Wanda Fae Hardin moved from her native Texas to Corvallis in late 1945 to live with her brother and his wife, who were students at Oregon State. Hardin enrolled at Corvallis High School in January 1946 and graduated from Corvallis High in June 1946. She attended Oregon State College from the fall of 1946 through spring 1950, majoring in home economics (until March 1950) and then in education. Hardin married Gordon Warren Fruits in December 1950.
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