A Time to Mourn

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Wanda Persall, 78, died Friday, Oct. 4, 2013.


Services were at 2 p.m. Monday in Trinity Baptist Church Amarillo with Pastors Nate Magloughlin and Carey Skinner officiating. Burial was in Llano Cemetery. Arrangements were by Cox Funeral Home, 4180 Canyon Drive.


Mrs. Persall was born Feb. 4, 1935, in Seagraves to Buel and Ola Mae Wharton. During her senior year at Amarillo High School, Wanda was introduced to Richard Persall, who was serving as petty officer first class in the Korean War. They met through letters, fell in love, and were married just after her graduation on Sept. 12, 1953, while he was on leave.


Wanda was primarily a homemaker. She had a passion for her family and loved making a home that they could return to year after year.


Wanda was an active member of Trinity Baptist Church for more than 51 years. While there, she taught children Sunday school and children’s choir. Throughout her lifetime and up through the last several months of her life, being with her church family was one of her greatest joys.


She also volunteered at High Plains Baptist Hospital. She loved to travel and took numerous trips with her husband in their 60 years of marriage.


Survivors include her husband, Richard Persall; a daughter, Karen Crager and husband Bruce of Houston; three sons, Mark and wife Kandy of Lubbock, Tim and wife Janelle of Driftwood, and Greg and wife Tracy of Katy; eight grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren.


The family suggests memorials be to Trinity Baptist Church Amarillo mission fund, 1601 W. Interstate 40, Amarillo, TX 79109.



In times like these, we are especially thankful to have Hope as the anchor of our soul (Hebrews 6:19). Even when our emotions and thoughts pitch and flood around us, we hold on because we know that we won’t sink. Granted, we may get drenched and come up sputtering, but our faith lies in knowing that You are both our Anchor as well as the Rock of our Salvation (Psalm 95:1).


We weren’t promised that there would be no storms. Both the house on the rock and the house on the sand experienced them (Matthew 7:25, 27). But, it is good to know that when the wind and waves do finally die down, You will still be holding us together (Matthew 8:24; Colossians 1:17).  I claim this for all families who are grieving loss today. Be their strength in the midst and despite of their weakness. The weaker we are, the more You can do (2 Corinthians 12:9-10). 


Thank You for peace that passes all understanding. Keep our hearts, minds, and mouths quiet and at rest as we trust in You (Philippians 4:6-7). We are waiting. Selah.