Wanda Jo â€œJoeyâ€ Swanson Kanode, 72, of Bedford, died Monday, Aug. 19, 2013 at Carriage Hill Retirement Center. She was born Feb. 13, 1941 in Roanoke, a daughter of the late Gordon Garnette Swanson and Lucille Mary Webster Swanson. In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by a sister, Kimberly Swanson; nephew, Scott Swanson; niece, Crystal Swanson and a special cousin, Cindy McCray. Joey is survived by her husband of 44 years, Dennis L. Kanode; three children, Billy Kanode and his wife, Lucinda of Roanoke, Tammy Hardy and her husband, Adam of Bedford, and Lorie Neylon and her husband, Michael of Lynchburg; five grandchildren, Ashton Kanode, Rena Hardy, James Hardy, Paige Neylon and Mattie Nylon; three brothers, Dan Swanson and his wife, Pat, Gordon Wayne Swanson, and Tucker Swanson and his wife, Linda; three sisters, Gay Mary Carver and her husband, Wayne, Kathy St.Clair and her husband, Larry; and Rama Cline and her husband, Marvin; and numerous nieces and nephews. Memorial contributions may be made to Alzheimerâ€™s Association, 1160 Pepsi Place, Charlottesville, VA 22901 or Bedford Hospice Care, 621 Whitfield Dr., Bedford, VA 24523 .The Family wishes to Thank the staff of Carriage Hill Retirement Center and Bedford Hospice Care for their loving care of Wanda. A celebration of Joeyâ€™s life was conducted at 1 PM, Thursday, Aug. 22, 2013 at the Tharp Funeral Home Chapel with Chaplin Mark Flores officiating. Burial followed in Sherwood Memorial Park, Salem, VA. To send condolences, please visit www.tharpfuneralhome.com
. Arrangements by Tharp Funeral Home & Crematory, Bedford, 540-586-3443.