Wanda Louis (Parks) Ousley

Wanda Louise (Parks) Ousley
Wanda Louise (Parks) Ousley

Wanda Louise (Parks) Ousley (11-01-1933 to 11-13-2019, passed at age 86).

Graveside services will be at 11:00 a.m., Monday, November 18, 2019 in Llano Cemetery with Glen Walton officiating.  Arrangements are by Boxwell Brothers Funeral Directors, 2800 Paramount Blvd.

Born November 1st, 1933 in Sulphur Oklahoma to Avis (Av-lss) and Pink Parks.     Her Father died from illness when she was just 3 years old.  She had an older brother (also named Pink, after his Dad) and a younger sister, Patricia (by her stepfather, Ross Wommack).   She grew up among many friends and family.        A long-suffering, sweet natured woman, yet she had an underlying streak of old-fashioned Sooner stubbornness and practicality.    A child of the depression era, she knew how to scrimp and save, stretching a dollar for all it was worth.

She graduated high school in the late 40’s, briefly attended a small local college near her home in Oklahoma, then transferred to Abilene Christian College, studying English, literature and education.    There she met and married our Dad, Ray Ousley, a skinny kid from Pampa Texas.      She stayed behind with her mother in Sulphur during Dad’s army training and peace-keeping deployment to South Korea in the mid 1950’s.

Gave birth to her first child in 1956 while Dad was overseas.  When Dad returned, they moved briefly to Fort Worth and then to Dumas, where Dad had a clerical j ob at the local carbon black plant.  Transferred several times, the family lived for a while in Houston, Hobbs New Mexico, back to Houston, the Lake Charles Louisiana area and then returned to Dumas, where they remained until Dad’s death in October of 2013.

Since then, she has lived with her sons in Amarillo, as the effects of dementia took hold.  Her hearty Sooner stock maintained her overall health, even after two bad falls, until she was suddenly overtaken by a massive septic infection and passed peacefully into the next life last Wednesday afternoon, just 12 days after her 86th birthday.

Two Children, both boys, Ray Jr. And Todd. Homemaker and occasional substitute schoolteacher.

Loved to read, especially works by modern mystery writers, but with an abiding love of Shakespeare, Edgar Allen Poe and other classic writers.                 Enjoyed the music of such artists as Pat Boone, Andy Williams and John Gary (back in the day).     She passed on her love of both literature and music to her children and encouraged our Dad’s singing. (including his barbershop quartet days).

Loved to cook, read and travel.     A constant doodler, often filling pages with random shapes and patterns.    (She disliked being idle.)

Taught Sunday school most of her adult life and often assisted Dad in preparing his own bible class lessons and song lists for leading the song service at church.

Loved to travel and enjoyed shopping, especially on Saturdays, often spending hours in department stores and malls looking for things for herself and her family, usually more the latter.

She always put her family ahead of her own interests. When Dad suffered a major stroke, she remained constantly at his side for sixteen years throughout his decline. When she became ill recently, practically her first words to her sons was something like, “Take care of yourselves”. That was her to a T.

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