Wanda G. Wathen

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Wanda Glyn Johnson Wathen, 82, of Conroe, Texas transitioned from this earth on Tuesday, April 21, 2015 at 6:40 PM in Fort Worth, Texas surrounded by family.

Wanda was born in the family home July 5, 1932 at 12:15 AM to Winnie Evelyn and Marion Ellis Johnson of Hamilton, Texas. She spent her childhood there and worked in the family grocery and a flower shop before graduating from Hamilton High School in 1951. Upon graduation she lived and worked for a time in Galveston, Texas where she developed her deep love of ocean air and the feel of sand between her toes. In 1954, life took her to Tulsa, Oklahoma where she worked for New York Life Insurance Company before meeting and marrying Denver Jenkins Wathen, Jr. After starting a family they moved to Conroe, Texas in 1969. Wanda was a member of JENA Church and a founding member of Church of the Elohim of Conroe. She dedicated her time to her children and was one of the first Den Mother's for the Boy Scouts of America in Conroe and a Girl Scout leader as well. Once her children were of high school age she returned to the workforce at Doctor's Hospital and stayed till her retirement at age 64.

As a native Texan, Wanda was naturally crafty. She had a wealth of skills she shared with her family over the years including crafting, ceramics, quilting, baking and canning. In her retirement, she had the time to explore other creative avenues. She had 2 published books. One is her children's book "OUTSIDE MY WINDOW". A story of two boys discovering the fun and joy of imagination and the other is a collection of her own recollections of "AUNT RUBY'S STORIES" with a little taste of Texas history. Wanda's last creative pursuit was painting which she began at the age of 79. She sold under the name "Glyn's Collectibles" a collection of folk art, florals and abstracts that now bless and decorate the homes of many across the state and beyond. Wanda was many things to many people but most of all she was was an artist, spiritualist, mentor, and matriarch.

Wanda spent her last 10 days doing exactly what she wanted. Just like Thelma and Louise, she and her sister Marji embarked on a road trip across Texas to visit her siblings and sample the foods, pinch the merchandise and enjoy the scenery of Texas. She surprised her older brother Wade by making an appearance at his 87th birthday party, she held 2 new babies recently born into the family, she wined and dined and visited numerous friends. On Sunday she enjoyed a painting lesson with Pam Aiken Chase in Aledo, Texas. Her last painting, a still life of fruit, sums up her last week perfectly, "Cherry on Top".

Wanda is preceded in death by her parents Marion and Winnie Johnson and her husband Denver Jenkins Wathen Jr. She is survived by her Son Vern Wathen, his wife Ginger, daughters Nikki and Shaina and grandson Noah of Conroe, Daughter Juliana Wathen of Houston, Son Fred Martinez, his wife Olga and granddaughters Julie and Jenny Martinez of Montgomery, Granddaughter Jennifer Childress, husband Greg and Great-granddaughter Riley Childress, Great- grandson Robert Fullen, wife Amanda and Great-great grandchildren Robert II and Payten Fullen as well as all her siblings and extended family.

A Celebration of Life and Memorial will be held on Saturday, May 2 nd at 2:00 P.M. in The Chapel at Conroe Funeral Directors 1504 N. Thompson Street Conroe, Texas 77301.


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Published on yourconroenews.com from Apr. 28 to May 11, 2015