The long-awaited reunion of Wanda Bahner and her late husband, Bud Bahner, took place early Friday morning, June 5, 2020. Celebrating this joyous event were Wanda and Bud’s three sons and their families; son, Brent Bahner and wife, Susan, her grandchildren, Sara Bahner Eastman and husband, Ryan, Ann Bahner Heinzelmann and husband, Ben, Katie Bahner Kuntz and husband, D.J. and her great-grandchildren, Ella Eastman, Jack Eastman, Carter Kuntz, Adeline Heinzelmann, Crosby Kuntz and Bahner Heinzelmann; son, Blake Bahner, wife Ariel and her grandchildren, Ben Bahner, Lucas Bahner and Eli Bahner; and late arrival, son, Brook Bahner, wife Amy, and her grandchildren, Braden Bahner and Zach Bahner.
On June 11, 1956 the fastest 6th grader from Hugo’s fourth ward and the 1955 Southeastern State College Homecoming Queen, married Bud Bahner. Their teamwork was enjoyed for 52 years until Bud’s death, on Sept. 29, 2007. With two boys, in 1963, Wanda returned to college to complete her teaching degree. She taught for 2 years at Putnam City Elementary while Bud returned to college to take the necessary chemistry and biology courses to gain entry in dental school. Upon his admission to Baylor Dental School, Bud and Wanda and the boys moved to Richardson, Texas in 1965, where she taught for 4 years at Arapaho Elementary. Upon his graduation in 1969, Wanda Sue and Bud moved to Ardmore and made it their home for the remainder of their lives. That same summer they also joined First Baptist Church.
Wanda and Bud enjoyed hundreds of football games, wrestling matches, track meets and tennis matches traveling throughout the state of Oklahoma. In their later years, they enjoyed gymnastic meets and dance recitals. Wanda also enjoyed many friends whom she loved dearly. She was also a member of Bid-A-Wee.
Her greatest non-childbearing accomplishment lies in CASA, which she, Ann Blizzard and the Honorable Thomas S. Walker helped create the Southern Oklahoma Chapter in 1991. She underwent CASA training and was a CASA volunteer for many years. She was a member of the first Board of Directors for CASA and remained on the board for 15 years. Throughout her tenure she always had a CASA case assigned to her. She was a dedicated Volunteer and was involved in many special cases. She also assisted in the training of later CASA volunteers. She was a warded Casa Volunteer of the Year in 1996. Wanda’s life was a life well lived.
Pallbearers are Kevin Cranford, Lance Walker, Ben Bahner, Lucus Bahner, Eli Bahner, Braden Bahner and Zach Bahner.
Honorary pallbearers are Ann Blizzard, Barbara Craddock, Kittie Galles, Elva Jackson, Marsha McGuire, Lockie Moxley, Liz Newman, and Jerry Storts.
In lieu of flowers the family would request that you spend time reading with your children and grandchildren.
Services will be 2 p.m. Thursday, June 11, 2020 at First Baptist Church of Ardmore with Dr. Alton Fannin officiating. Visitation will be Wednesday evening from 6 to 7 p.m. at Craddock Funeral Home.