Wanda Moody

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Wanda Marie Sanders Moody, 83, died at her home in Silsbee, Texas on January 1, 2018. Wanda was born on December 24, 1934 in Anacoco, Louisiana to Troy and Viola Sanders. Her family moved to Lake Charles, Louisiana where she was part of the 1953 Marion High School graduating class and attended Mc- Neese State University. After college, she worked for Mud Supply and KPLC TV before moving with her husband of 60 years, Will Moody, to Moss Bluff, Louisiana where she lived for the next 40 years. After investing in her children as a stay at home mom, she chose to work for the Calcasieu Parish Library System at the Moss Bluff Branch and continued there for 19 years. Reading was one of her great passions, and as a librarian, she delighted in sharing her love of books with others, as well as the fellowship she enjoyed with her coworkers. Wanda was a member of First Baptist Church of Gillis where she was a children’s Sunday School teacher for 20 years and later joined First Baptist Church of Moss Bluff. For the last five years, Wanda lived in Silsbee, Texas near her two children, grandchildren and great grandchildren, and she was a member of First Baptist Church, Silsbee. She was surrounded by her children and grandchildren when she transitioned from this temporal home to her eternal one. Wanda was characterized by her deep and abiding love for her family, as well as her loyalty to them. Known to her grandchildren and great grandchildren as Nana, she poured into them with her time, tenderness and a sweet, gentle touch. Wanda was preceded in death by her son Richard Keith Moody, parents Troy and Viola Sanders, brother Carl Sanders, sister in law Dorothy Sanders and great granddaughter Annie Ruth Rowell. She is survived by her husband Will Moody, son and daughter in law Scott and Lori Moody, and daughter Jennifer Moody Exum of Silsbee, Texas, brother and sister in law Jerry and Cordelia Sanders of Tahlequah, Oklahoma, sister in law Catherine Sanders of Jenkins, Missouri, brother and sister in law Jack and Madeline Sanders of Victorville, California. Also, she leaves a legacy through her grandchildren Wes and Heather Moody of Lumberton, Texas, Lauren and Chad Rowell of Princeton, Texas, Mary Moody of Washington, D. C., Alexander and Emily Exum of Silsbee, Texas, along with five great grandchildren. Wanda’s family would especially like to thank Brittany Doffoney for her kind, tender, gentle and consistent care of Wanda over the last two years. Brittany’s help allowed Wanda’s family to care for her at home, and her watchcare over Wanda was critical in helping them meet her needs. Also, the Moody family is thankful for Libby Tolleson who not only provided physical therapy twice a week but also gave Wanda a genuinely joyful respite from dementia. Brittany and Libby greatly impacted Wanda, and their respect for her was sincere and appreciated. Will and his children are deeply grateful to Affinity Hospice for helping with Wanda’s end of life experience at home. They truly understand the mission of hospice and were necessary in letting her enter eternity with dignity and value. While the family is heartbroken, they are not in despair. Wanda had a deep and abiding relationship with Christ, and she loved Him faithfully. Her hope, as well as her family’s hope, is in His promise for victory over death and eternity with Him and each other. Viewing for Wanda S. Moody will be on Wednesday, January 3rd from 5pm to 7pm at Farmer Funeral Home in Silsbee, Texas. The service celebrating her life will be Thursday, January 4th at 10am at First Baptist Church in Silsbee with a graveside service to follow at 3pm at Mitchell Cemetery in Anacoco, Louisiana.

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