Wanda Ella Armstrong
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Wanda Ella Armstrong, age 77, died in the early morning hours of Sunday, November 4, 2012. Born October 19, 1935 in Reno, the youngest of three sisters, she was predeceased by her eldest sister Blanche Armstrong Edison. She is survived by her middle sister Nalma Brennan Noble and brother-in-law George Noble, both of Reno.
Wanda was predeceased also by her mother; Marguerite Armstrong and father; Glen F. (Jim) Armstrong.
Besides sister Nalma, Wanda is survived by several nieces and nephews; Diane Brennan-Knight of Hawthorne, Lisa Edison of Yerington, Steve Brennan, (Setsus), of Sun Valley, Mike Brennan, (Nadine), of Spanish Springs.
Wanda graduated Reno High School and University of Nevada, Reno with a Bachelor of Arts in Education, specializing in teaching of the Neurologically Handicapped. She did post-graduate studies in cognitive learning and perceptual problems of the educationally handicapped at the University of CA., Berkeley.While doing her undergraduate studies at Reno, she was employed as a nurse's aide at St. Mary's Hospital.
Wanda's impressive career in teaching began in Bridgeport, CA. where her pioneering and artistic/creative talents proved to be a greatest necessity. Although she experienced immense cultural shock and extreme isolation she, at the same time, found herself in a challenging environment she relished, teaching the thirty-some largely Native American students who were sadly far behind academically.
Wanda thrived and rose to the challenge. Thus began her impressive career as a teacher of Special Needs students.
Reflective of her life of giving is the fact that Wanda willed her remains to the U.N.R. School of Medicine, that which took her life, Parkinson's Disease could be studied as a case history.
Walton's Funeral Home is in charge of the final arrangements. There will be no viewing. A memorial service will be scheduled for a later date.
Published in Reno Gazette-Journal on Nov. 11, 2012