(ROANOKE) Wanda Lea Bales Coughlin passed away peacefully on May 6, 2020.
A memorial service to honor her life will be Saturday, Nov. 21, at 10 a.m. CT at Standing Rock United Methodist Church in Standing Rock.
She was born Nov. 20, 1939, in Chattanooga, Tenn., and spent her childhood days in Memphis. She graduated from Washington College Academy High School in Johnson City, Tenn. She graduated with honors from Memphis State University, where she earned a degree in English and a master's degree with an emphasis in romantic poets. Her passion and dedication to reading were constant throughout her entire life. She spent most of her adult life as a teacher and a college professor. She taught at the high school, middle school and elementary levels. She was a graduate teaching assistant at Memphis State University and taught at Arkansas State University, Southern Union State Community College and Auburn University. She received the North Alabama Teacher of the Year Award due to her dedication and compassion to teaching GED classes to adults, many of whom eventually received a college degree because of Wanda's motivation and dedication. She was an accomplished writer, and some of her works were published in The Anniston Star. Wanda loved to sing and was an active member of her church choir for many years. She loved her family, loved to garden and loved her animals.
Wanda Lea Bales Coughlin is survived by her sons, Russell Campbell Wood (Mimi) of Green Bay, Wis., and Murphy MacDuffey Wood (Pam) of LaGrange, Ga.; four grandchildren, Forrest Wood of Atlanta, Sarah Wood of Greenville, Pa., Evelyn Wood of Tyndall Air Force Base, Fla., and Spencer Wood of Jamestown, Pa.