Wanda Jeanne Earnest Shadle was born in Canyon, TX on April 26,1932 to Wiley and Bessie Lee Earnest. Mr Earnest was a Minister of Music and moved the family to the Beaumont, TX area when Wanda was still young. Her mom played organ and piano so Wanda came by her musical ability naturally. Wanda played the trombone and was a twirler for French High School in Beaumont. She attended Lamar College for a while before deciding to pursue being a nurse and moved to Houston and went to Lillie Jolly School of Nursing. While there she was sang in a nurses trio and they all started attending First Baptist Church, Houston and sang in the choir there. On her first day at choir rehearsal, Wanda spotted Ralph Shadle across the choir loft and decided then that was the man she was going to marry. Wanda played piano for the Wednesday night services for many years at FBC Downtown. She also played the organ when needed. She played for quite a few weddings and funerals too and even taught piano lessons in her home for a while. Wanda continued to sing in the choir at HFBC and was in every Christmas presentation for over 30 years in a row until she got ill a couple of years ago.
A visitation will be held on Monday, September 30, 2019 from 10:00 AM until Service time at 11:00 AM in the Chapel of First Baptist Church, 7401 Katy Freeway, Houston, Texas 77024.
A reception will follow with the Graveside Service at 3:00 PM at Forest Park Westheimer Road, Houston, Texas 77077.
(In lieu of flowers, please consider donating to the Gerald and Trevelyn Ray Mission Fund or the Music Ministry at Houston's First Baptist Church.)