Funeral services celebrating the life of Wanda Johnson Stinson, 79, will be held at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 27, 2012 at Cornerstone Baptist Church in Cotton Valley. Officiating will be Reverend Frank DeLoach of Cornerstone Baptist and Dr. Pat Day of First United Methodist Church of Shreveport. Interment will follow in Cotton Valley Cemetery under the direction of Bailey Funeral Home, Springhill.
Visitation will be held from 5 until 8 p.m. today (Monday Nov. 26, 2012) at Bailey Funeral Home in Springhill.
Wanda was born Oct. 18, 1933 in Pine Bluff, Arkansas to William Leslie Johnson and Doris Helen Goggans Johnson. She moved to Cotton Valley at the age of 15. She was a graduate of Cotton Valley High School and Louisiana Tech University, where she earned a Bachelors and a Masters Degree in education.
Wanda had many passions. She loved God, her family and friends and perhaps most importantly her school children. She taught 2nd and 4th grades in Springhill for 54 years. She always asked for the most difficult children in the class because she was convinced that she could "love" them into better behavior. She taught hundreds of children to believe in themselves, to strive for their best, to dance the "Virginia Reel" and to love Where the Red Fern Grows. Wanda Stinson was a life changer.
"Mam," as she was lovingly known by her granddaughters, was passionate about them. She embraced her role as grandmother with pride. She spent her last day on this earth with her girls doing all the things she loved most... visiting, telling stories, treating them to Icees and sour straws and encouraging them. Wanda Stinson was a life changer.
Wanda was passionate about her beloved husband, Buddy. They were an incredible "team" for 65 years. They met when she was 15 years old and she knew she had found her soulmate.
She was passionate about motherhood. She believed it to be the most important job in the world. She never stopped encouraging, believing or supporting her daughter. Wanda Stinson was a life changer.
She was preceeded in death by her parents; her brother, Harold W. Johnson; and her sister, Joan Leslie Johnson.
Left to cherish beautiful memories of Wanda are her beloved husband of 58 years, Rufus Benjamin "Buddy" Stinson; daughter, Waynette S. Ballengee of Shreveport; and granddaughters, Jordan Elizabeth Sandefur of Houston, Texas and Morgan Stinson Ballengee of Shreveport.
Honoring Wanda as pallbearers will be Bob Colvin, John Slattery, Jimmy Ratliff, DeWayne Stanley, Ted Souter, Andrew Dalton, Jim Hall and Scott Danvers. Honorary pallbearers will be all of her former students.
The family wishes to thank the entire staff at Springhill Medical Center, the MICU nursing staff at LSUMC, Dr. Robert Barrish and Dr. Anil Nanda.
Donations honoring her life may be sent to Cornerstone Baptist Church, Vacation Bible School Fund, the Gingerbread House or the charity of choice.
"I teach for that Great Supervisor
Who looks down from his desk in the sky
And says a young child
Will lead you to that great
School room on high
I teach for the look in the
Eyes of a child who holds
Its face up to me searching
For love, hope, and all
They want me to be"
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