OBITUARY

Wanda Carol (Maness) Hanson

May 7, 1956April 27, 2021
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Wanda Carol Hanson (Maness), age 64, passed away April 28, 2021 at Family Tree Assisted Living in Pflugerville, Texas. Visitation will be held on Saturday, May 8th from 9 a.m. – 11 a.m. at Crawford-Bowers Funeral Home, 211 W. Ave B in Copperas Cove, Texas. Funeral services will be in the chapel of Crawford-Bowers Funeral Home at 11 a.m., Saturday, May 8th, followed by burial at the Copperas Cove City Cemetery at 405 E. Ave A.

Wanda was born May 7, 1956 in Cheverly, Maryland to John and Agnes Maness. As a child in a military family, she lived in Maryland, Germany and New Jersey before finally settling in Copperas Cove, Texas where she graduated from Copperas Cove High School in 1976. Wanda married William Arthur Hanson on June 4, 1988 at the VFW Post 8577 in Copperas Cove, Texas. Willie and Wanda were happily married for 29 years until Willie’s passing on June 7, 2017.

Volunteering was a large part of Wanda’s life and she often spent her time serving others. During her younger years, Wanda was a Girl Scout and served as a candy striper at her local hospital. She could often be found volunteering at Miss Jewell Elementary as a parent volunteer or working with the PTA while her daughter was a student. Wanda was an active member of the VFW Ladies Auxiliary and volunteered many evenings at the VA Hospital in Temple, Texas assisting with resident activities. After many years of involvement with Copperas Cove ISD as a volunteer, Wanda worked as a substitute teacher for the district for many years before accepting a full-time position with the district as a welcome booth attendant in 2004. She enjoyed welcoming visitors and students alike to Copperas Cove High School and remained in that position until 2018.

Wanda was a loyal member of the Copperas Cove High School Pride of Cove Marching Band and Colorguard Booster Club from 2004-2007 and chaperoned at many football games and out of town competitions. She dedicated countless hours to sewing numerous flags for Colorguard shows. Wanda had a love of caring for children of all ages and abilities. Beginning in her youth and throughout her life, Wanda provided childcare to families who would become like family. During her many years with CCISD, she could be found in classrooms of any level or ability. Although Wanda only had two children, she considered all children in her care her “kids.”

Wanda is remembered for her kind and loving spirit and her desire to help others any way she could. Many lives have been touched by her influence and carry her spirit with them.

Wanda is survived by her daughter Geah Hanson of Copperas Cove, Texas, step-son William Hanson II of Fort Collins, Colorado, brother John Maness of Copperas Cove, Texas, brother Charles Maness of Copperas Cove, Texas, sister Phyllis Rodriguez-Torres of Gatesville, Texas, brother William Maness of Copperas Cove, Texas, sister Deborah Maness of Gatesville, Texas, and step-granddaughter Kamia Hanson of Fort Collins, Colorado along with many other extended family members.

She is predeceased by her husband William Hanson, father John Maness and mother Agnes High.

Services

  • Visitation

    Saturday, May 8, 2021

  • Funeral Service

    Saturday, May 8, 2021

  • Burial To Follow

    Saturday, May 8, 2021

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Kurt Poulin

May 7, 2021


Our first and only airplane trip was to Texas for Wanda's wedding. I do not like to fly and only because it was Wanda, did we board a plane. We had a wonderful time and were treated like we were a royal family. We loved seeing the pictures of us with Willie and Wanda at their wedding on the memory page. We will carry this memory in our hearts and soul forever. She was a dear niece, with that beautiful red hair. I will miss her phone calls to catch up on the family there and up here in Maryland. Rest in peace Wanda! Love you and God Bless!! Kurt and Annie

Dona Thompson

May 7, 2021

Wanda will always have a very special place in my heart. She babysat my two girls for two years and I knew they were in great hands. She was always loving with them and so conscientious. When I had to move to Germany I knew I wanted to thank her and we took her to Orlando with us. She flew back to Texas and we flew to Germany. Wanda always sent Christmas cards because she loved the girls so much. Then a few years ago there was a knock on my door and there was Wanda - she was able to see that newborn baby that she took care of, all grown up into a beautiful woman. She was truly touched to see her, and we were thrilled to see Wanda. Now I have a recent memory to think about. ❤️

Lisbeth Hammes

May 7, 2021

I enjoyed helping Wanda during her trips to the grocery store, with her love! They both were very much in love and it showed in their interactions with each other. She was always so happy and she would pick out several magazines to have in the booth while she worked at Copperas Cove High School. She and her husband would glow with pride when they spoke of their daughter Geah, who was very active in the Color Guard at the High School. Many years later, I finally met Geah as she worked as a dispatcher for myself and my colleagues at the Copperas Cove Police Department. Geah dedicated her life to caring for Wanda after her father’s passing and she did it with such grace! I know her parent’s are even more proud of her, her accomplishments, and everything she has worked so hard to do! Hugs to you sweet Geah, I hope you find peace in knowing your mom is free and no longer in pain! You did such an amazing job caring for her, a task many will never understand and only you know the struggles of!

GLENDA RYSER

May 6, 2021

I see these lovely photos and smile and cry. Wanda was such a beautiful soul who will be missed so very much. I know she's happy to be reunited with her honey in Heaven. Geah, I am always here for you! I'll hunt thru my HOSTS photos and see what I have as well. Much love to you!

Desmine Kee

May 6, 2021

Mrs. Hanson was and amazing band/color guard mom. She supported you with open arms and treated of as if you were one of her own kids. I will never forget her beautiful soul and what a privilege it has been to know her and be loved by her.

Verna Jones

May 5, 2021

I first met Wanda at Copperas Cove High School. As we got to know one another, she would stop by the office when she got off to wait on her husband to pick her up . She was crafty and made beautiful craft items and shared them with us. Occasionally when I was on break I would go out to visit with her when she was working. I remember when Geah graduated from college; now that was her proudest moment. I remember also when she told me about her Geah getting a job with the Copperas Police Dept...another proud moment for her. Prayers for Geah and the family.

Joel Conley

May 5, 2021

Wanda volunteered at Miss Jewell Elementary at the Library
when I had my Book Fairs and was always reliable to do whatever I asked of her. She was so very proud of her daughter Geah.

Joel S. Conley
Reference Specialist at Copperas Cove Public Library

Daniel Dodson

May 3, 2021

I had the wonderful privilege of working alongside Wanda at Copperas Cove High School. Wanda always had a kind smile and a warm greeting for everyone. She brightened people’s days. Wanda took time to listen to kids and see how they were doing. She will be missed.

Kathy Duncan

May 3, 2021

Wanda , had the biggest heart I have ever seen. She asked every day if any one at the high school needed help. She shared a fond
relationship with my husband Daniel Duncan who was also a
Welcome booth attendant. They shared stories of the past day
events which was usually about someone parking the wrong way or
looking for information on how to get to Bulldawg events. Teachers
could always count on her for any help they needed. She often helped me in the bookroom, filing, sorting copies or taking in books.
She was very much missed when she had to retire and left a whole that could not be filled.
God bless, we will all be together again someday.

Glenda Ryser

April 29, 2021

Oh Geah, I am so sorry for your loss. I am so sad. I loved your momma so very much! My heart is hurting with you! I have such great memories of her at Miss Jewell and us living around the corner from y'all. She was the most dependable person we had in HOSTS and was always willing to help with PTA, bake sales, Santa's Secret Shop, book sales, anything you asked of her. She gave the best hugs! She came and supported me when my dad died in 2012. I have so many other memories. I'm with you in spirit! Much love, Glenda

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