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Puckett, Wanda 02/18/1925 ~ 04/20/2013 SAN DIEGO -- With a green thumb we all envied, Wanda Puckett's favorite place to be was her yard. We all enjoyed the fruits of her gardening talents: macadamias, tangerines and oranges, and the peace one felt just gazing out upon the lushness of her plants, trees and flowers. On April 20, 2013, Wanda moved on to the Lord's backyard and is now no doubt hard at work beside the other gardening angels in heaven. Wanda was born to Claudia Duvall and Canby Hall in Louisville, Kentucky, on February 18, 1925. Graduating valedictorian of Okolona High School, Wanda worked as a beautician before the war effort claimed her and she moved to the factories to build planes for Curtiss- Wright. After the war, she couldn't ignore her mother's pleas to "get an education", so she enrolled at UofL. It wasn't long before she caught the eye of classmate, Navy Apprentice Seaman Eugene Puckett, and studying just got in the way of an impassioned courtship. Wanda and Gene had 65 years together, the first 27 of which were spent living as a Marine Corps family, traveling from duty station to duty station with their three children, Dale Puckett, Jan Beard and Lynne Fisher. It was Gene and Wanda's first landing place that she fell in love with - San Diego - and she proclaimed that they would retire there someday. Indeed this garden spot is where they enjoyed their retirement decades together. Over those decades, what Wanda enjoyed most - even more than her yard - was her 6 grandchildren and 8 great-grandchildren. Thank you, Lord, for giving Wanda to us for these 88 years, and we anxiously await the day we see her again when our own time comes to move on.

Published in The San Diego Union Tribune on Apr. 25, 2013
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