In memory of
Wanda Gilbreath Stevens
Wanda Gilbreath Stevens peacefully passed away on August 19, 2019.
She was born on June 26, 1926 in Lamesa, Texas to Patrick H. Couch and Myrtle Davis Couch. At the age
of 13 her family moved to Eastland, Texas where she graduated from Eastland High School in 1943.
She married James R. Gilbreath Jr. on September 5, 1953 in San Antonio, Texas. He was in the United
States Air Force stationed in Harlingen, Texas. After his discharge from the Air Force, they remained in
Harlingen. He owned and operated an Exxon service station for 35 years and she worked at Central
Power and Light Company, now AEP, in San Benito, retiring in 1988. Jim passed away in 1993 after a long
illness with cancer.
She met Robert M. Stevens at First Christian Church in Harlingen, TX. They married on June 26, 2003. He
passed away in 2007. She lived in Harlingen until 2012 when she moved to Plano, Texas to be near her
remaining family. She was living in Wylie, Texas at the time of her death.
She was a long time member of the First Christian Church in Harlingen where she sang in the choir and
played hand bells. After moving to Plano, she became a member of the First Christian Church in Plano.
She was preceded in death by her parents, four brothers and two sisters. She is survived by her two
nieces, Juanava Collins, Juanava's daughter Michelle & her husband, Daniel Salazar, their sons Luke and
Isaac; and Karen Jo White, her son Jon White, his wife Lisa and their daughters, Natalia and Sophia.
Wanda loved all her nieces and nephews unconditionally – they were the children she never had. She
also loved the children of her friends, especially Rachael Ross & Natalie Baker Williams.
Additionally, she is survived by Bob Stevens' family, all of whom she was close to and loved.
Memorial services will be held at Charles W Stevens & Sons Funeral Home in Sachse, TX on August 31st at 2:00 PM
At her request, she will be cremated and will be interned with her first husband, Jim Gilbreath, at Mont
Meta Memorial cemetery in San Benito, Texas.
Services entrusted to Charles W. Smith & Sons Funeral Home of Sachse, Texas.
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