Wanda Kimble Wharton was born on October 7, 1921, in Roswell, New Mexico . She married Earl Wharton in Cleburne, Texas, on August 14, 1944. They had two daughters, Faye Arlene and Raena Celeste.
Wanda dearly loved animals. In fact, she loved all living creatures and believed they each deserved a place in this world. For Earl Wharton's well-known rodeo act, Wanda was an integral part in keeping the dogs and monkey healthy and Earl's suitcase packed. She kept everything together on the home front while he traveled. She was the stabilizing force in the whirlwind that was her family.
Wanda enjoyed taking care of others, both human and animal. She was compassionate to all. She was a woman of many talents and the absolute epitome of independence. Wanda could bake a cake and sew a prom dress, but she could also run a trotline and shoot and field dress a deer. Wanda thrived on music. She learned to play the fiddle and steel guitar. She was a great dancer, anything from a waltz to the Russian Cossack dance to tap dance. Her first income earned was for dancing the Charleston with her mother's fiddle band.
Wanda and Earl lived in San Saba County for more than fifty years. During that time, Wanda tooled many beautiful belts and billfolds. She drove a school bus and was a substitute teacher. She took up golf and was named the Ladies' Championship Golfer. She began painting landscapes in recent years, and like everything else she undertook, she excelled at this as well. Most of all, she was a friend to many and an inspiration to her daughters.
Wanda was preceded in death by her daughter Faye Arlene Wharton Robinson and her husband Earl Wharton. On September 17,2011, her strong, brave heart simply stopped beating so she could move on. Wanda was a Christian and she comforted in knowing she would be welcome in heaven. She will be missed by many and will forever serve as an example for everyone of how to live life to its fullest with absolutely no fear.