Wanda H. Spees, born December 26, 1924, passed Wednesday, September 11, 2013, after a short bout with cancer, with her two daughters by her side. |
The second of four children, Wanda was born in Shelby, OH, and eventually moved to Lebanon, PA. After high school, the family moved to California in 1943 where Wanda worked at the California Institute of Technology until after the war. In 1951, she met and married Robert L. Feagins and moved to Norwalk, CA, where they moved numerous times purchasing and remodeling homes in the surrounding areas while raising her three children, Kathy (Amirault), Marguerite (Heath), and Cynthia (Kassel).
She was preceded in death by her daughter, Kathleen Feagins Amirault; father of her children, Robert L. Feagins; and second husband, Donald Spees.
She will be sorely missed by her loving children; sons-in-law, Sherrel Heath and Paul Kassel; three grandchildren, Mike (Karyn) Morrill of Poway, Alisha Kassel of Rancho Bernardo and Chase Kassel of San Diego East Village; along with her six great-grandchildren, Donovan Tarling, Delanie Conard, Delila Conard, Nash Morrill, Maverick Morrill and Naomi Morrill.
Wanda's special interests included playing the card game "Hand and Foot", the R.B. Travelers Club bus trips, golfing, going on cruises, traveling to over forty-three foreign countries, and spending time with her six beautiful great-grandchildren.
In her professional career, Wanda was the very successful manager of Gibraltar Escrow Company in Pico Rivera where she supervised and personally handled millions of dollars in real estate transactions. Her work ethic and powerful personality allowed her to compete in a mostly male driven business.
She moved to Escondido in 1998 from Vancouver, WA, and settled in Rancho Bernardo in 2002 to be nearer to her two daughters. In recent years, she volunteered at the San Diego Wild Animal Park (San Diego Zoo Safari Park). As a member of the BPOE (Poway Elks) and Elks Riders SC Association, she enjoyed the benevolent side of the order and Thursday hamburger nights with her family and friends. She loved to volunteer wherever she could be of service.
The family would like to recognize and thank the loving and caring staff of La Jolla UCSD hospital.
Memorial Services will be held at The Poway Elks Lodge on September 28, 2013, at 11:00 am, with a pot luck following the services.
Published in the Pomerado News on Sept. 19, 2013