was born to Andrew and Mae Johnson on May 9, 1914 in Vernal, Utah. She grew up raising sheep, cattle, pigs, and chickens, along with grain and produce. She attended Brigham Young University
and met Howard Wasden, whom she married in 1932 in Las Vegas. While at BYU she accompanied the university chorus and studied Nutrition and Music
. In 1937 she graduated with a bachelor's degree in Food Science. Wanda then became a teacher and bookkeeper but then decided to solely teach piano so she could stay at home with her children.
The Wasden family lived in Las Vegas for 72 years and were truly pioneers to the education system. Wanda helped to found the Nevada Music Teachers Association and also served as president of the organization. In 1952 Clark County honored Howard Wasden by completing Howard Wasden Elementary School.
On October 30, 2012, at the age of 98, Wanda passed away in Draper Utah.