Wanda L. Bright

CENTRALIA — Wanda L. Bright, 85, of Centralia, passed away Saturday, April 28, 2018, at Centralia Manor Nursing Home after a long battle with cancer.

Wanda was born on April 22, 1933, in Valier, Illinois the daughter of Otis and Mabel (nee Dillard) Burnam.

She was preceded in death by both parents, one sister Monte, one brother Gene of Indianapolis, Indiana.

Surviving family members include: two sons, Paul (Lenora) Bright of Peoria, IL; Doug Bright of Bloomington, IN; one “adopted” daughter, Anna Donoho of Centralia; three grandchildren, Nicholas (Lindsey) Bright of Peoria, IL, Jessica Bright of Orlando, FL, and Emily Bright of Charlotte, NC; and two great grandchildren, Charlotte and Henry Bright of Peoria.

Wanda, a true coal miner’s daughter, grew up in Valier. She often spoke of a childhood growing up with first-generation immigrant children from many nations whose parents were all drawn to the mining jobs. She was the valedictorian of her high school graduating class of nine and her sons never tired of kidding her about it. She had a wonderful sense of humor and loved to laugh. She adored her grandchildren and great grandchildren spending many hours arranging and displaying their photos. In 1966 she became school secretary, nurse, bookkeeper and administrative assistant at Willow Grove Grade School where she served countless children until her retirement in 1996. After retiring, Wanda learned to ride horses, taught her grandchildren to fish, inadvertently taught them to swear, and earned certification as a Master Gardener. She enjoyed writing articles on gardening and the outdoors for the local newspaper. She attended the Calumet Street Christian Church in Centralia and was a strong person of faith and prayer.

Funeral services for Wanda L. Bright will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday, May 2, 2018, at the Sutherland-Garnier Funeral Home in Centralia with Pastor Steve Pettit officiating.

Visitation will be held from 9 a.m. till 10 a.m. Wednesday, May 2, 2018, at the funeral home.

Memorial donations may be made to the Relay for Life and will be accepted by the Sutherland-Garnier Funeral  Home 235 North Sycamore Street Centralia, IL 62801, which is honored to be of service to the Bright Family.

Online condolences may be made to the family by visiting sutherlandfuneralhome.com.