In Loving Memory of
Wanda Elizabeth Chandler
Wanda Elizabeth Chandler passed away on March 9, 2016 at the age of 88. She was born on February 6, 1928 in Sparks, Texas to Annie Henderson Hagler and Marion W. Hagler. She was the youngest of 10 children. She had five brothers and four sisters. Her sisters were Zollie Cobb, Ferne Hempel, Zerne Reed, and Ann Boyd. Her brothers were Charles Hagler, Noah Hagler, Henderson (Mutt) Hagler, and John Hagler.
Wanda spent her early years on the family farm in Sparks, Texas. She graduated from Academy High School and went to work for the Santa Fe Railroad in Temple, Texas. She married Thomas L. Williams of San Antonio, Texas when she was 18, and they made San Antonio their home. They had three children: Larry, Brenda, and Bonnie. After 18 years of marriage, they were divorced.
Wanda later married Norman Chandler. They lived in San Antonio and later on in Las Vegas. They were married 30 years when she became a widow. Wanda than moved back to Temple, Texas and spent the next 7 years there enjoying quality time with her brother John, his wife Dixie, her wonderful friend Mary Ann, and the rest of the "Spinner Girls" that met once a week to play Spinner. During those 7 years, Wanda did a lot of traveling with a group from Temple. She went on 8 to 10 cruises and several bus tours to interesting places. She also attended Meadowbrook Baptist Church and made many friends there. She loved her Sunday school class.
In 2005, at age 77, Wanda agreed to move to Corpus Christi so that her daughter Brenda could help with whatever she might need help with. Wanda loved people, and she soon became a regular at the Garden Senior Center where she made some good friends. She really enjoyed playing Canasta and the Mexican Train domino game. She attended First Christian Church and enjoyed her Sunday school class and their social gatherings.
Throughout her life, Wanda so enjoyed and loved her family. The annual Hagler reunions were very special to her, and she dearly loved all of her brothers, sisters, nieces and nephews. Wanda was also extremely proud of her own family and loved them so much. Her three children blessed her with 6 grandchildren and 10 great grandchildren
Son: Larry and Cindy Williams of Houston, Texas, Grandchildren: Shalyn and Ray Habermacher, Chad and Amanda Willaims, Great grandchildren: Luke and Jackson Habermacher, Daughter: Brenda and David Shell of Corpus Christi, Texas, Grandchildren: Stephanie and Matt Floyd Scott and Ashley Shell
Great grandchildren: Austin and Braden Floyd,Kynlee and Carson Shell, Daughter: Bonnie and John Pedroza of San Antonio, Texas, Grandchildren: Matthew and Erin Pedroza, Ashley and Grayson Allen
Great grandchildren: Easton, Mattie, and Cannon Pedroza, Esther Allen.
Wanda was preceded in death by her parents, all of her brothers and sisters except for one John Hagler, who survived her. She was also preceded in death by Tom Willliams (first husband), Norman Chandler (second husband), and her grandson Chad Willliams.
We will not be sad, but will rejoice that Wanda has been called to her heavenly home where she will be reunited with those that have gone before her. What a wonderful reunion that will that will be!!!
When we all get to heaven,
What a day of rejoicing that will be!
When we all see Jesus,
Weâ€™ll sing and shout the victory!! Amen
Visitation will be held on Saturday March 12, 2016 from 4:30 pm to 7:00 pm at Seaside Funeral Home. A Funeral Service will be held Monday March 14, 2016 at 1:00 pm at Academy Baptist Church in Academy, Texas with Interment to follow at Volo Cemetery.
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