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Wanda Bishop Jones, the epitome of a true Southern Lady, passed away peacefully on Sunday, December 15, 2013 from a long illness. Wanda was born March 21, 1934 in Waycross Georgia to Lloyd and Eula Bishop. she lived in the same house until she enrolled at Valdosta State College where she obtained a degree in Elementary Education. Her senior year she was elected Homecoming Queen. After teaching for a year she and a friend set off aboard a ship, bound for a summer in Europe, where she met her husband to be, Kay Dennis Jones, then a law student at the University of Washington Law School.
Wanda and Kay married that fall and began their nearly 58 year journey together. Wanda continued teaching in Seattle until her second son was born. She was very involved in her 4 sons' school and sports activities and served as president of numerous organizations. In Seattle she was President of Ryther 420 Clubs and served on the Board of the Ryther Child Center.
In 1975 the family moved to the Tri-Cities where Wanda became active at the Central United Protestant Church, Meadow Springs Country Club Ladies Golf Association, FK Chapter of P.E.O., the Maternal Order of the Yo Yo Sisters, the March of Dimes and the Susan G. Komen Cancer Group.
Wanda's hobbies included golf, travel, cooking and reading. To her children and her five grandchildren, who called her Mima, she will best be remembered as "Granny Nanny", dropping everything to take care of the grandkids whenever their parents travelled or other opportunities arose. And she was the lead cheerleader for all of their activities and achievements.
Wanda is survived by her husband Kay, her sister Nancy Tayman, her four boys Brad (Kelley), Rik (Sandra), Greg (Leslie), and Cam (Debbie) and her special little joys, grandkids Tanner, Rachel, Allison, Trent, and Grant.
The family would like to express its deepest gratitude to the Hospice of the Chaplaincy.
A memorial will be held Saturday, January 4, 2014 at 3 p.m. at Central United Protestant Church (CUP) in Richland.
In lieu of flowers, donations are suggested to Ignite Youth Ministry, CUP, Hospice at the Chaplancy, or PEO.
Published in Tri-City Herald on Dec. 22, 2013