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Lowe-Gardner Funeral Chapel
Monday March 7th, 2022
6:00pm - 8:00pm

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Holy Spirit Catholic Church
Tuesday March 8th, 2022
9:30am - 10:00am

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Mass of Christian Burial

Holy Spirit Catholic Church
Tuesday March 8th, 2022

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Wanda Kay Stephens

Wanda Stephens was a beloved wife, Sister, Mom, and Grandmommie, during her incredible 77 years of life. She passed away peacefully in the early hours of  March 4, 2022, at her home in Holly Lake Ranch, Texas.


A compassionate soul who loved to share the spirit of God,  Wanda was born Wanda Kay Lefler on February 20, 1945 in Dallas, TX.  Her passion for Christ led her to a lifetime of education and helping others. After graduating with a Bachelor of Science in Education from  Dallas Baptist University in 1984, Wanda taught thousands of young people, passing on her love for math in creative and fun ways. She later earned a Masters of Education  from the University of North Texas and continued to challenge her students to “work the problem, no matter how big or small” until retiring in 2014.


Wanda married her highschool sweetheart, B.J. "Mike" Stephens on November 2, 1963. Inseparable from the moment they laid eyes on each other, Mike and Wanda traveled the world, ran marathons, and uplifted their community together for 58 wonderful years of marriage. Their marriage produced two beautiful children, Jeremy and Shelly, who share their mother’s gift of education.


 In her later years, Wanda flourished in her volunteer work as the Choir Director and Religious Education Director for  Holy Spirit Catholic Church in Holly Lake Ranch, Texas. Her beautiful soprano voice uplifted those around her and her talents brought joy to the children she helped guide on their walk with Christ.


Wanda’s unwavering faith in her Heavenly Father, is the foundation upon which she has built her life. She loved to entertain, congregate, celebrate, and support others. Her greatest gift, however, was in her discipleship and the many friends and family who came to know God’s Divine Mercy through knowing Wanda. Many called her, "An Angel Walking the Earth." Her family will miss her astounding, loving, and simple presence in their lives but rejoice in knowing she is at peace and resting as the good and faithful servant she was.  


   Wanda was preceded in death by her parents; brothers Stanley Lefler, Voundy Lefler, and Eugene Lefler. Surviving family includes her loving husband, Mike Stephens; son, Jeremy Stephens and his wife Juanita of Lewisville, Texas; daughter, Shelly Pollard and her husband Jeremy of Tyler, Texas; sister, Walta Evans of Denton, Texas; grandchildren, Sarah Trocolli, Joseph Stephens, Jacob Stephens, Michael Trocolli, II, and Jordyn Pollard, along with many other relatives and friends.


Wanda battled with Metastatic Breast Cancer to the bones for seven years before passing away peacefully. If you would prefer to make a donation in Wanda’s honor, please contact Holy Spirit Catholic Church or the National Breast Cancer Foundation.


   The Stephens family will receive friends at Lowe- Gardner Funeral Home 1102 E. Goode Street in Quitman, Texas Monday, March 7th from 6-8 PM. At 9:30 AM on Tuesday March 8th, 2022, the Knights of Columbus will lead a Rosary before the Mass of Christian Burial at 10:00 AM in the Holy Spirit Catholic Church, 1612 FM2869, Holly Lake Ranch, TX 75765. Following the service, a reception will be held in the St. Jude Hall.

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A candle was lit in memory of Wanda Stephens

Mike Stephens Mar 24 2022 9:01 PM

A candle was lit in memory of Wanda Stephens

Sweet Expressions Mar 16 2022 9:46 AM

When Wanda walked into a room the whole room lit up. She brought joy to everyone. She always gave 100% and then some no matter what she was doing. Blessings to her sweet family. You are in my prayers. ♥️

Judy Deever Mar 11 2022 1:38 AM

Wanda was in my choir at Holy Spirit in Duncanville and cantored for us. She was a lovely person and the heart of her family. She is such a loss for all of you and my heart goes out to you. Praying for all of you.

Karen Birtchet Mar 9 2022 9:21 AM

Sarah put together a great tribute to my Love. Thank you Sarah Bear.

Mike Stephens Mar 8 2022 10:27 PM

Mike and Family, I am so sorry that I was unable to attend Wanda's Service today! My Condolences to each of You! May the Good Lord Wrap You In His Loving Arms and Grant You Peace! Wanda Was A.Very Special Lady To All Who Had The Privilege Of Calling Her A Friend!!!!

Bryant Cawthon Mar 8 2022 7:16 PM

We so appreciated our long time neighbors in Duncanville. May her sweet spirit live on in Jeremy and Shelly. We love you.

Deena Sisco Moody Mar 8 2022 12:39 AM

"I light this candle for my friend, one I often considered a second mother, Mrs Stephens. It's odd that I can't address her by 'Wanda' or another salutation; it seems disrespectful for me to refer to her in any other way. I know she has run into His light and is rejoicing in His presence. I firmly believe he is delighted to have her home. Although I am happy for her for gain and her wings, I still grieve for the loss of your wife and mother...and, of course, my friend. God bless you all."

Doug Stephens Mar 7 2022 4:21 PM

A candle was lit in memory of Wanda Stephens

Doug Stephens Mar 7 2022 4:21 PM

Wanda sang in our choir at Holy Spirit in Duncanville and we rode together for practices. We lived a stone throw away from her and Mike. Our husbands enjoyed jogging. They were both missed when they moved. And now we will miss Wanda being gone even more. She touched the lives of so many including our family.

Joyce and Mike Higgins Mar 7 2022 9:21 AM

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