Wanda May Worley Elerson was born Oct. 12, 1931, in Mountain View, Okla., to J.B. and Elmettie (Smith) Worley. She passed from this life on Sept. 3, 2019, in Ben Wheeler.
Wanda lived in Oklahoma until she was 16 years old. Her dad moved them back to Texas and they lived in Glenn Heights just south of DeSoto.
She met Arvis Elerson, the man of her life, in 1948, and they were united in marriage on March 24, 1950. Wanda was the first girl to graduate from Lancaster High School who was married.
The superintendent, J. E. Dawson, took her to his office and asked her to sit down. He said, “Wanda, we all know Arvis and the faculty and I believe you two will do well together. We will let you stay in school, but you leave marriage at home and when you go home, leave school at school.” She had two more months before graduation, and she did as Mr. Dawson said.
Wanda was preceded in death by her parents and infant daughter, Bonita Faye Elerson. She is survived by her husband, Arvis C. Elerson; sons, Arvis Clayton Elerson, Jr., Joe Earl Elerson and wife, Sherry, Kenneth Ray Elerson and wife, Glenda, and Alan Clark Elerson; daughter, Juanita May Walker and husband, Greg; brothers, Billy Worley and wife, Norma Jo, J. B. Worley, Jr.: sisters, Janie Vineyard, Helen Kelm and husband, Roger; Betty Venette and husband, Lucky; 15 grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; and one great-great grandchild.
A Celebration of Life was held Saturday, Sept. 7, at Byrum Funeral Home. Interment was in Rawlins Cemetery.