A memorial service for Wanda Ethridge, 92, of Tyler was held Feb. 1, 2020 in the Stewart Family Funeral Home Chapel with Brother Brent Williams officiating.
Wanda passed away Jan. 27, 2020 at Meadow Lake Health Center in Tyler. She was born Nov. 22, 1927 in Springfield, Ill., to Chester Earl Hahn and Edna Wheeler Hahn.
She graduated from University of Illinois with a degree in commercial design. She worked in Chicago as a typist for the Spanish edition of Popular Mechanics, in Dallas as a commercial artist and a substitute teacher and as a third-grade teacher in Houston. She also founded Elder Power, a home health service for frail seniors in east Dallas, which she directed for 14 years. She also played a vital support role in helping several Vietnamese refugee families become acclimated to their new life in the United States.
In 1998, Wanda and J.W. moved from Dallas to a small farm in Mabank where she was the mother of goats, bees, donkeys, cows, chickens, cats and dogs. They were faithful members of Elm Grove Church.
Wanda will be most fondly remembered as a lover of fairy tales, teller of rhymes and riddles, crafter of many googly-eyed rock creatures and hand-painted gourds, baker of oatmeal cookies, rice krispy treats and the best pumpkin pies imaginable and a dedicated Democrat in a red state.
Wanda was preceded in death by her husband of 59 years J.W. Ethridge and brother Wendell Hahn.
She is survived by her loving family including sister and brother-in-law, Wilma and Joel McNulty, sons Gary and Gregory Ethridge, daughters-in-law Janine and Shannon and grandchildren Erin, Matthew, Milo and Spencer.
If desired, memorials may be made to Mabank Area Good Samaritans, Inc., 405 W. Walnut St., Mabank, TX 75147.