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Serving others was a way of life for Wanda Grayson.

Helping people was what earned her the title Citizen of the Year from the Azle Area Chamber of Commerce in 2016, and it’s the legacy that she leaves behind after her death.

Grayson died March 3. She was 84.

“As long as I can remember, she has been a giver and a servant,” said Tara Segura, Grayson’s daughter.

Grayson moved to Azle 40 years ago, and soon after she opened Mission House, with the aim of helping her community with food and other needs.

Mission House began in 1997 and has helped thousands of people in the time that it has been operating.

Grayson also made sure that Christmas was special for hundreds of kids in the community by partnering with businesses to set up Angel Trees so that each kid in need could have presents under the tree.

Catherine Wyatt, a Mission House volunteer who worked with Grayson for 13 years, said that even last year, being very frail, Grayson was still out in the community, picking up the Angel Tree gifts daily.

“Her faith was amazing,” said Wyatt. “If we would be short on an item (for the food pantry) she would say, ‘I’ll pray on that,’ and it’d show up.”

Though she worked tirelessly for her community, Grayson was not a fan of recognition. She preferred to have the accolades go to her many volunteers at Mission House.

When she was named Citizen of the Year in 2016, Grayson said, “I’m overcome, and I feel like someone else probably deserves it more. But I’m very honored and deeply appreciative of this award.”

Grayson had been undergoing cancer treatments, but that still did not slow her down. Segura said her mother’s motto would have to be to “love the Lord and serve in every way possible.”

With her passing, Grayson has left a legacy of service that will inspire many others to keep her mission going in Azle.