Wanda Beatrice Lancaster (Hayes)

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Wanda Beatrice Lancaster (Hayes)

Birthplace: Algerita, San Saba County, Texas, USA
Death: September 01, 2019 (96)
Austin, Travis County, Texas, USA
Place of Burial: San Marcos Cemetery, San Marcos, Hays County, Texas, USA
Immediate Family:

Daughter of Judge Elbert Taylor Hayes and Private
Wife of Robert Lee Lancaster, PhD
Mother of Private

Managed by: Suzan Martin
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About Wanda Beatrice Lancaster (Hayes)

Wanda Beatrice Hayes Lancaster passed away peacefully in Austin on Sunday, September 1, 2019, her ninety sixth birthday.

Born in San Saba County, the oldest child of Elbert Taylor Hayes and Juanita Mildred McDaniel Hayes.

Wanda graduated from Texas State University in 1948 with a degree in English.

In her early adulthood she joined The Episcopal Church, began serving on the Altar Guild, and continued Altar Guild work for almost seventy years.

She married Robert Lee "Bob" Lancaster in 1948, and together they adopted their daughter, Laura, in 1956. They lived in San Marcos, Austin, New Mexico, West Virginia, and San Angelo before settling in 1959, in Georgetown, Texas, where Wanda was a member of Grace Episcopal Church, the Georgetown Heritage Society, and the Williamson County Museum. From 1974 to 1986, she worked with Southwestern University and served as their Coordinator of Special Events. Many alumni and past faculty still remember the beauty and creativity she brought to every event. In 1986, Wanda moved to Austin to be closer to family. She volunteered at the Lyndon Baines Johnson Wildflower Center for more than thirty years and at the Umlauf Sculpture Garden for twenty five years.

Wanda was a beloved member of Saint David's Episcopal Church, where, in addition to Altar Guild, she was active in Environmental Guild, Movie Group, and many special programs. She and her daughter formed Creative Natural Arrangements, specializing in wildflower arrangements for weddings, banquets, and other occasions. In addition to her many activities, she also played a very active role in the lives of her grandchildren, Sarah and Robert, who joined the family in the early 90s. Wanda brought joy to every room she entered. Her passions were wildflowers, art, crossword puzzles, a good glass of red wine, gardening, reading, cheering for the Longhorn football team, baking, and, above all, spending time with family and friends. She will long be remembered for her spectacular wildflower arrangements, peanut brittle, homemade bread and rolls, lemon tarts, "Wanda dip," and pies.

She is preceded in death by her parents, husband Bob Lancaster, and siblings Mildred Lee Hayes Sessom, Hilton Frederick Hayes, and Hillie Taylor Hayes.

She lives on in the hearts of many, including daughter Laura Lancaster Faulk and son-in-law Gene T. Faulk; grandchildren Sarah Marie Faulk and Robert Gene Faulk; several cousins; six nieces and nephews; twelve great-nieces and nephews; and sixteen great-great nieces and nephews.

Wanda blessed this world with grace, beauty, gentleness, and class that won't ever be forgotten. She will be missed dearly by her extended family of friends and parishioners at Saint David's Episcopal Church.

Funeral services will be held Saturday, September 21, 2019, at 11:00 a.m. at Saint David's Episcopal Church, 301 E. 8th Street, Austin, Texas, with the Reverend Bob Gribble and the Reverend Dr. Chuck Treadwell presiding.

Funeral arrangements under the direction of Pennington Funeral Home, 323 N. Comanche Street, San Marcos, Texas


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Wanda Beatrice Lancaster (Hayes)'s Timeline

September 1, 1923
Algerita, San Saba County, Texas, USA
September 1, 2019
Age 96
Austin, Travis County, Texas, USA
September 1, 2019
Age 96
San Marcos Cemetery, San Marcos, Hays County, Texas, USA