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Wanda L. Beardslee, 91, of Downey CA, passed away at her home Thursday September 12, 2013. Wanda was born November 7, 1921 in Minneapolis, Minnesota to Raymond A. and Clara R. Reynolds. Wanda had been an active member of the Women’s Club of Downey, American Legion Auxiliary, in addition to being in a number of bridge groups. She was also the leader of Girl Scout Troop 1746 from 1960 through 1967 and took the girls on many adventures during that time.
In 1946 after WWII Wanda moved to California with her former husband, Vic Emanuel. There they had two daughters, Elaine and Sharon. She married Clark Beardslee III in 1974 and through the union gained Clark’s two daughters Karen and Jill, and two sons, who preceded her in death, “Dusty” and “Sparky”.
Wanda worked for Boman Industries as “The voice of Boman” from 1970 until semi-retirement in 1986. After that Clark and Wanda owned and operated a small property management firm, called Columbia Enterprises, that they ran together until Clark’s death in 2002.
Wanda is survived by daughters Elaine Edwards and Sharon Barela, step daughters Karen Vallejo (Augie) and Jill Beardslee, granddaughter Ashley Pospisil (Aaron), step granddaughter Andrea Adornetto (Thomas), and great granddaughter Eden Pospisil.
Wanda was preceded in death by her husband Clark and her grandson Joey Barela.
Wanda will be buried at Riverside National Cemetery with her husband Clark. All the arrangements are being handled by Miller-Mies Mortuary of Downey.
Published: Sept. 12, 2013 – Volume 12 – Issue 22