Wanda Elaine Magdalena
Wanda Elaine Magdalena, 93, of McAlester, crossed the rainbow bridge into heaven on Sunday, November 3, 2019, in Oklahoma City.
The family will welcome friends at Brumley-Mills Funeral Home on Thursday, November 7, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Funeral services will be on Friday, November 8, at 2 p.m. at Brumley-Mills Chapel. Burial will follow at Oak Hill Cemetery.
Honorary pallbearers are workers from the Baptist Church clothing room, WMU members and her Sunday school class.
Wanda Elaine Magdalena was born on July 7, 1926, in McAlester to C.F. and Jamie (Sawyer) Emery. She grew up here and graduated from McAlester High School in 1944. She worked for Southwestern Bell Telephone Company and the McAlester Clinic.
She married Phillip "Flop" Magdalena on September 20, 1947, in Sherman, Texas.
Wanda was an avid fisherwoman, apparent by the 8½-pound bass mounted on her living room wall. She also enjoyed gardening, but most of all, she loved the Lord and her church. She was active in the First Baptist Church, taught nine-year-old Sunday school class and was Mission in Action Leader in MWU for many years. She loved mission work and was active in the church clothing room and the ministry at Greyhound Bus for more than 20 years. Many lives were changed because of her witness. She truly lived a life of service to the Lord.
Wanda is survived by a son and daughter-in-law, Mark and Shirley Magdalena, of Midwest City; a daughter and son-in-law, Phyllis Elaine and James Coffey, of Oklahoma City; brother, James Emery, of Las Vegas; nieces and nephews, Elaine and Barry Barnes, Charles and Darlene Melancon, Ruth Doss, Connie Park, Rebecca Crowell, Lynette Spradling, Pam Emery, Elizabeth and Travis Branscum and children, Heaven, Kailey and Addison, Crystal Porter, Ashley Rhyne, Sammy and Teri Magdalena, and Sherri and McKayla Magdalena, and many great-nieces and great-nephews, along with the Coffey family, who were all very special to Wanda
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Phillip, in 2017; sisters, Jamie Melancon and Jeanine Acevado, and a brother-in-law, Sam Magdalena.
Published on November 5, 2019


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Elaine Melancon Barnes
Nov 07, 2019
My dear Aunt Wanda was beautiful inside and outside. The former counts for the most in this life. She loved her Bus Station Ministry through the First Baptist Church. She literally changed lives as she showed her love to all who rode the buses and were thrilled with the packages she and others prepared. Her call to service echoed those of her mother, Jamie Emery and her sister, Jamie Melancon. She helped me in so many ways especially in caring for her sister, my mother. I will always remember her love and kindness.
Randy Adams
Nov 05, 2019
I was privileged to serve as Wanda's pastor from 1994 to 2004. She's among the most wonderful people I've ever known. Her love for Christ and her compassion toward others was truly inspiring. A special memory was when we traveled to Singapore and Indonesia to serve our missionaries. It was a turning point for our church in many ways. My wife Paula and I truly loved Wanda, and Phil too.