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On Friday, August 15, 2014, Wendy Dempsey lost her courageous battle with breast cancer. Her illness revealed what a fighter she truly was. She endured many surgeries, procedures, and treatments over the past four years and was an inspiration to many on how to battle this disease with grace.

Wendy was born September 9, 1945, in Sacramento, California to the late Frank and Jeanette Wilkinson. She grew up in Marysville and moved to Yuba City as a teenager.

In 1974 Wendy married the love of her life, Robert Dempsey. They recently celebrated their 40th wedding anniversary. Together, they built and managed 'Pool, Patio, and Things', later becoming 'The Pool Patio Store.'

Much of their early years of marriage were spent with their combined family on their houseboat at Lake Englebright. Wendy had many stories to share about their travels together, but mostly enjoyed reading on the ocean beaches of Hawaii.

Wendy is survived by three daughters: all of Yuba City, Debbie Osgood, Lisa Gault (Brian), and Dora Schlessinger (Melvin) and six beloved grandchildren: Wade and Tyler Hafer, Chelsea and Cierra Osgood, and Colin and Cameron Gault. Wendy also leaves behind her sister, Andrea Berkstresser, as well as her nephews Dave (Kim) and Chuck (Stacey) Morrow, who were all a big part of her life.

Family meant the world to Wendy. Her favorite times were spent in her backyard visiting with the family and enjoying many barbeques around her pool. She was a friend to many. Her bright smile and welcoming heart will be missed by all.

As per Wendy's request, there will be no service. The family will have a private Irish Wake in her honor.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to Rideout Discretionary Funds benefiting the patients at the Cancer Center in Marysville.

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Published in Appeal Democrat on Aug. 20, 2014
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