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Wanda Christeene (Parrish) Groom, 88, of Muskogee, Oklahoma passed away Saturday, December 9, 2017. She was born February 12, 1929 to Walter Moore Parrish and Delia (Cooper) Parrish in Cleveland, Oklahoma. Wanda graduated from Cleveland High School with the class of 1946. She went on to Oklahoma State University (then Oklahoma A&M) and obtained degrees in English and Psychology. She also obtained her Master's degree in Special Education and Counseling through summer school and night classes at Tulsa University, Central State University in Edmond, OK, and Northeastern State University in Tahlequah, OK.
In 1949, Wanda married the love of her life, Buford Dean Groom, in Perry, Oklahoma. They shared over 33 years of life and marriage together.
Wanda taught special education in Muskogee, OK at Jefferson School. She also was a counselor at West Jr. High School and Alice Robertson Jr. High School in Muskogee until her retirement in 1982.
During her illness, Wanda was always more concerned about the other patients than herself. Often, she would be found feeding, dressing, and holding the hands of the people surrounding her. She will always be remembered for her giving heart and her compassion towards others.
Wanda was preceded in death by her parents, Walter and Delia Parrish; and her husband, Buford Dean Groom.
She is survived by her children, Mikelyn Deann (Groom) Ragan and husband Pete of Carlsbad, CA, Terry Kitt Groom and wife Theresa of Muskogee, OK, and Garry Parrish Groom and wife Robbie of Tulsa, OK; grandchildren, Kristi Groom of Coweta, OK, Jennifer (Groom) Thigpen and husband Bryan of Coweta, OK, Garry Groom Jr. of Tulsa, OK, Lindsey (Groom) Torres and husband Michael of Texas, and Carlye (Groom) Katz and husband Tal of Henderson, NV; great-grandchildren, Phillip and Tyler Henson, Lev Katz and Theodore Torres; and many other family members and friends.
In lieu of flowers Wanda's family would like memorials to be made to Muskogee First United Methodist Church Mission's Fund at www.fumcmuskogee.org or 600 E. Okmulgee St. Muskogee, OK 74401.
A celebration of Wanda's life will be 10:30 A.M., Thursday, December 14, 2017 at Memorial Park Mausoleum with Dr. Jack Kemper officiating. Honorary pallbearers will be her grandchildren Kristi Groom, Carlye Katz, Jennifer Thigpen, Lindsey Torres, Garry Groom, Jr.; and her great-grandchildren, Phillip Henson, Tyler Henson, Lev Katz and Theodore Torres.
Funeral services are under the direction of Cornerstone Funeral Home and Crematory, 1830 N. York St, Muskogee, OK. Condolences may be made to the family online at www.cornerstoneofmuskogee.com.
Published on December 12, 2017
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