Wanda Louise Christian, 91, of Norman, died unexpectedly July 07, 2018 while napping in her room as the sun had begun to set outside of her window. Wanda was born to the late Harry and Ruby Walter on December 02, 1926 in Snomac, Oklahoma and was the third of their seven children. Most of her childhood was spent in the Seminole area attending Wolf Schools and graduating High School in Cashion where her family had moved just prior to her Senior year. She attended Central State College in Edmond, Oklahoma where she majored in Business and Home Economics, and obtained her lifetime teachers license. It was during this time that she met the love of her life, Ralph Christian, whom she would marry in 1948 and remain a loving partner for 68 years.
Wanda worked for the Department of Defense in Colorado Springs, Colorado after she and Ralph’s teaching careers were abruptly stopped by Ralph’s recall to service during the Korean Conflict. When they returned to Oklahoma they established a home in Midwest City, Oklahoma and she worked at Tinker Air Force Base prior to starting a family. She returned to teaching and taught English at Jarman Jr. High School for 21 years, retiring in 1989.
Throughout her life in Midwest City and until her death in Norman, Wanda enjoyed a close and loving connection to her siblings and their families, many close friendships, and participated in both Bridge and Garden Clubs, both of which she continued until her death. While their lives in Midwest City were rich, they began a new chapter and relocated to Norman in 2008 where they lived in their new home until Ralph’s passing in 2017. After Ralph’s death Wanda made the decision to move to Rivermont Independent Living where she enjoyed making new friends as well as staying in touch by telephone with her friends in Midwest City. The changes in her life after Ralph’s passing were difficult but she handled them with both grace and acceptance.
Wanda will be greatly missed. She was the consummate wife, mother, and grandmother who enjoyed cooking delicious meals for her family, as well as being a talented seamstress who created clothes for herself and her family. She is survived by three sisters: Rita Hummell, Leona Hildebrand, and JoAnn Mulligan, sister in law Jan Walter, daughter Lisa Long (and her husband Vic), son Kurt Christian, grandchildren Alexa Long, Victor Long, and Camille Christian, as well many nieces and nephews.