Wanda Lee Wood, 53, passed away on December 31, 2013, at her home in Aberdeen. She was born November 7, 1960, in Oklahoma City, to Lee Roy and Pauline Edwards. She grew up in Oklahoma City with six brothers, and two sisters. She became “Wanda Mom” when her mother died in 1987. Wanda married Paul Wood at the age of 17. They enjoyed 35 happy years together. They raised their children in church and taught them to love and trust in God. Wanda was very proud of their children and their accomplishments.
They had one daughter, Natalie Rae, who married Milgen Perez; and one son, Nathaniel Ray, who married Courtney Groat. Their children gave them seven delightful grandchildren. Jonatan, Alesandra, Olivia, and Wilson Perez, and Abilgail, Holly and Samantha Wood. Wanda and Paul moved to Aberdeen in 1987, where Paul became principal at World of Praise Christian Academy. Wanda loved her husband and supported his work in Christian Education. Wanda was a worship leader at their church, World of Praise United Pentecostal Church. She was a walking song-book. She had the words and music to most any song ready instantly. As a hobby, she and Paul collected old books and Wanda loved reading wholesome Christian romance books.
Wanda worked in Healthcare throughout much of her adult life, with 20 years of her career in pediatrics, most of that time working at Grays Harbor Pediatrics for Dr. Edgardo Magsalay. She was a Spanish interpreter along with her duties as a medical assistant. She furthered her education by obtaining and Associate’s Degree in Medical Assisting in 2005, at Keiser College and became a Registered Medical Assistant. She was proud of this achievement, but she valued service to others far more than success.
Wanda had a compassionate spirit, always willing to see the good in others. She had a love for the Spanish Community, putting many years of love into the Spanish Ministry at her church. She is especially remembered for her love of music and her piano playing. She also enjoyed cooking and baking. Wanda’s kitchen always had something tasty to share with her family and friends. But more than anything, Wanda loved family and her many friends she considered family. She was a tower of strength, pouring love, guidance and protection over those she loved. She was beloved in many roles but especially that of mom and grandma.
We are proud of the beautiful life Wanda lived. Anyone who knew her can be assured all was well with her soul. She was ready for her journey. She will be in our hearts forever. Special thanks to Wanda’s caregivers, Lori and Penny from Catholic Community Services.
Friends and family will gather for a Going Home celebration of her life at 2 p.m., Saturday, January 18, 2014, at Immanuel Baptist Church, 1200 Soule Ave., Hoquiam, WA 98550.
To sign the online book of memories of light a memorial candle visit www.harrisonfamilymortuary.com. Arrangements are by Harrison Family Mortuary of Aberdeen.