Wandalee Long (Campbell) Fontaine, 85, of Amarillo, TX peacefully passed from this earth to her eternal heavenly home on January 9, 2021, at the BSA Hospital. The family plans a private memorial service at Boxwell Brothers.
Wandalee was born in Amarillo on May 20, 1935, to H. L. and Wanda Long (Mimi) and was a life-long member of the First Baptist Church. As a child, Wandalee and her family simply had to walk across the street to attend worship services. Though her family address changed numerous times over the years, First Baptist Church remained her church home.
Wandalee raised her four children, Louise, Lori, Susan, and Scott with a heart devoted to love and service for Christ. If the doors of First Baptist Church were open, then the Campbells were there. Her faithfulness was a great gift to all. She was a dedicated volunteer as an English as a Second Language teacher, a Sunbeam leader for five-year-olds, a Bible Study leader for teens, and a summer camp counselor in Ponderosa, Colorado.
A 1953 graduate of Amarillo high school, she was on the debate team and was chosen as the Future Farmers of America (FFA) sweetheart her senior year. Wandalee went on to complete the program at Draughon’s Business College. All served her well.
Proud to be employed by a notable and meaningful organization, Wandalee worked for Cal Farley’s Boys Ranch from 1972 to 1990. In the years before her retirement, she represented the Ranch across the country as the Planned Giving Administrator. During her career, she participated in the Amarillo Chapter of the International Pilot’s Club for Business Women and the Panhandle Professional Women organization.
Wandalee’s family is so grateful for her perseverance and work ethic., And, oh, she had amazing talents as a seamstress and cross-stitcher. She made clothes for herself and her children, including school dance formals, choir “uniforms”, Lori’s wedding dress, Scott’s costumes for high school dramas, as well as fabulous wardrobes for the menagerie of their favorite dolls. Beautiful framed pieces of her cross-stitched artwork will be cherished for years to come.
With the birth of her first grandchild, Matthew, Wandalee became known as “Honey” to family and family friends.
In 1990, Wandalee married the love of her life, John B. Fontaine, and moved to his home in Kerrville, Texas. There, “Honey” taught Megan the joy of fresh Texas peaches. Wandalee and Jack shared a love for traveling, taking road trips around the country stopping to visit family, and going on cruises to explore the world. She resided in Kerrville until her husband’s death in 1998.
Upon her return to Amarillo the following year, she found a refreshed sense of belonging in her home town and church. With a love for Christian missions, she traveled to the Holy Lands to walk where Jesus walked and to Russia to teach what Jesus taught. She served as a Vacation Bible School assistant and a server for Kid’s Café, an FBC after-school meal program at Margaret Wills Elementary School.
At that time, a life-long friend invited Wandalee to become a volunteer at North West Texas Hospital Auxiliary. She found a calling and worked diligently with others to sustain the valuable resource of volunteers at NWTHS. She served as the president of the organization 2009 -2010. Through the Auxiliary – In Service she updated members on policies and protocols and refreshed rules and regulations. She greeted patients and visitors at the front desk of the Heart Hospital for many years. Wandalee also served the Amarillo community as board secretary for Second Chance, a private foundation that helped fund equipment for people with mobility issues. She was known as quite the stickler for Robert’s Rules of Order.
Wandalee was a gracious hostess often gathering family, friends, and loved ones in her home. In 2019 she moved to Brookdale Medi Park West, recognizing her welcoming demeanor and flair for hospitality, they named her an ambassador.
Wandalee’s strength, her steadfastness, and her smile will be remembered by all who knew and loved her.
Wandalee was preceded in death of her parents, husband, “Jack” Fontaine; brother, Hack Long; and beloved pet, “Annie.” She is survived by her children: Louise Osteen and her husband, Wayne, of Amarillo; Lori Russell and her husband, Randy, of Knoxville, Tennessee; Susan Campbell of Columbus, Ohio; and Scott Campbell and his wife, Mary Hall Rodman of Asheville, North Carolina. She is also survived by a grandson, Matthew Anderson (Alicia); a granddaughter, Megan Guthrie; granddog, Sara Lee Russell; a grandcat, Tess; a great-granddaughter; a great-grandson; and great-granddogs.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to First Baptist Church’s Single Parent Family Fund.