Wanda Jan Edwards
August 18, 1932 – October 1, 2018
TEMPLE – Wanda Jan Edwards, 86, passed away peacefully on Oct. 1, 2018 in Temple, TX.
Wanda’s remains will be interred at the Edwards Ireland Cemetery in Ireland, TX, where she joins her family and a host of ancestors on ranch land once owned by her great grandfather.
A private graveside service will be scheduled at a future date.
Wanda was born on Aug. 18, 1932, in Levita to Johnnie O’Dell (J.O.) and Marjorie Marial (Lady) Wilson Edwards.
She attended elementary school in Levita and secondary schools in Beaumont and Fort Worth graduating from Polytechnic High School. She received a bachelor of science and master of education
degrees from Texas Wesleyan College (University).
Wanda was an outstanding athlete in the Fort Worth City recreation leagues in both basketball and softball. She earned all-state and all-regional softball player in both Texas Amateur Athletic Federation and Amateur Athletic Union tournaments and participation.
She was named most outstanding player in both divisions. Her softball team participated in three world championship tournaments, finishing in the top bracket each year. Wanda was a participant in the Texas Amateur Golf Association tournaments under the tutelage of Smiley Rowland at Glen Garden Country Club in Fort Worth.
Upon completion of her bachelor’s degree in 1955, she moved to Bowie where she coached the Bowie High School girl’s basketball team to the Class AA Championship at the state tournament in Austin. Her tennis and volleyball teams were also crowned AA champions while she was at Bowie. On Sept. 21, 2018, Wanda was inducted into Bowie High School’s Hall of Honor in recognition of her coaching achievements.
Wanda returned to the Fort Worth area as a teacher, coach and administrator in the Fort Worth Independent School District for 31 years, retiring in 1989 as an administrator at Meadowbrook Middle School. During her time at Meadowbrook, she co-directed the annual talent show, “Stars Over Meadowbrook.” The auditorium is named in her honor.
She served as co-director for the junior athletic programs for the Fort Worth Parks and Recreation Department for 19 years. During the same time, she served as co-director of the Southwest Conference Track meets and the state and national AAU and TAAF meets in Texas.
She enjoyed a retirement full of various activities from breeding, raising, and racing quarter and thoroughbred horses with her friends at the HSE Horse Ranch in Lake Worth, participating in various sports such as trout fishing, hunting and horse racing and visiting with friends and relatives.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Mr. and Mrs. J.O. Edwards, and brother, Billy Jack Edwards.
She is survived by her sister-in-law, Carol Ann Amberson Edwards; niece, Jacqueline Carol Edwards, Temple; nephew, Stacey Scott Edwards and wife, Diane Marie Greene Edwards and grand-niece, Bethany Ann Edwards all of Morgan’s Point Resort; grand-nephew John Robert Edwards, San Antonio; and numerous relatives, and many life-long and cherished friends.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials be made to the: American Liver Foundation, 5605 FM 423, Suite 500-353. Frisco, Texas 75034, First Methodist Church, PO Box 773, Temple, Texas 76503, or the charity of your choice.
Dossman Funeral Home
Belton, TX | 254-933-2525