Wanda Bartlett

Tulsa World - - Our Lives -

Wanda Bartlett, age 104, passed away Novem­ber 9, 2017, in Tulsa. Wanda was the daugh­ter of Sonk and Jane Sim­mons and had three sis­ters and a brother, all of whom have pre­de­ceased her. She was born in Cal­i­for­nia and raised in Westville OK. In the late 1930's she moved to Mi­ami, OK, and mar­ried Mac Bartlett who was an ed­i­tor with the lo­cal news­pa­per. They raised their two sons there un­til 1956 when they moved to Tulsa. Mac be­came the State Ed­i­tor for the Tulsa Tri­bune and she worked for many years in the of­fice of Van­de­v­ers De­part­ment Store. She leaves be­hind many lov­ing fam­ily mem­bers in­clud­ing her son Dan of Scotts­dale AZ and son Mike and his wife Sharon of Tulsa. Dan's wife Su­san passed away in 2016.

She also leaves her four grand­chil­dren and their spouses, Deb­bie and John Rob­son of Tulsa, Les­lie and Lance Hutchi­son of Ed­mond, Steve and Amanda Bartlett of Ed­mond and Jeff and Sarah Bartlett of Hous­ton. They are rais­ing her eleven great grand­chil­dren.

For many years in the 1970's Mac ac­com­pa­nied Mike and Sharon to all of the TU home bas­ket­ball games. “Mimi” showed lit­tle in­ter­est. When Mac died in 1981 she im­me­di­ately claimed his ticket and ac­com­pa­nied Mike and Sharon for the next 17 years to all home games. Her fa­vorite coach was Tubby Smith and she was for­tu­nate enough to be on a TU Caribbean Cruise with Tubby and his wife Donna while he coached here. He and Donna came to her sur­prise 80th birth­day party in 1993. She has con­tin­ued to ex­change cards with him as his coach­ing ca­reer has moved him to dif­fer­ent schools.

For the past 12 years Wanda has resided at Bur­gundy Place and our fam­ily owes a lot to the won­der­ful peo­ple who both re­side and work there. For the past sev­eral years she has had ad­di­tional great care from the Right at Home em­ploy­ees who are al­ways at Bur­gundy Place to of­fer as­sis­tance be­yond the scope of a se­nior liv­ing fa­cil­ity. We also are in­debted to the staff of Physi­cians Choice Hos­pice for their won­der­ful care th­ese last few months.

A me­mo­rial ser­vice will be held at Bur­gundy Place in the next few weeks. In lieu of flow­ers the fam­ily re­quests do­na­tions be di­rected in her mem­ory to Har­vard Av­enue Chris­tian Church, 5502 S Har­vard, Tulsa OK 74135 or Univer­sity of Tulsa, Ath­letic De­part­ment-Men's Bas­ket­ball, 600 S Col­lege, Tulsa OK 74104.

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