Wanda Rich, 85, died on Tuesday, Aug. 28, 2012, in Ripon.
She was born on April 28, 1927 in Howe, Oklahoma, the daughter of Roy and Ila Boswell, the eldest of nine children.
She and her husband Ken raised their children in Tracy, where she worked first as a lab technician for the H. J. Heinz Company and then later, with her husband, for the Tracy Defense Depot. While there, they helped to build the Tracy Church of the Nazarene. After retiring from the Depot, she and her husband moved to Manteca and became members of the Manteca Church of the Nazarene. She led small groups of women through the Explorer’s Bible Study for many years. She was a long-time member of the Banta Horsemen’s Club and the Wampum Hill Trailer Village. Mrs. Rich enjoyed being outdoors, especially when camping with family and pulling weeds in her yard.
Her family was always first; she loved feeding visiting relatives and sending them home with armloads of food and advice.
She will be remembered for her years of service to her church, her fresh fruit cobblers, and her willingness to babysit generations of children.
Mrs. Rich is survived by her two children, Sharelyn Dietz (Harry) of Manteca and Fred Rich (Susan) of Oakdale; five grandchildren, Erin Nussbaumer (Jeff), Nathan McKinley (Jodie), Jill Dougherty (Jason), Sarah Rich and Kenneth Rich; seven great grandchildren, who nicknamed her GiGi, for great grandmother; and eight younger siblings, Herb Boswell, Bonnie McCrary, Don Boswell, Joe Boswell, Bill Boswell, Mary Sue Slayton, Pat Smith, and Dan Boswell.
She was preceded in death by Kenneth Rich, her beloved husband of 62 years.
P. L. Fry & Son Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.
Visitation and services were Tuesday, Sept. 4, at the Fry Funeral Home, 290 North Union Road in Manteca, with burial following at the East Union Cemetery.
An online guest book is available at www.plfryandson.com (search obituaries).