Wendi Lynn Hanke Stembridge (1970 - 2017)

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Wendi Lynn Hanke Stembridge, 46, was born on Aug. 7, 1970, in Dardanelle, Ark., to Sharon and Bruno Hanke and died unexpectedly, on July 31, 2017, in Phoenix, Ariz., after suffering a stroke.
In her youth, she lived in Arkansas until she moved with her mother and siblings to Anchorage, Alaska, in 1981, staying until 1990, when she moved to Mississippi with former husband, Jay Stembridge. She returned to Anchorage for several years before moving to Arizona in 2000, where she resided until her death. Wendi once stated, "You know what I want? I can sum it up in five words from a Sawyer Brown song: 'She wants adventure and security.'"
Wendi had a fiercely-loving heart and enjoyed a great cup of coffee, road trips and reveled in the beauty of the outdoors. Those who met her will never forget her sparkling smile, contagious laugh, quick wit and (not so) subtle sarcasm. Life wasn't always kind to Wendi and her last years were very difficult. Our hope is that she's finally found true peace.
She was preceded in death by her son, James (Trey) Rushing Stembridge III; her mother, Sharon Quandt Hanke; and niece, Claire Maria Gross.
Wendi is survived by her beautiful daughters, Bella and Maria; father and stepmother, Bruno and Donna Hanke of Dover, Ark.; sister and brother-in-law, Stephanie and Brian Gross of Anchorage; brothers, Brian Hanke of Kenai, Alaska, and Doug Hanke of Anchorage; as well as nieces and nephews, Ellen, Hannah, Riley, Hailey, Jonathan and Ashton; many aunts, uncles and cousins; and lots of friends, including best friends Danielle, Ted and Audrey.
A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 8, 2017, at Saint Elizabeth's Catholic Church in Grove, Okla. A luncheon will be held at 12:30 p.m. at the church prior to the service for anyone able to visit. Burial is entrusted to Brown-Winters Funeral Home immediately following the service at Fairland Lutheran Cemetery.
Published in Anchorage Daily News on Aug. 8, 2017