Wanda Gann Rambo, 77, of Mansfield, TX went to be with her Lord
and Savior Jesus Christ on Monday, October 5, 2020.
She was born in Lufkin, TX on July 7, 1943. She grew up in Waco, TX and
graduated from Waco High School and attended the University of Texas
and was a member of the Delta Zeta sorority.
Wanda was married to Pat Rambo, Jr. on August 12, 2000 in Fort Worth, TX
where they spent the remainder of his life together in retirement.
She loved spending time with her family and especially her precious
dachshund Clara. Wanda had a passion for traveling with yearly summer
vacations and snow skiing in the winter. She was able to visit all
50 states, Europe, Spain and Italy throughout her lifetime.
Wanda’s greatest passion was singing. She had a successful
country music career as a child with appearances on the Lawrence Welk Show,
the Louisiana Hayride and the Grand Ole Opry. She sang with Clyde Chesser,
George Jones, Ernest Tubb and Tommy Sands and even headlined over Elvis
Presley on the Louisiana Hayride in early 1954 before his first hit “That’s All Right”.
In later years after becoming a born-again Christian she resumed singing gospel music
in her loved Oak Cliff Assembly of God choir. She always recounted her first emotional
solo “Jesus is My Best Friend” because her voice was now being used
for the Glory of God. She performed multiple solos in Christmas Cantatas and
Easter Programs, and eventually released two
gospel albums “Joy” and “Prepare The Way.” She did hundreds of singing
engagements in churches and international mission trips. She performed on Sunday
Night Live, CBN and was featured on the 700 Club.
Wanda was preceded in death by her husband, Pat Rambo, Jr.; her father,
Charles Gann and her mother, Lorene Levy.
She was survived by her three children Todd Kirkham, Angie Kirkham Starr,
Kim Landrum Bryce; son-in-law, Wally Bryce and daughter-in-law,
Allison Scott Kirkham as well as Pat Rambo III and Kelly Rambo Persons.
She is survived by her grandchildren, Justin Kirkham, Bradley Kirkham,
Cole Richter, Tyler Starr, Tanner Starr, Crystal Bryce Rubel, and Hilton Bryce.
She is also survived by her brother, James Gann and her sister, Belinda Gann Gill.
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