Wanda Joyce was born on October 25, 1930, to James and Cora Dewbre Langdon in Lorenzo, TX. On September 2, 1947, Wanda married the love of her life, R. J. Sanders in Ralls, Texas.
Wanda was a stay-at-home mom until the fall of 1965 when she started her education career. Teaching children was her passion and it began at Morton Independent School District as a third grade teacher. Several years later she became the fifth grade teacher at Three Way School District. She was loved and adored by her students, many who have commented that she was one of the best.
After her retirement, she and her husband, R. J., moved to the Smyer community to be closer to the medical services available in Lubbock.
She enjoyed reading, watching tennis on TV and watching all of the Gaither Homecoming tapes. Her favorite sports teams were the Dallas Cowboys, San Antonio Spurs and the New England Patriots. Her first priority in life was in serving her Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ. Beginning with the move to Whiteface, she and her husband became one of the founding members of Whiteface Assembly of God. Then with the employment and teaching for Morton schools, they moved and attended Morton Assembly of God. They were always faithful in attendance and support of each pastor who cared for them. The move to the Smyer area led them to the Church of the Harvest Assembly and then the Peoples Church of Shallowater where her “favorite” nephew, Harvey Wampler, was her pastor.
In spite of the many medical issues, she had a strong faith that God would see her through. She has finished her course and is now in the arms of God.
Survivors include her children, Wes Sanders and wife, Doris; Dean Sanders and wife, Vicki; Donna Tanner; DaLoma “Dilly” Horne and husband, Donald; Robbie Hembree; grandchildren, Ron Sanders and wife, Angela; Coy Sanders and wife, Doris; Casey Sanders and wife, Crystal; Wade Tanner and wife, Becca; Dallas Horne and wife, Brittany; Mylon Hembree; Rhonda Moore; Wendy Johnson and husband, Robert; Suzette Perlmutter and husband, Scott; Monika Bray and husband, Lance; Maegan Hembree; Jill Cantu and husband, Mike; 22 great-grandchildren; 2 great-great-grandchildren; sister, Addie Wampler; brother, A. J. Langdon.
She was preceded in death by her parents, James E. and Cora Langdon; husband, R. J. Sanders; son-in-law, Randall Tanner; and great-grandson, Austin Haynes; sisters, Lillian McFadden and Betty McClain; and brother, Paul Wayne Langdon.