1932 - 2011 Wanda Faye Bryant was born to Loy E. Morrison and Clota Wages in Geary, Oklahoma on January 20th 1932 and went to be with our Lord on June 1, 2011, surrounded by her loving family. She is preceded in death by her parents, two brothers and husband of 45 years, Billy G. Bryant. She was a beloved Daughter, Wife, Mother, Grandmother and Great Grandmother.She is survived by her three children, Michael and his wife Dianne, Carolyn and her husband Gary Treanor, Mark and his wife Debbie, nine grandchildren, five great grandchildren, and many nieces, nephews, cousins, brother and sister - in - laws, and dear friends. Wanda came to California during the Great Depression in 1936 and settled near the Shafter Migrant Farm Center where her father found work as a share cropper outside of town. They moved to Pond when she started school. After a few years the family moved to Pixley where her father farmed for many years. Her father bought their own farm outside Tipton in 1943 where she attended Tipton School. Wanda graduated from Tulare Union High School in 1949. She married her high school sweetheart, Bill Bryant in 1949, while he was on leave from the US Air Force. Bill moved his bride to where he was stationed in Cheyenne, Wyoming. When Bill was sent to Japan and Korea during the war, Wanda moved back to Tipton to be with her parents. After the war Bill and Wanda settled down in a house on her parent's ranch to start their family. They lived there until 1959 when they moved to Santa Maria. Settled into life, the couple bought their first home and raised their children. Bill was hired by the Department of Corrections, while Wanda started her retail career at Woolworths. In 1972 Bill was transferred to Tehachapi and Wanda went to work for Grants department store in Bakersfield until they closed. She worked at Dunlaps department store before moving to Brocks department store which was eventually bought by Gottschalks. She worked at Gottschalks until she retired in 1999. Wanda recently decided to be buried in her wedding dress and in a romantic twist, Wanda went to heaven to be reunited with Bill Wednesday, June 1, 2011 which would have been their 62nd wedding anniversary. Wanda was seventeen when they got married on Wednesday, June 1, 1949, and Bill died in 1994, so she became his bride again after 17 years. Wanda was a strong independent woman. She instilled a "can-do" attitude in her family. Everyone looked forward to her "Sunday" dinners at her home. All were welcomed by Wanda, you didn't have to be related to be considered family. She was famous for her turkey dressing made at every Thanksgiving, Christmas and Easter. She was loved by many people and will be dearly missed. Her passing is a great loss to us all. The family would like to thank the caring doctors at Kaiser Permanente in Bakersfield. A special thanks to Dr. Hoffman and Dr. Park and Dr. McNicoll of Los Angeles during her illness. The 5th floor nurses at San Joaquin Hospital were outstanding, along with the staff and nurses of Hoffman Hospice (especially Lydia and Anne). Everyone's care made Wanda feel special. We thank you again for your time, love and care of Wanda. Chapel services will be held at Hillcrest Mortuary on Thursday June 9, 2011 at 12:00 p.m. Viewing will be on Wednesday from 4:00 - 8:00 p.m. at Hillcrest Mortuary. In lieu of flowers the family asks for donations to be made to Hoffman Hospice. Arrangements are Hillcrest Memorial Park & Mortuary, Bakersfield.
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Published in Tulare Adv-Register on June 6, 2011