6 February, 1964 – 6 March, 2020
Edwina (Wendy) Joyce McGowan, 56, of Martinsburg passed away on Friday, March 6, 2020, at Berkeley Medical Center under the care of Hospice of the Panhandle.
Born February 6, 1964 in Escondido, CA, she was the daughter of the late Floyd Bennett and Joyce (Burgess) Bennett Carter. She had previously worked at Winchester Medical Center as a Medical Secretary.
She moved from California in 1982 to call West Virginia her home. Wendy loved to travel on new adventures with her son and loved her rescued fur babies.
She is survived by her son, Jody Bennett; sisters, Tamera (Tammy) McBride Lewis and husband, Jake, of Martinsburg; Jena McDonald and husband Barry of Inwood; Several nieces, nephews and cousins. She was an advocate and participant in the American Cancer Society Relay for Life for many years.
Wendy requested a private celebration of life with her family. The entire family wishes to thank all of those who cared for her, supported her and our family during the last three years.
Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of the Panhandle, 330 Hospice Lane, Kearneysville, WV 25430 or the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network, National Office, 1500 Rosecrans Avenue, Suite 200, Manhattan Beach, CA 90266
No public services are scheduled at this time. Receive a notification when services are updated.
31 May 2020
I will forever cherish all of our road trips; vacations; and memories eating at new places- or sharing our favorite meals at our regular places. I will miss you so much and don’t know how I will survive without you. I’m so blessed to have had you as a mom and I hope I could show half the strength you did battling pancreatic cancer. I’m so proud of you and thankful everyday you fought 3 long years just so you could teach me more in life. I love you, mom.
12 March 2020
Wendy and I met when we shared space in a "pod" at the Cancer Center in Winchester. (I've known Jody since he was in Middle School.) Wendy was a vibrant woman in spite of her illness; always positive and upbeat, bringing a smile to everyone with her witty quips. She became an inspiration to me in dealing with my feelings about my own illness. Jody and his beautiful mom are two of the strongest people I've had the pleasure to know. Wendy, you will be greatly missed and forever remembered.
Crystal(Crissy) Green Dunham Taylor
12 March 2020
I remember when I first met Wendy and Jody when they moved to West Virginia from California jody was only a baby then when he was four years old i helped her out with him alot,they was more to me as family and I remember Jody loved to sing Cher tramps an thieves lol he loved karaoke alot he would get on that microphone at my mom's Sherry's house and just sing away lol,my daddy Bobby Green even met Wendy also when they moved here she was a sweet woman she do anything for anyone,I don't consider her just a friend she's like a aunt to me and my brother Robbie very much the memories we have of our dear Aunt Wendy will live on in our hearts and Jody is like our cousin so our hearts goes out to her son Jody we love you jody he was so so wonderful to his mother,gonna miss you Aunt Wendy your not suffering anymore god needed you home and he has the sweetest angel gonna miss you our Aunt Wendy your dear niece Crissy and nephew Robbie❤️❤️❤️❤️😢😢and p.s. she loved my four sons to Austin, Shelton, Cameron, Timothy and my brother Robbie's son my nephew dalton
10 March 2020
Ancestry brought us together and I am so thankful to have been a part of your life with you and your son Jody. Many prayers and hugs to all of your family during this very difficult time. This Photo came up tonight on Ancestry of Wendy in High School and I thought it was appropriate to share . She will truly be in my heart and dearly missed.
10 March 2020
Wendy and I met at Winchester Medical Center where she worked as a medical secretary... We became friends and frequently went out to eat and took other trips ..one to the Baltimore National Aquarium where her son became obsessed with the escalator ... On one of our outings her son Jody locked himself in the bathroom at our favorite Mexican Restaurant.... Oh how we all laughed over that one..... still did many years later...It became a running joke for all of us..... She was a remarkable lady who raised one of the most amazing young men I have ever met... well except for when he locks himself in the bathroom.... I will miss her and consider her and Jody both family
10 March 2020
Wendy and I met some 20 years ago playing online games in Pogo. We became fast friends and got closer when Facebook came along. I enjoyed watching Jody grow up, though from a distance, as we had never met face to face until just a year ago. It was truly an honor and a privilege to meet you both at our annual Memorial Day party. I was completely blown away by Jody’s obvious love and devotion to his mom. You did an amazing job raising him. He gives me hope for “the younger generation”. I know that you’re in good company “up there” Wendy, please find my dad and Sabrina’s dad, and say hello. Until we meet again. Rest in peace sweet angel. All our love, thoughts, and prayers, Mark and Sabrina.
10 March 2020
My favorite memory is when we were all volunteering at the Issac Walton for the Haunted Trails. We were all dressed up and had set up our area to scare in sections. You were dressed up as a zombie I think and you were painted in black/white face paint. Jody was a banana, I was a witch, Teresa and James were clowns and I think Dan was a clown or a gorilla. Wendy and I were by the cooler that had our alcohol and were drinking. We were all a little inebriated. Then Jody started dancing around the pole that was there singing, “look, I’m a banana on a pole”. And you looked at him with the wide eyed look you would get and said”right...ah jeez”. And I just busted up laughing. Those were some good times.