Wanda Mae Martin Parsons Marley, 83, passed into God's arms on Wednesday, Jan. 5, and now rests peacefully and eternally in His presence and love.
Wanda's family remembers their beloved mother and grandmother as God's beautiful child blessed with multiple talents, among them an amazing poetic/storytelling ability, keen dramatic talent, superb culinary skills, and innate creativity. In her extraordinary creative and intuitive manner, some of her most memorable maternal attributes were revealed, which included her facilitation of exposure to all of life's finest for her children, always wanting the best for them culturally, academically, and spiritually. Wanda possessed an abundance of other talents and traits, many of which she was so well-known and loved for, but some of which she was never able to actualize.
Wanda was born in Joes, Colo. in 1927 and graduated from Muskogee High School in Oklahoma. She earned a bachelor of arts in English from Baylor University in Waco, Texas. She worked as a teacher, but primarily devoted her life to bringing up her six children and menagerie of pets.
Surviving relatives include her six children and 14 grandchildren: a son: Robert Franklin (Frank) Parsons II and his wife, Cindy; Jo Cecille Parsons Demarest and her son, David; Glenna Faye Marley-Fleming and her daughters, Kelley, Kristin and Kaitlin; Danna Marie Marley Alsamarray, her husband, Adnan and their children, Lamise and Layth; Virginia (Ginny) Sue Marley Elkhalid, her husband, Kasem and their children, Hamoody, Amnee, Jenneen, Samer and Sereen; Christi Ann Marley Baughman and her children, Daniel, Gabriel and Rachel. She is also survived by sisters: Mary Ellen Martin, Jayne Boyce and eight cousins.
She was preceded in heaven by her sister: Joyce Elaine Martin, her parents, Blunt Hervy Martin and Cecile Arnaud Martin Schoy, maternal grandparents, Emile Arnaud and Pauline Barriquand Arnaud and paternal grandparents, Robert Bruce Martin and Maggie McPherson-Martin Gammon.
The Rev. Vicki Evans will officiate the funeral services at the Waldensian United Presbyterian Church in Monett, Mo. on Sunday, Jan. 9, at 2 p.m. Interment will be in the Waldensian Cemetery. Services are under the direction of Dugger Funeral Home in Billings, Okla.
Anyone wishing to join the family in a celebration of her life may make a donation in her honor to the Waldensian United Presbyterian Church or Waldensian Cemetery in care of Dugger Funeral Home, P.O. Box 41, Billings, Okla. 74630.
Online condolences may be sent to the family using the online guestbook at www.duggerfuneralhome.com.