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Wanda Lou Bartley Ply

Wanda Lou Bartley Ply was born September 24, 1925 and went to her heavenly home on Thursday, July 11, 2019.

Memorial Services will be held 11:00 a.m. Thursday, July 18, 2019, at The  First United Methodist Church, 590 N.E. McAlister Road, Burleson, Texas. Rev. Eddie Smart will officiate.  Musicians will be Woody Martin and Jeff Hensley.

Visitation will be on Wednesday, July 17, 2019, from 5:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. at The Lucas and Blessing Funeral Home, 518 S.W. Johnson Ave., Burleson, Texas.

Graveside Services will be held at 10:00 a.m. Thursday at Burleson Memorial Cemetery, 500 Memorial Plaza, Burleson, Texas.  Her grandsons, Ryan Swindle, Brendan Swindle, Mason Miller, Travis Miller, Hunter Whirley, and Preston Whirley, will be pallbearers;.

She was the seventh of eight children born to Eugene and Mary Elizabeth Bartley in Dalhart, Tx.

She is preceded in death by her husband of 35 years, Roy Floyd Ply. The two met in San Antonio when she was attending nursing school.  She fell in love with the Navy man who danced a mean jitterbug.

After they married on December 23, 1947, they set up house in Corpus Christi.  They were joined by children Gary, Glenda, and Molly before their move to Burleson in 1959.  Their third daughter Amy would arrive to the family as Wanda and Roy were figuring out how to raise three teenagers.  Wanda will be remembered fondly by her four children, eight grandchildren, and ten great-grandchildren.

Wanda was born into tribulation-the Dust Bowl of the Texas Panhandle.  She thrived during the Great Depression, becoming a nurse in efforts to support service members returning from World War II.  She served for years as a nurse, helping those in their most dire moments with her expertise, wit, and wisdom.   She was also a dedicated mother ready to chase her kids down in the kitchen to give them their vaccinations.  Her children still fondly recall these memories, hoping their mother would not bring home a bunch of shots.


Wanda was a dedicated Christian and sang in the choir for the First United Methodist Church for years.  Her hobbies included spending time with family, playing board games with friends, crocheting afghans, world travel, and telling all men they should be clean-shaven.

You will be missed, Wanda

Friends who wish to may make contributions to First United Methodist Church Music Ministry

Burleson Star

327 N.W. Renfro St.
PO Box 909
Burleson, TX 76028-0909

Phone: 817-295-0486
FAX: 817-295-5278



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