Daily Progress, Jacksonville, TX

December 27, 2012

Wanda Mae Roberts Sandefer

Jacksonville Daily Progress

JACKSONVILLE — Wanda Mae Roberts Sandefer, age 79, fondly known as Maw-Maw by her grandchildren and great grandchildren went with the angels to be with her Lord on Mon., Dec. 24, 2012.  She was born in Gladewater to Thomas W. and Vera Roberts on July 12, 1933.

Wanda is preceded in death by her parents Thomas W. and Vera Roberts, her brother Billy Roberts and her husband Cecil Sandefer Jr. who was the love of her life; they spent 53 happy years together and she remained alone after his death waiting to be reunited with him.  Wanda was an amazing woman whose family meant everything to her.  She was quiet and gentle but could hold her own with anyone.  She was very dedicated to everything she did.  She was an animal lover and had such a giving heart.  Her miniature schnauzer Shasta was a great comfort to her while she was battling her many illnesses.  Wanda loved to be a mom and her four kids were her world.  She always made herself available for her children and would do anything for them.  She has a beautiful soul, a huge heart and a kind, gentle spirit.  What an amazing mother, grandmother, sister and friend.  She gave her children pure love as well as her open-minded, free-thinking nature. She was also a wonderful grandmother and loved her grandchildren so much.  We all adored her and will miss her forever.

Wanda is survived by her four grandchildren Leah Weaver and husband Steve from Rusk, Bill (Bubba) and wife Pam from Jacksonville, Jack and wife Sherri from Cisco and Brenda Lege and husband Jeff from Angleton; eight grandchildren Stacey Gillespie and husband Jeff of Rusk, Kelly Hall and husband Jeff of Rusk, Paul Sandefer of Lake Jackson, Jack Sandefer Jr. of Cisco, Tina Brooks and husband Ben of Angleton, Jesse Sandefer of Cisco, Taris Lege of New Orleans, LA, and Yvette Alvarado and husband Clayton of Richwood; fourteen great grandchildren Erika, Bradley, Trista, Miranda, Dakota, Joshua, Brittani, Colten, Dalten, Paige, Zake, Tyler, Hayden, and Alayna;  and four great-great grandchildren Carter, Cash, Canyon, and Sophie.

Wanda was lifetime member of Unity Missionary Baptist Church of Richwood.  Upon retirement of 35 years as an agent for Trailways Buslines, Wanda relocated to East Texas where she joined Faith Memorial Baptist Church of Ironton and remained a member there until she moved to Rusk to make Oakland Missionary Baptist Church her final church home.

The visitation for Wanda will be Friday evening, Dec. 28 from 5 - 7 p.m. at Autry Funeral Home in Jacksonville.  Services will be held at 2 p.m., Sat., Dec. 29,  in the chapel at Autry Funeral Home, Jacksonville, with Rev. Jamie Hogan and Rev. R.S. Dyess officiating, with her burial following at Earle’s Chapel Cemetery in Jacksonville.

The last three years of Wanda’s life were spent in the care of her daughter Leah and her husband Steve.  She was surrounded by her family with love and laughter and many happy times.  She has left us all with a great legacy never to be forgotten.  Love God first, then your family, serve others, share what you have, never judge another and to especially be affectionate and always have a sense of humor.

Our family sends a special thank you to Grace Home HealthCare for the continuous care of our mom and grandmother for the last 10 years.  She loved each and every one of you with Brandi being on the top of the list.  Thank you all so much.

“That which is lovely never dies but remains in our hearts forever.  May the beauty and love be reflected through our lives in honor of their precious memory.”