Wanda L. McCoy(1927 - 2013)

Wanda L. McCoy July 30, 1927 - September 4, 2013 Wanda Lee McCoy, born in Paoli, Oklahoma, July 30, 1927, passed in Oklahoma City, September, 4, 2013, following a family reunion, surrounded by her loving family. On September 2, 1944, she married Harmon Lee McCoy in Bakersfield, Ca, who passed in March, 1998. Wanda was the eldest daughter of eight children of Thaddeus and Eva Estelle Kelley. She is survived by three sisters and one brother: Sue Green, Wynnewood, OK.; Melba Green, Elk City, OK.; Linda Barnes, Mustang, OK; and, Bill Kelley, Oklahoma City, OK. She is also survived by five sons: Ron McCoy and spouse, Sharon, Tehachapi, Ca; Don McCoy and spouse, Susan; Henry McCoy, San Francisco, Ca.; Christopher McCoy and spouse, Shannon, Tulsa, OK; and, John McCoy and spouse, Carla, Bakersfield Ca; and guardian to Lisa Craft, Bakersfield, Ca; Bonnie Dyer, Bakersfield Ca; Kathleen Fulton, Tehachapi, Ca., and Michael Handley, Los Angeles Ca. Wanda is survived by 19 grandchildren and 11 great-grand children. Wanda lived the past six years with Vernelle Holland in Bakersfield, who provided companionship and support and who introduced her to baseball and became an avid Dodgers fan. Our family will be eternally grateful to her. Wanda and Harmon devoted their lives to raising foster children, providing support and a home for an estimated 250 children from 1959 to 2000. Wanda expanded her devotion to children by becoming an Instructional Support Aide for the Kern High school District's P.A.C.E. (Parent and Child Education) program since its inception in 1977 at Foothill and East Bakersfield high schools and retired from Bakersfield High School in 2002. Graveside services will be held at Greenlawn Mortuary on River Boulevard in Bakersfield, Ca, Tuesday, September 10, 2013 at 11a.m. www.bakersfield.com/obits

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Published in Bakersfield Californian on Sept. 10, 2013