In Loving Memory
Wanda Kay Johnson
Strength and honor are her clothing; and she shall rejoice in time to come. Proverbs 31:25 KJV
Wanda Kay Branch was born in Fort Worth, TX to Wilbert Branch Sr. and Marie Anita (Pettit) Branch on April 22, 1957.
Affectionately known as Tootie, Nay Nay, and Nanny by many. Wanda accepted Jesus Christ at an early age and stood on the promises of God. She was a member of the St. James Ame Church in Lockhart, TX and World Changers Church in Houston, TX.
She lived out the lyrics of her favorite gospel song, “He’ll Do It Again” daily and shared her love for Jesus with all she knew.
Wanda attended school at Lockhart Elementary, Lockhart Junior High and Lockhart High School, where she made many lifelong friends. Wanda was apart of the Lockhart Lions Pep Squad and participated on the Track & Field team where she held records and, won all district in Shot Putt & Discus.
Wanda’s first job was at the Dairy Queen #1 in Lockhart where she worked side by side with her sister Gail & Mother Marie. She later held other positions at Pizza Hut, Dairy Treat, kwines Print shop working alongside her brother Will Branch and a family owner restaurant called “The Silver Platter”. Wanda retired in 2005 working in the Food Service Management industry for the Onslow County school system in Jacksonville, NC where she was a devoted cafeteria manager for White Oak High School. She was a friend and mentor to co-workers but most of all she was a second mother to many of her students.
Wanda had an outgoing and fun-loving spirit that was infectious! She enjoyed cooking for her family, especially her famous enchiladas & rice, spoiling her grandkids and tending to her plants and pets. She spent many days sitting in the driveway with her loving (Lou) “Pee Wee” watching the squirrels eat peanuts they threw out for them to grab. He loved his “Tootie Fruity”. Wanda was always willing to helping many of her family and loved ones whenever possible.
Wanda was called to her heavenly home on Monday, February 6, 2023, surrounded by loved ones.
She is preceded in death by her mother and father, Marie & Wilbert Branch; sister, Oscar Marie Cheatham; sister, Linda Gail Watson; sister, Modestyne Williams; sister, Brenda Branch Duncan; sister, Gwendolyn M. Johnson and, niece D’annette Marie Branch
She is survived by her brothers, Henry E. Branch of Lockhart, TX; Will Branch (Darleen) of Austin, TX; sister, Doris Horsley (Vencen) of Hickory, TN; her three beautiful children, Felicia Dawn Johnson (Daniel) of Rosharon, TX; Anitria Lynn Thomas (Cyrus) of Cypress, TX; and Kevin Jerel Johnson of Cypress, TX. She also had eight grandchildren, Amarein, Christian, Zoey, Alex, Gabriel, Isaiah, Jonathan, and Makayla were Wanda's pride and joy. She loved all her nieces & nephews, Monica Williams, Eric Watson, Dana Martin, Alan Watson, Quentin Branch, Ronda Brooks , Kristy Branch, and Kellie Bailey. She had many cousins, great nieces and nephews who knew just how much she loved them all dearly. Wanda had a unique way of planting seeds of love and encouragement in each of our lives and we will cherish and honor her memory forever.
Wanda’s children would like to send a special thank you to all those who sent their love, support, and prayers. Thank you for the many memories that have been shared about our mother. Please continue to pray for us as we do the same for you. She wasn't just our mom she was a true blessing, friend, lover, sister, mentor, second mom, advisor and loving woman of God to so many as well. So this isn’t goodbye because one day we will all see her again.
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