Wanda May Worley Elerson


Wanda May Worley Elerson was born October 12, 1931 in Mountain View, Oklahoma to J. B. and Elmettie (Smith) Worley. She passed from this life on September 3, 2019 in Ben Wheeler, Texas.

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 husband Arvis C. Elerson; sons Arvis Clayton Elerson, Jr., Joe Earl Elerson & wife Sherry, Kenneth Ray Elerson & wife Glenda, Alan Clark Elerson; daughter Juanita May Walker & husband Greg; brothers Billy Worley & wife Norma Jo, J. B. Worley, Jr.: sisters Janie Vineyard, Helen Kelm & husband Roger, Betty Venette & husband Lucky; 15 grandchildren; 8 great grandchildren; 1 great great grandchild.

Visitation 5-7 Friday and Celebration of Life 10 AM Saturday at Byrum Funeral Home in Lancaster, TX. Interment in Rawlins Cemetery.
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Published on September 5, 2019
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Joe Earl Elerson
Sep 05, 2019
I was your friend. I was your family. I was your confidant and trusted advisor. You are a person that could have been any number of things to me.I really always had faith in you. I trusted you and the promises that you made to me. I believed in you and all the plans for your future that we made together. I let you in, against my best wishes. I relentlessly defended you. I saw the beautiful parts of who you were. I made plans with you and kept them in my head like a guaranteed magnificent destination. I loved you. I gave you all that I had and now I am left feeling empty.

I know there are parts of you that I will never truly understand and therefore cannot fit into the small boxes of reasoni
...ng that I have tried to place around these complex situations. I know that there was a reason why I believed in you, and therefore there is a reason why I still want the absolute best for you. Friendship, family, and relationships seem so well defined with their expectations, but very rarely are all of those expectations going to be met. That is the chance you take in believing in people. In the end, loving each other only teaches us about love, as a separate and beautiful entity that is unparalleled to anything else in this world.

I remember that you brought me memories and emotions that made me feel alive. I remember that if you were worth my trust and love.and I am worth the relief of being able to let go. I know I am strong and alive, and free to experience all depths of love and loss. I am blessed for the moments that I have and the moments that I have lost. You are a piece of me, and that piece will not eat away at my soul like hatred would. It will live inside of me in a place that is preserved by forgiveness, happiness and humility. And for that I will continue to go forward.

I pray that the future is kinder to the both of us and hopefully we will be together in Heaven for all eternity.

Love you always,

Joe Earl
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