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Wanita Mae Maynard

 Wanita Mae (Evans) Maynard was born on January 3, 1930 in a farmhouse in Beaver County. She was the only child of Paul and Lela Evans. Wanita grew up in the Dust Bowl days, living on a large farm where she loved to ride horses. She was proud to be a Beaver Duster. Her Uncle Richard Evans was the one who actually named the school mascot "The Beaver Dusters" when he was Beaver's School Superintendent. Wanita was an excellent student, played a clarinet in Beaver's high school band, and was a great basketball player.  When she was a senior in high school, she heard about a new soldier-boy in town who was good-looking and worked at the local drugstore in Beaver. This young serviceman she later married! His name was James Robert (Jim) Maynard. God gave Jim and Wanita 67 years together. To this marriage union were born Paula, Sheila, Steve, and Lois Jean (or Jeanie). Wanita and Jim's early years of marriage were spent as wheat and dairy farmers. At this time, Jim was a deacon at this church....the First Baptist Church in Beaver, Oklahoma. After God called Jim into the Gospel Ministry, Wanita encouraged him to go to college to be prepared for the ministry. So, they left the family farm, and Jim did graduate both from college and later seminary. Wanita worked to help with finances during a lot of Jim’s schooling. For her work, Wanita received an honorary "P.H.T Degree" from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, which stood for "Pushing Husband Through" when Jim graduated from seminary. Wanita lived her life as an example of a good and faithful wife, and servant of our Lord Jesus Christ. She displayed a sweet and kind spirit to those around her. She had a beautiful smile, and was an encouragement to so many. The phrase "prayer warriors“ symbolize Wanita and Jim Maynard. You could always call on them and ask them to pray for any specific prayer need. Every night, they prayed during their family devotions by name for every child, grandchild, and great grandchild of theirs by name. Wanita was a well-loved wife, mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother. She will be greatly missed, but her family knows that they will see her again in heaven one day. Wanita is preceded in death by her parents Paul and Lela Evans, her grandpa W.P. Evans (who she was very close to and lived with her family until his death). She is survived by her loving husband Jim Maynard of Beaver, Oklahoma; her children Paula Maynard of Beaver, Oklahoma; Sheila (Maynard) Harrington of Atlanta, Georgia; Steve Maynard of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma; and Jeanie Maxwell and her husband Dan of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. Wanita's grandchildren include Conor Maynard and his wife, Annie, Israel Maxwell and his wife, April, Erin Harrington Henderson and her husband, Gary, Charity Maxwell, and Mark Maynard. Her great-grandchildren include Faith, Cole, Harrison, Ella, Maddie, Haley, Malaya, twins Ayden and Ansley and Miles. She will be greatly missed by all her family and friends.

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Mama loved her grandkids.  I'm submitting a picture of her attending her grandson, Conor's wedding.

Sheila Harrington Jan 2 2015 12:00 AM

If you are viewing this website on January 3rd, then today would have been her 85th birthday. I would loved to have shared the day with her, but she's celebrating in Heaven with Jesus this year. Her birthday always followed her most favorite time of year - Christmas.  Now she has Christmas year-around. Happy birthday, mama!

Sheila Harrington Jan 2 2015 12:00 AM

I am so sorry for loss of your mother and grandmother.

Paul Maynard Dec 15 2014 12:00 AM

I-was-so saddened when-I-came by-the-house as-I-was with-a-friend eating-at-Chapalas and-use-5th Street cominmg-and-going usually. I-didn't-find out for sure who-it-was until I-talked-with Debbie at-the-church the-next-day.  None-of-you realize how-special each-one-is to me and many others. We-know where-she-is with no-suffering or pain, just rejoicing.  My-advice always-comes-from experience; grieve-as-you must, not-as-anyone tells you is right, wrong or indifferent.  Take-your-pathway and travel-it-with our Lord-and-Savior right with you.  They-are-not pathways but-a-pathway of-your-own.  Take-each-road as-it-comes and lean-heavily-on those-who-you have traveled with so-many-times.  I-shall-never forget the times you two sat at-a-
table at-the-nutrition site leading-me-through into-or-out of situations.  I-thank-you and our Lord for-those-times of Christian-advice and-for-directing me out-of one particular situation.  Where-would-I be today if-I-had gone-into-that?  Right-back-where I-started.  God bless each-of-you.

Jackie R. Sheldon Dec 13 2014 12:00 AM