WANDA CARR, 91
Wanda Carr LaPoint, age 91, beloved wife of the late Sgt. Major (Retired) Roy Howard LaPoint, passed away at her home Monday, April 21, 2014. She and Roy were both WWII Veterans.
Wanda was born in Orlando, Florida, March 20, 1923, to the late James G. and Alice Carr. She was raised in Gainesville with her brothers and sisters, Walter W. (Mary Ann) Carr, Nina Bossons, Joe Robert (Lois) Carr and Jimmy Carr who predeceased her, and is survived by her sister Betty (the late P.A.) Lee, and her sister-in-law Pearleta (the late Jimmy) Carr and Chris (the late Joe Robert) Carr.
She met her husband Roy at a USO dance, where they won a dance contest and were married 16 days later on September 4, 1943. She had already enlisted in the Navy and 4 days after their wedding, she reported for a 2-year tour of duty as a WAVE.
Wanda and the kids accompanied Roy around the country and to Japan and Germany during Roy's 30-year career, when she and Roy retired back to Gainesville in 1974. They were married for 54 years when Roy died. Every place they lived, Wanda immersed herself in the community as a volunteer and leader. She was the Director of the Service Club at Ft. Bliss, Texas, where she taught many a young soldier to dance. She believed if you could walk, you could dance. She was a lifetime member of the VFW Post 2811, when Roy served as Commander of the Post.
Wanda loved 'her Gators' and was a longtime member of the Gator Baseball Dugout Club, and avid fan of Gator Baseball and Football. She belonged to the Gainesville Woman's Club, GHS HasBeens, the Duckpond Neighborhood Association and was the Clerk of Precinct 27 at the Thelma Boltin Center. She bowled in Leagues at Alley Katz.
She is survived by her children, Elizabeth Ann (Dick) Orton, Roy Howard (Mynelle) LaPoint, Jr. Ardelia (Dee) Marion Thigpen (Pete Recine) and Judy Alma (Tom) Wilson, her grandchildren, Cari Lenn Yakubsin, Monica (Preston) Towns, USMC Sgt. Major Adam (Maria) Yakubsin, Michelle (Pete) Axson, Janel (Steve) Trull, Jessica (Darren) Wake, USMC 1st Lt. Scott (Babette) Wilson, Kyle Wilson, and her step granddaughter, Lee Ellen (Dean) Starling. Her step grandson, Richie Orton, predeceased her. She is also survived by her great grandchildren, Caitlin and Jacee Washburn, Ashley Axson, Brooke Towns, Justin, Andrew and Jared Yakubsin, Nate and Abigail Wake, Leighton Hendrix, Addison Trull, Piper and Asher Wilson.
Wanda's viewing will be on Thursday, 24th of April, 2014 from 5:00 to 7:00pm at Forest Meadows-Central Mausoleum on 4100 NW 39th Ave, Gainesville, Fl and her services will be held at Forest Meadows Mausoleum on Friday, 25th of April, 2014 at 2:30pm. followed by her burial at Forest Meadows Cemetery.
The family would like to thank Alice Plemmons, Roberta Peacock (Comfort Keepers) and the staff at Haven Hospice, who provided Home Health Care.
In lieu of flowers, donation may be made in Wanda's name to Haven Hospice, 4200 NW 90th Blvd., Gainesville, FL 32606; VFW Post 2811 on Waldo Road, the
, 2727 NW 43rd St, Suite 5B, Gainesville, FL 32606 or the Gator Dugout Club.
Arrangements are in the care of Forest Meadows Funeral Home (352)378-2528. An online guestbook is available at
Forest Meadows Funeral Home and Cemeteries
725 NW 23rd Avenue Gainesville, FL 32609
Published in Gainesville Sun from Apr. 23 to Apr. 24, 2014