A memorial service for Wanda Colvin Dean, 86, of Anniston, will be 2:30 p.m., Thursday, March 13, 2014, at Grace Episcopal Church, with the Rev. Dr. Lee Shafer officiating. Mrs. Dean died peacefully Sunday morning at her residence with family at her side. The family will receive friends following the service in Tyler Hall at the church. A private graveside service will precede the Memorial Service at Highland Cemetery. Survivors include her daughters, Laurie Dean Moore (Tommy) of Atmore, and Shannon Dean LaBudde (Frank) of Anniston; sons, Jim Dean (Elizabeth) of Ft. Lauderdale Fla., and Michael Dean (Carolyn) of Montgomery; grandchildren, Mandy Moore Prewett (Rusty), David Dean (Jennifer), Melissa Dean Edwards (Jason), Drew Priddy (Cyndal), Leigh Priddy Allbritton (Michael), Shelby Moore Hawkins (Josh), Lane Priddy Whitaker (Grant), Michael Dean, Ashley Dean and Thomas Moore; as well as eight great grandchildren. Mrs. Dean is preceded in death by her husband, H. Shelby Dean, and her parents, Ralph and Lois Colvin. Honorary Pallbearers will be the surviving members of Mrs. Dean's Bible study group, of which she was a member for over 45 years. The surviving members are, Martha McNaron, Betty Bolt, Jane Burnham, Liz Edwards, Dot Grove, Rita Smith, and Margie Whitlock. Mrs. Dean was born in Arcadia, Florida in 1928. Her family later relocated to Andalusia, Ala. where she grew up and graduated from Andalusia High School. Upon graduation, she attended the University of Alabama. Later she married her high school sweetheart, Shelby Dean. Mr. and Mrs. Dean were married for 55 years until his death in 2002. She spent most of her adult life in Auburn and in Anniston where she lived for 47 years. As a member of Grace Episcopal Church she was active for many years in numerous roles. She was involved in the organization and establishment of the Calhoun County Mental Health Center where she volunteered her time and talents. Later she co-owned and operated the Honeycomb Shop in downtown Anniston. Above all she was a devoted wife, mother, and grandmother and her family was the focal point of her life. She will always be remembered by those who knew her for her generous and encouraging spirit. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to East Central Alabama United Cerebral Palsy, PO Box 694, Anniston, Al 36202. Online condolences made at www.graybrownservice.com
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Published in The Anniston Star from Mar. 11 to Mar. 12, 2014