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Pendry’s Lenoir Funeral Home

522 Wilkesboro Blvd Se, Lenoir, NC

OBITUARY

Wanda Reid

June 7, 1941July 21, 2020
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Wanda Reid, age 79, of Hudson, North Carolina passed away on Tuesday, July 21, 2020. Wanda was born June 7, 1941 to the late William Ray Coffey and Hortense Wood Coffey. Wanda was a member of Fellowship Baptist, Red Hat Society and a local crafting class. She loved crocheting items and donating them to local organizations. When the town of Sawmills opened and incorporated, she was the first town clerk and served her work life here until her retirement. In addition to her parents, she is preceded in death by her husband; Arthur Franklin Reid Jr., siblings; Sharon Beck and Bill Coffey. Those left to cherish her memory are her children; Robert “Lynn” Reid and wife Jean, David T. Reid and wife Debra, Tammy Buettner and husband Matt, sisters; Debra Paskewich, Sheila Muscella, grandchildren; Joshua T. Reid and wife Shannon, Mandy L. Polen and husband David, Cory Reid, Jarred Reid, Benjamin Buettner, Ryan Buettner, great grandchildren; Allison, Aaron, Michael, Kate and Daniel. A Graveside Service for Wanda will be held Saturday, July 25, 2020 at 10:00 AM at Woodlawn Memorial Gardens. In Lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Caldwell Hospice and Palliative Care at 526 Robbinswood Place, Hudson, NC 28638. Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at www.pendrysfuneralhome.com for the Reid family.

Services

  • Graveside Service

    Saturday, July 25, 2020

Memories

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Gwendolyn Church

July 24, 2020

We never met your Mother but have learned what a hard working and caring person she was. We are so sorry for your loss. You are in our thoughts and prayers. May God be with you and may He bring you peace and comfort now and in the days ahead.
Love in Christ,
Roger and Gwendolyn Church of Harvest Meadow.

Pat Reese

July 23, 2020

We didn't know your Mother, Lynn, but just wanted you to know how sorry we are to hear this news. May God Wrap His Loving Arms around your Family and give you the Comfort that only He Can Do. We Love You and Jean.

Elizabeth Bentley

July 23, 2020

I first was introduced to Wanda and Frank Reid thru my husband Darrell Bentley who had been neighbors for serval years.I would sit for hours and talk to Wanda about growing up in the mountaians area and many things that we had in common.She has always been a big influence on me.Always incouraged me to do my best at everything I could do.We share lots of things together the past 15 years.She was truly one of my best friends.I loveyou dearly sweet Wanda with all my heart.Bless you dear sweet lady for all our lives she has touched.Heaven has a beautiful Angel.She showed me true friendship and honesty.Prayers to all family and friends.

Kathryn Bean

July 22, 2020

Wanda and I worked together 50 years ago and have been friends ever since. We went to Church together and were in a birthday club together and we were able to see each other once a month.
I know David and Lyn and spouses took very good care of Wanda and will miss her very much. She loved her family and always bragged on her grandchildren and was very proud of all of you guys.
God Bless you and I will be praying for you in the days to come.

Shelua Crump

July 22, 2020

I worked across the street from her for 15 years. She was one of the most gracious ladies. She shared her knowledge of the art of crocheting with me. We talked almost every day before she retired. Wanda I love you my friend and will miss you terribly.

Donna Kroeger

July 22, 2020

Debra & Jean, & family,
I’m so sorry to hear of your loss.
I will be covering you all in prayers.
Sounds like she was a wonderful mother in law! May your memories give you comfort in the days and weeks ahead.

Welch & Merita Hodges

July 22, 2020

Sorry to hear of Wanda's homegoing , she was a classmate of Meritas class of 1959. We are praying for the family, may the Lord comfort & strengthen you in these days of sorrow.

Merita Hodges

July 22, 2020

Sorry to hear of Wanda's homegoing , she was a classmate of mine class of 1959. Praying for the family, may the Lord comfort you .

Nancy Swanson

July 22, 2020

My thoughts and prayers are with Wanda’s family. Wanda was a classmate of mine at Happy Valley ‘59🙏

Shirley Herman

July 22, 2020

We send our love and Sympathy to Lynn. David, and all the others in the family. Wanda and Frank were one of the best neighbors we have ever had. We loved them dearly' Wanda was very special to me and i surely will miss her, but we will meet again. May GOD give you comfort in the days ahead!

Carl and Shirley Herman

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Biography

      “Give me a problem and I’ll hand you a solution. Wanda was a woman of great drive and a very original, independent thinker. For Wanda, no challenge was impossible, and just about any desired result was within her grasp. Wanda placed great trust in her intuition. Since that intuition generally led her in the right direction, who was she to doubt it.

      Wanda was born on June 7, 1941 at Watauga Hospital, Boone, NC in Boone, NC. She was the daughter of William Coffey and Hortense Wood Coffey. Her childhood found her in Happy Valley, NC where she matured into the independent person she eventually became.

      Wanda grew up with four siblings. She had a brother Bill Jr., three younger sisters were Sharon, Debra and Sheila. Wanda could be seen as being stubborn by her siblings. It was important to her that she was perceived as “right” when it came to her part in those typical family spats. However, this quality did not over power her caring for her family. This ability to balance her family, with her need to be seen as right, helped her to develop into a young adult while enjoying many good times with her family.

