Wanda grew up in Olar, SC, and graduated from Jefferson Davis Academy. Her love of serving people led her to careers at the Bamberg County Hospital and Piggly Wiggly of Williston before she committed her full-time devotion to nurturing her children in the home. She was first married to the late Bill Thomas, and together they shared a daughter, Pattie Thomas. On March 19, 1995, Wanda married her husband of twenty-six years, Rodney A. Morris, and together, they shared a son and her “loving baby boy,” Rodney T. Morris. Wanda immersed herself in all her children’s activities and was their number one fan as they blossomed into young adults. She applied everything that she learned about being a wonderful mother, from her own mother. She loved unconditionally, helped, forgave, and supported her children in all their education, activities, dreams, and life endeavors. Wanda knew that her mother sought the Lord’s guidance when raising her family, and she too, prayed that God would guide her in her most rewarding and fulfilling role. It was her biggest hope that her children would also seek the Lord to guide them.
Wanda enjoyed the small and simple things in life. She found beauty in all God’s creations. She loved to interact with the birds, enjoyed quiet time on her deck with her “porch buddy” chameleons, gazed at butterflies and enjoyed the plants and flowers that she was gifted in growing. Her sanctuary was outside among nature and she never took for granted the smallest of blessings that surrounded her. As a proud “Navy brat,” Wanda became fond of the ocean at an early age and loved to spend time with family at the beach, saltwater fishing, or collecting shells. Wanda also enjoyed collecting “pretties” and treasured her collections of angels, dolls, and figurines. She was gifted in the art of crocheting and shared her creations with friends near and far. She loved serving alongside her Daddy at the family Christmas tree farm. She loved “comfort foods” that friends would make especially for her, including peach cobblers, pound cakes, and anything chocolate. She was a devoted and patriotic American who was passionate about many Veteran organizations.
Above all else, Wanda’s love for the Lord radiated from within her. She was totally unashamed to profess Jesus Christ as her Lord and Savior. She accepted Jesus into her heart at an early age and joined Olar First Baptist Church, where she served for many years. She continued her service to the Lord “behind the scenes” as she ministered to ladies with cards and handmade gifts. She was devoted to providing goodies and religious books to the children in the Hilda community each holiday. Wanda was a quiet, but devoted ministry and prayer partner. She spent much time in prayer, studying her Bible, memorizing and writing passages of scripture. Wanda humbly embodied the virtues of a Proverbs 31 woman and those of the fruits of the Spirit.
Wanda selflessly loved and nurtured deeply. The evidence was in the care and compassion shown to her by her husband and son in her final weeks. She was grateful to her “Sweetie” and to her “Bubba” for their selfless care of her. They had learned from the best. One of Wanda’s favorite scripture passages was Matthew 11:28-30 “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.” We rejoice knowing that Wanda is now completely healed, no longer weary, no longer burdened, and sitting at the feet of Jesus in Paradise. You will be missed, sweet, precious angel.
Wanda is survived by her loving husband, Rodney A. Morris, beloved son, “Lil Rodney” Rodney T. Morris, daughter Pattie (Steven) Grey, grandson Thomas Grey, Daddy Charles W. Taylor, brother Toug (Wylene) Taylor, father and mother-in-law B.A. and Hazel Morris, brothers and sisters-in law Sean (Karen) Morris, Michelle (Todd) Coker, and many nieces, nephews, friends, and family that she loved and adored.
A private memorial service for immediate family is being planned. Mole Funeral Home of Barnwell is assisting the family. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Hilda First Baptist Church Youth and Children’s Ministry, Post Office Box 59, Hilda, SC 29813.
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