her and the many whose lives she impacted including a host of extended family and friends.
Wanda’s was preceded in death by her parents, Lewis and Pearl Cates, her loving husband Tommy and one sister Erma Harberson.
Wanda’s life celebration will be Wednesday, July 6, 2022 at the Heritage Memorial Funeral Home Chapel in Waldron, Arkansas with Rev. Wally Beckman officiating. Interment will follow in the Buffalo Cemetery. Arrangements are being entrusted to the Heritage Memorial Funeral Home in Waldron, Arkansas.
Wanda’s pallbearers will be James Russell, Gunner Perkins, Justyn Turpin, Leonard Russell, Robert Wagner and Bryan Kopf. Honorary pallbearers will be Dr. Nathan Bennett, Jerrell Plummer, Curtis Hudson and the Class of 1955.
Wanda’s visitation will be Tuesday, July 5, 2022 from 5:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. at the Heritage Memorial Funeral Home in Waldron, Arkansas.