June 13, 1924 — July 6, 2014
Wanda P. Daley, 90, of Davis, passed peacefully in her sleep on July 6, 2014, following a brief battle with esophageal cancer.
She was born on June 13, 1924, in Jersey City, New Jersey, and lived in New York with her mother Jozefa and brother Pete until moving to California in 1947. There, in Los Angeles, she met Marcus Freeman Daley, who soon became her husband, a union that lasted for 65 years, until Marcus’ passing in 2012.
Wanda graduated from Julia Richman High School in New York, and became an office worker for Remington Rand Typewriter, Union Carbide and the Music Corporation of America. Upon arriving in Los Angeles, she found work at MGM studios as a writer’s secretary for Sidney Sheldon, and later as a producer’s and writer’s assistant to Harry Tugend, who worked on TV shows including “The Ray Milland Show” (1954-1955) and “General Electric Theater” (1958-1959), and movies including “Public Pigeon No. 1″ (with Red Skelton, 1957) and “Pocketful of Miracles” (with Glen Ford and Bette Davis, 1961), Frank Capra’s last full-length film
In 1964 Marcus joined the staff of the UC Davis architects and engineers office, and Wanda went back to college, completing an AA degree from Sacramento City College in 1968, with the highest grade-point average in her graduating class. She returned to UC Davis after a two-year break in the Peace Corps, completing a BA in Spanish with Highest Honors from UC Davis in 1975. Wanda received her MA from Sacramento State University in 1982, and became credentialed to teach in Elementary and Secondary schools, and Community Colleges, with a specialty in Bilingual Cross-Cultural Education.
Wanda started her second career as a founding instructor at the Intensive English Program, at the International Training and Education Center, UC Davis Extension. She taught English to adult professionals from many countries who often were having their first exposure to our language. She received a Fullbright Lecturer position from 1986 to 1987, teaching English in Wroclaw University, Poland. She is remembered as taking both students and new teachers ‘under her wing,’ providing teaching ideas, materials, and hospitality for many parties and field trips. Wanda and Marcus were dedicated travelers, and often visited her students in their home countries.
Wanda was a person of great hospitality, who opened her home and heart to many friends around the world.
She is survived by her son Paul Daley and his wife Nancy Klein, and grandchildren Jozefa (“Joey”) Scholl and Michael Daley.
Donations can be made to Citizens Who Care, Woodland CA (http://yvm.net/go/care/), or the Yolo County Hospice (http://yolohospice.org).