Wanda Joan Presley the daughter of Paul and Avice (Copeland) Phillips was born October 30, 1931 in Tahlequah, Oklahoma and departed this life on February 16, 2018 in Wagoner, Oklahoma at the age of 86 years, 3 months and 17 days.
Wanda graduated from Bagley High School in Tahlequah. She went to Cowley County Jr. College in Arkansas City, Kansas before going to work for Southwestern Bell in Bartlesville as a long- distance telephone operator. She worked as an operator for Phillips Petroleum Co. in Bartlesville and then went on to be the school banker, secretary, and the general accounting clerk for the Chilocco Indian School in Newkirk, Oklahoma. She worked there for several years and then went on to be a Teacher's Aide/Librarian for Hartshorne High School and a substitute teacher for Ft. Wingate Elementary School and Tahlequah High School. She married Doyle Junior "DJ" Presley on May 19, 1951 and to this union, 5 children were born. She loved her role as a wife, mother and grandmother and she enjoyed spending time with her family. She touched many lives over the years and will be dearly missed by all who knew and loved her.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband DJ Presley; and three children Geraldine Presley, Sheri Lynn Presley and Phillip Howard Presley.
She is survived by her children Tony Presley and wife Dianne of Wagoner and Melody Dudgeon and husband Jim of Tahlequah; 12 grandchildren, 11 great grandchildren and 3 great-great grandchildren and numerous nieces, nephews, and friends.
*The family wishes to add a special note of thanks to Miss Ericka Carr for taking such good care of our mother. You are priceless. You were so much more than just a caregiver to "Miss Jo." You gave her love, companionship and always allowed her to maintain her dignity. You were always there when called upon, with a ready smile and a willing heart. It gave us great peace of mind to know that Mom was in your capable, caring hands. The last two years would've been unbearable without you and we are forever in your debt.
The family invites all to attend and join them at the fellowship meal at the South College Church of Christ with a memorial service following at 1 pm at the South College Church of Christ.