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.