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Wanda Rae Wild


1953 - 2015 Obituary Condolences
Wanda Rae Wild Obituary
WANDA RAE WILD 1953 - 2015 Born August 18, 1953 in Meshoppen, Pennsylvania, Wanda was the middle child and only daughter of Raymond and Wanda Laney. Her father was an operators engineer and her mother worked in a manufacturing plant. Having an older brother and twin younger brothers may have influenced her childhood interest in sports, although her height and natural grace seem equal contributors to her comfort and accomplishment in a variety of sports. The words courage, grace and determination come to mind as words to describe Wanda Wild. Long before she waged a heroic battle against the twin challengers of breast and ovarian cancer that ultimately took her life, Wanda was forging a professional path in a non-traditional field for women. As co-owner, with her husband of 35 years, Richard Wild, Wanda founded Riverside, California based Inland Empire Architectural Specialties, Inc. - IDEAS for short - in 1984. IDEAS is a general building specialties company. Starting the company involved a move from Colorado to Southern California in 1984. Prior to starting IDEAS, Wanda spent seven years as a project manager for Western Federal Savings Bank. It was here that Wanda developed her skills in design, material procurement, and coordination of construction crews and subcontractors as well as budgeting and contract negotiations. Wanda was a business major at West Virginia University and earned an Associate's Degree in interior design at Arapahoe Community College in Littleton, Colorado. A firm believer in the dignity and integrity of the building trades, Wanda was recognized for actively promoting training and career development for this sector. Her professional affiliations and accomplishments were numerous and include: the American Subcontractors Association, NAWIC (National Association for Women in Construction) where she served as President of the Riverside - San Bernardino Chapter from 1993 to 1994, and as National Director for Southern California, Las Vegas, and Hawaii. She was appointed to the AGC (Associated General Contractors) board of trustees where she was responsible for oversite of the trust fund, strategic planning and was actively involved with the apprenticeship program. She had been a member of the Riverside Community College Foundation Board and the Riverside Chambers of Commerce Hunter Park Division Board. She attended the Grove Community Church, and was affiliated with Habitat for Humanity Riverside. She was a patron of numerous charities whose mission met her passion. Wanda passed away quietly at her home, May 23, 2015 and is survived by her loving family, including husband Rich; daughter Melissa Toborg (Jeff); grandchildren Preston, Ashton and Emily, and by stepson Christopher Wild (Lisa) and grandson Remington. Survivors also include her older brother Kelly Laney who resides in Florida, and younger brother Ron Laney (Barb) of West Virginia and many relatives in West Virginia and Colorado. She was preceded in death by her parents and younger brother Don (Laney) . Family, friends, and colleagues will remember Wanda for her warm smile, wit and sense of humor, her style and elegance, and for her strength, grace, and confident approach to all she encountered in life. A memorial to honor her life is being held on Sunday, June 14, 2015 at 10:00 AM at Acheson and Graham Garden of Prayer Mortuary, 7944 Magnolia Avenue, Riverside, CA 92504. In lieu of flowers the family asks that Wanda be remembered with a donation to Habitat for Humanity Riverside. You can use the following link: www.habitatriversideorg/support/donate or mail checks made payable to: Habitat for Humanity Riverside, 2180 Iowa Ave., Riverside, CA 92507.


Published in Press-Enterprise on June 3, 2015
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