      During her grade school years, Wanda was a very focused and serious student who actually enjoyed the challenge of many classroom problems. She was determined to succeed, and she drew upon her gifts of trust and perseverance to provide her with a competitive edge. While her first love might have been academics, Wanda took part in basketball. Wanda delighted in projects that required planning, critical thinking and resolution.

      During high school, Wanda was relentless in her pursuit of learning, especially in those subject areas that really grabbed hold of her interests. It wasn't that she didn't put forth her best efforts in all classes, but if a subject really interested her, she would eagerly put forth extra effort to learn all she could. Wanda graduated from Happy Valley in 1959.

      Wanda's inventive side developed as she moved into her college years. When Wanda found herself involved in an area that particularly interested her, she could organize and complete any task that was given to her and make it look as if she hadn't really needed to put forth any effort. She attended Caldwell Community College.

      Wanda was loyal to her friends. She found that she was most in tune with people who had similar interests and thought about things much the way that she did. Wanda sometimes had a tendency to be critical in her friendships but she was more interested in finding out what was right in a situation rather than in being mean toward others. She never intentionally set out to hurt any of her friends. Wanda was a person who challenged others to fend for themselves and to be original in their thinking and evaluation of the outside world. While growing up, some of her best friends were Jeanette Hicks Daye Starey. Later in life, she became friends with Elizabeth Bentley and Rachel Stallings.

      On May 31, 1958, Wanda exchanged wedding vows with Authur Franklin Reid Jr. at at her parents home of Happy Valley, NC. Frank's sensitivity to Wanda's needs proved to be a wonderful influence on this woman, who preferred to live in her “gut.” Frank's influence brought Wanda to a new emotional level, one that eventually enhanced all of her other gifts and abilities. Frank was able to help Wanda appreciate the fact that others made contributions and Wanda became better at interacting with those around her. Because of this, Wanda grew as a person.

      Wanda often neglected her own feelings in order to give to others. This was very true when it came to how she dealt with her children. She was able to hand on to each child a number of strong values. She taught them to appreciate their abilities, gave them a desire to persevere despite obstacles and set within them a drive to succeed. She had three, two sons, Lynn and David, one daughter Tammy. She also had four, Josh, Mandy, Cory and Jarred. They were always aware of how much Wanda loved them.

      During Wanda's professional working years, she was at her best when working independently. It became the hallmark of her performance. Wanda was generally able to refocus her drive and determination and readily work toward finding a way to get things done that was beneficial to herself and her co-workers. Her primary occupation was Townclerk of Sawmills.

      For Wanda, her outside interests and hobbies became another exercise in learning and mastering areas that interested her. She greatly enjoyed unraveling the "hows" and "whys" that lay behind her hobbies. Wanda was always pushing herself to learn more and to stretch her knowledge base even further. She firmly believed that the more things that she knew the more control she would have over things. Her favorite pursuits were crafts, crocheting and reading.

      Watching her favorite sporting events by herself was never a problem for Wanda. It allowed her to indulge in her own individual interpretation of the event. It was not uncommon for Wanda to know what the right play or move “should have been,” and she would vocally address these feelings even if there was no one around to hear them. And if there were others around, she would still state his feelings and gladly debate anyone on their opposing views. In high school, Wanda played basketball. She enjoyed following her favorite sporting events.

      Wanda placed her interest wholeheartedly behind any project she took on. The “engineer” part of her personality pushed her to find out as much information as he could, to understand the practicality in a given situation. This was something that influenced her involvement in work, pleasure and volunteer activities. Wanda was involved in serving on committees for the organization of the Sawmills Christmas Parade.

      Wanda's faith allowed her to better appreciate the gifts and opinions of others. This deepening aspect of her life helped her to accept her own feelings to a greater degree. She was a member at Fellowship Baptist Church and Millis Hill Baptist Church. During that time, she was on the craft committee and made Christmons for the church christmas tree.

      Wanda's skepticism was visible when she found it necessary to place too much trust in one person. This was never clearer than when it was time for her to schedule a vacation or period of time away from her regular schedule. Wanda loved the research aspects of planning a trip, but the actual process of relaxing was far more difficult. Still, she did manage to enjoy some time away. Favorite vacations included weelends at Bee Cliff Cabins in Elizabethton, TN and Dollywood in TN.

      Wanda was a lover of animals and cherished her pets. One of Wanda's favorites was Talina, a Pomeranian. They were best friends for 12 years.

      When Wanda's retirement finally came in 2004, she was ready. She worked out many of the details in advance so that she could enjoy the time and not have to worry. In retirement, she found new pleasure in crafts, crocheting, reading, being a member of the Red Hat Society.

       She is survived by her children: Lynn, David and Tammy, her grandchildren; Josh, Mandy, Cory and Jarred, her great grandchildren; Allison, Aaron, Michael, Kate and David. Wanda was laid to rest in Woodlawn Memorial Garden in Lenoir, North Carolina.

       She was a very competent person who expected competence from others. She could be headstrong and certain about the way things were supposed to be. She was determined in every aspect of her life and certain that she was usually right about things. She trusted her intuition over all else, even if it opposed the popular belief, and she had faith in her inner vision and speculations. She wanted to be acknowledged by others as having made a contribution to whatever she was working on. Her family and friends will miss her fierce determination, relentless innovations and analytic mind. She leaves with all those who knew her many wonderful memories.