Wanda Fullingim Smith-March 28, 2011

Wanda Fullingim Smith, 85, of Amarillo died on Monday, March 28, 2011.
Services will be at 11:00 a.m. on Thursday, March 31, 2011 at the First Baptist Church with Dr. W. Winfred Moore, Pastor Emeritus, officiating.  Private family burial will be at Llano Cemetery.  Arrangements are by Boxwell Brothers Funeral Directors, 2800 Paramount Blvd.
Wanda was an only child who was born in Dallas where she attended the Centennial Texas State Fair in 1936.
Her grandmother immigrated from Ireland.
After moving to Cleburne by way of Hereford, Wanda was elected president of her senior class at Cleburne High.  One of her high school interests was photography- a craft she mastered producing many photo albums.
She married her first husband, Jim when she was eighteen years old.  After he graduated from Baylor Law School, in 1949 they spent a year living and working in New York City while he attended Columbia University.
Wanda also attended Baylor University as a home economics major.  Later she earned two masters degrees- one in American History, studying the American Revolution and the other in English Literature, studying Shakespearian writings from West Texas State University.
For twenty-five years, she taught freshman composition and ran the English lab at West Texas State University.  While there, Wanda and a colleague collaborated on a text book, Write This Way, a complete guide to college-level grammar and writing which was published by McGraw-Hill.
After her husband Jim passed away, she met and married her second husband, Dallas, in 1979.
Wanda taught Sunday school at First Baptist Church in Amarillo until just a few years ago- a total of almost forty years.  She was also on the Board of Trustees at Wayland Baptist University.
She was preceded in death by her husbands, Jim F. Fullingim and Dallas Smith.
Survivors include two sons, John Fullingim and wife Kristin of Dallas and Dr. James Fullingim and wife Chestene of Killeen; a step-son, Dick Smith and wife Terri of Denton; numerous grandchildren, great grandchildren and nieces and nephews.
The family suggests memorials be made to BSA Hospice, P.O. Box 950, Amarillo, TX 79105.

0 Replies to “Wanda Fullingim Smith-March 28, 2011”

  1. I was a senior citzen student of Wanda’s in 1990-1991, and a teaching assistant in the English dept. from 1992-1994. Wanda was a great help to me when I was hired to teach two freshman English classes. She was a lovely person, inside and out. It was a privilage to know her, and I am sorry for your loss.

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