The Edmond Sun

Obituaries

March 21, 2013

Wanda Webster Lance

EDMOND — Wanda Webster Lance celebrated her 99th birthday on March 18, 2013. On March 19, holding her beloved granddaughter Nicki’s hand, she left her frail little body behind to join loved ones in her ‘mansion just over the hilltop.’

Wanda, known as “Mimi” to her grandchildren, was born in Bentonville, Ark. to William R. and Fay Edwards. She attended Central Baptist College in Conway, Ark., and went to teach in Quay, Okla., where she and her principal, Sam Webster, fell in love. After moving to Oklahoma City with their daughter, Judith Susan, they got the baby brother that “Judy Sue” had prayed so hard for—James Robert Webster. In 1948 they moved to Edmond, Okla. where Sam joined the faculty of Central State College (now UCO). Wanda continued teaching kindergarten in Oklahoma City. In 1952 Wanda and Sam were exchange teachers in England for a year. Dr. Webster was sent to Dacca, East Pakistan, in 1962 by Ford Foundation and OSU, and Wanda taught at the Dacca American Society School. Wanda was named Oklahoma City Teacher of the Year in 1967.

Sam died in 1969. A new chapter began for Wanda in 1984, when she married William R. Lance. Bill and Wanda led an active life through their church, Sunny Lane United Methodist in Del City, their square dancing, and frequent gatherings with their many friends. Bill died in 2009, and Wanda’s final years were spent within the loving care of Warr Acres Nursing home. She was active in many clubs and organizations, giving each her special contribution of enthusiasm and vibrant personality. Wanda outlived not only her husbands but also many of her family and friends, including her son Jim; her sister, Betty Edwards Beaman; and her brother, Col. Bob Edwards.

She is survived by her daughter, Judith Rycroft and daughter-in-law Sandi Webster, as well as seven grandchildren: Nicola Waggoner-Rycroft, Scott Webster, Melisa Brumley, Sam Webster, Jeremiah Webster, Rachel Duke and Stephen Prophater, nine great-grandchildren, and one great-great-grandchild.

Visitation will be 9 a.m. -8 p.m. Saturday, at Memorial Park. Funeral services will be 3 p.m. Monday, March 25, at Memorial Park Funeral Home Chapel with interment to follow at Memorial Park Cemetery. Visit Wanda’s online memorial at www.MemorialParkOKC.com. Services under the direction of Memorial Park Funeral Home; 13313 N Kelley Ave., Oklahoma City, OK 73131.

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