Tanya Lee Wise

Tanya Lee Wise

Tanya Lee Wise, 84, devoted wife & mother, died on July 20, 2020 after the long decline of dementia hastened by Covid-19.

Tanya was born in Orlando, Florida to Andrea on September 10, 1935. While working at Panama Drug Store on North Main Street in Jacksonville she met the love of her life, Norman Wise. They remained married until Norman’s death in 1998.

Tanya held many positions in her lifetime with her last and most enjoyable being with Disney Characters in St Augustine, Florida. Tanya loved Tinkerbell the most and enjoyed her many trips to Disney World.

Tanya is survived by her brother Donald (Donna), daughter Debra (Tom), son Rick, granddaughter Michelle and grandsons Drew and Nicholas.

A celebration of life will be held at a later date.


  • Rick wise Posted July 22, 2020 11:55 am

    I love her so much it’s such a blessing having a beautiful mom who loved her family so much an doing things together as a family ment so much to me I well miss her but she’s in heaven with our loving dad may you Rest In Peace God bless you

  • Debbie Patton Posted July 22, 2020 9:32 pm

    To my beautiful loving wonderful mother! She was the best never wanted for anything had a great upbringing and I’m going to miss you so much but it’s time for you to be at peace and be with the love of your life Dad love you mom gonna miss. You but happy your finally in a good place Praise God for a wonderful journey with you in your last days

  • Debbie Patton Posted July 22, 2020 9:53 pm

    My dear mom I’m gonna miss the laughter the singing and the dancing in her journey thru Dementia but we had a great life and a great closure that I will cherish Thru the rest of my life go be with Dad and be at peace you deserve it

  • Vivian Marshall Posted July 23, 2020 9:30 pm

    It is with a deep Sad heart I see this. But I know Tanya is no longer in pain longing to be with her beloved husband Norman. I’m sure they are dancing with Elvis in heaven tonight. Tom you and Debbie have to be commended for the awesome care y’all have gave her over the past years. God bless you. Tanya and Norman where like my adopted parents, bringing me in when I was sick with strep, putting me in their spare bedroom, just one example. . I’ll never forget their kindness. My mom and Tanya good friends taking Deb and I to st Augustine and then my mom broke out in measles. So we had to be quarantined in the hotel for 2 weeks. Deb and I where like yes!!!! Deb and I on the beach. Haha…… point is remember the good times. Love you Debbie, Tom, Rickie and Michelle. Sending prayers for your strength to move forward and cherish those memories. Love ya!

  • Cornelia Ann Arnau Mercer Posted July 25, 2020 12:12 am

    Debbie and Ricky, I am so sorry to hear of your mama’s passing. She was a special lady. When She and your daddy first married, she raised parakeets. She called my mama and asked if I could have one and we went to their apartment and I picked out a blue one that I named “Peppy.” She also introduced me to the music of Andy Williams that Christmas that I stayed with you both during Christmas break of 1966. She would come home from work and would put his music on to listen to while she made supper. To this day Christmas isn’t Christmas at our house without Andy Williams. She and your daddy are together now.

  • George Arnau Posted July 25, 2020 10:55 am

    Debbie & Rick, it saddens my heart to read about your mothers passing. I was always happy to be with your folks when we could. Please know that you are in Karen’s and our prayers.

  • Donald Wicker Posted August 4, 2020 8:14 am

    To my beautiful “Big Sister”… You have been a blessing to all ! Your family and wonderful husband Norman. You’ve been a blessing and inspiration to me (your “Little Brother”) with your infectious laughter, humor, ‘can-do’ attitude to life and professional career, and a “Big Sister” when I needed structure, guidance and wisdom in earlier years. In recent years, we all could still hear and see your dancing, singing, strong well as a ‘fighter’, love for life, family and God.

    We know you are in a better place than coping down hear coping with dementia. God bless Tom and Debbie for the their love and wonderful care for Tanya over the years. “Big Sister”, I will dearly miss you but you will always be in my heart and mind for all the great moments, memories, your love, laughter, joyful times, sharing life experiences, dancing and more.
    Forever Love — from “Little Brother” Donald. God Bless you and Family.

  • Mary Pooler Posted July 8, 2021 10:01 am

    Debbie, just thought to look this up and saw Tanya had passed away last year. She was a very special lady and I always enjoyed working with her and seeing her smiling face at work. God bless you and your family!

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