Wanda Louise Hendon, age 86, and a 73 year resident of Porterville passed away August 11, 2014 in Porterville. Wanda was born March 28, 1928 at Greenfield, OK to Marion and Katie Weimer, who came to the Porterville area in 1940 like so many other families during the "Dust Bowl Migration".
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Through the encouragement of her mother and the mother of a young man who was in the Coast Guard, Wanda began a letter correspondence with Jesse F. Hendon in the summer of 1945. A short time later, Jesse came to California to meet Wanda and on September 1, 1945, just eleven days after laying eyes on each other, they married in Visalia and made their home in Porterville.
They were active in the Tule River Southern Baptist Church and later the Porterville First Southern Baptist Church and Wanda worked ten years as a supervisor for the Beckman Instrument Company.
Wanda had a wonderful sense of humor and always enjoyed being with others and having fun. She hosted all the family gatherings and made sure to bake everyone's favorite pie or cake. She wrote poetry, painted, made jewelry along with other items and liked to tinker with and repair any number of small household appliances. She loved to spoil her grandchildren and she never let her cookie barrel get empty.
She was preceded in death by her husband Jesse F. Hendon in 2004. Surviving family include her son Franklin Lee Hendon (Kim) of Tulare; two daughters, Carol Hendon of Tulare and Betty Tilton (Terry) of Rosamond along with seven grandchildren and twelve great-grandchildren.
There will be a visitation Thursday, August 14, 2014 from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at Whitehurst-Peters-Loyd Chapel and a funeral service at 9:00 a.m. Friday August 15, 2014 also at Whitehurst-Peters-Loyd Chapel. Interment will follow at Woodville Cemetery.
To sign Wanda's online register book or leave messages of condolence, please visit www.whitehurstfuneral.com. For additional information contact Whitehurst-Peters-Loyd Funeral & Cremation Service, 195 N. Hockett St., Porterville, (559)784-6485.
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Published in The Porterville Recorder on Aug. 15, 2014