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Wanda Leigh Hesse

November 2, 1943October 10, 2020

Wanda Leigh Hesse entered into eternal rest on Saturday, October 10, 2020 after a courageous battle with cancer at the age of 76. She was loved by so many and will be dearly missed by all. Wanda was born into a close-knit and loving family on November 2, 1943 in Evansville, Indiana to William and Frieda Lott. They moved to Arizona in 1956 where the family planted roots. As a teenager, she was a clothing model for Goldwater’s Department Store. Wanda married Ronald Dugger and had two children, Ronald II and Tracee. They moved to Texas in 1978. She was very active in the community of Whitesboro where she served on the Chamber of Commerce and was involved in directing local plays. They owned a dairy farm until the death of Ronald. For many years, Wanda worked in various levels of retail management and excelled in every job she held. This is where she met and married David Hesse and became Daniel’s Mom. Wanda answered the call to enter the healthcare profession in Occupational Therapy to passionately begin taking care of those unable to care for themselves. Wanda returned to Arizona in 2001 where she and her beloved sisters spent the following years laughing and making sweet memories. She spent the last 17 years of her professional career as the Director of Rehabilitation at Freedom Plaza in Sun City where she was able to help hundreds of patients achieve a better quality of life. Her dedication to her profession inspired many of her colleagues to aspire to be better and achieve greater things in their personal and professional lives. Despite a devastating diagnosis and rigorous treatments, Wanda still found time to create a support group to help others going through the same thing that she was. Wanda leaves her husband David; her sons Ronald Dugger II and wife Jeanyne, Daniel Hesse and wife Emily, and daughter Tracee Parenti; her grandchildren Heather and Allison Parenti, Joshua Dugger and wife Stephanie, and Loren and Charlotte Hesse; her great-grandchildren Kelleigh Parenti and Madalynn Early; her sisters Carol Harcrow, Ronni Rizzo, Rosanne Lofton and husband Ronnie, Bonnie Palmer and husband Dennis, Charles Lott and Daniel Lott; her dog Bandit; numerous nieces and nephews and several special friends. Wanda was preceded in death by her first husband Ronald Dugger, her father William, her mother Frieda, her brother Tom and her beloved dog Fannie. In lieu of flowers, Wanda’s family requests that donations be made in her name to her favorite charities who will miss her support--St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital, SPCA, or St. Mary’s Food Bank. We would like to thank Shelly Gandhok MD, Paravasthu Ramanujam MD and Banner Hospice for taking such good care of our Mom.

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  • Wanda leaves her husband David; her sons Ronald Dugger II and wife Jeanyne, Daniel Hesse and wife Emily, and daughter Tracee Parenti; her grandchildren Heather and Allison Parenti, Joshua Dugger and wife Stephanie, and Loren and Charlotte Hesse; her great-grandchildren Kelleigh Parenti and Madalynn Early; her sisters Carol Harcrow, Ronni Rizzo, Rosanne Lofton and husband Ronnie, Bonnie Palmer and husband Dennis, Charles Lott and Daniel Lott; her dog Bandit; numerous nieces and nephews and several special friends.

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    Wednesday, October 14, 2020

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Tami Denny

October 15, 2020

Aunt Wanda,
You will be missed dearly by all who knew you. I am grateful to have had you as my Aunt. I have a lot of memories made at your home while growing up, milking cows, watching chickens hatch and many more. I will miss you but know that you are in good hands with Grandma, Grandpa, Uncle Tom, Billy and the rest of our family watching over us until we see you again. ❤🤍❤🤍

Rosanne Lofton

October 15, 2020

I always admired how confident and strong willed you were. I am so grateful for all my very special sister memories.I was so lucky to have you for my sister. My love for you is deeper than words can ever say. I have such a void in my heart than you can imagine. Just know you were very precious to me. My life without you is going to be less. But I know your in God's arms now, and that gives me great comfort to know you will know no suffering. Chance made us sisters, hearts made us friends. I'll see you on the other side dear sister.

David Schulz

October 13, 2020

Aunt Wanda,
I have always been in awe of your strength. I will forever cherish the laughs, the hugs and the kisses shared over the years. I will truly miss you and look forward to seeing you again in heaven. You've earned your wings - rest in peace.

Karen Tupper

October 12, 2020

My heart is so heavy. You were so sweet and sassy...and reminded me so much of Grandma. I am going to miss you. Goodbye, Aunt Wanda. Please watch over us all.
I love you! ❤️
Karen

George Saba

October 12, 2020

When I was in need after a long stay in the hospital, you were there to nurse me back to health. I still have the exercises on paper that you gave me to use. You will surely be missed. But I'm so happy that you have been reunited with grandma and grandpa and Tom and others who I am sure were there to greet you. I look forward to the day when you greet me. I love you Aunt Wanda ❤

Mary Lowrance

October 12, 2020

I worked for Wanda many years ago. She became a very dear friend to me. My heart breaks for the family. She was a very beautiful soul. A great woman and a dear friend. Love you Wanda. Rip my sweet friend

Amanda Lutz

October 12, 2020

Aunt Wanda I love you so much and I’m lost without words right now that you had to go, but I know you’re resting in peace and dancing with the angels and even closer to God ! I will always cherish and adore all the loving memories of us going to your house for family gatherings or how you were at my baby shower and made us a diaper bike with a bunny on it , you are and always have been very creative , loving and caring , active and wealthy , I’m sorry this had to happen ! I love you so much always and forever ! Always will love and cherish all our memories !

Brandi Williams

October 12, 2020

You will be missed. You are a strong woman. I thank you, Aunt Wanda, for the the unforgettable memories of helping you, on your dairy farm, as a young girl. I will forever be reminded of your strong determination. I love you and will forever cherish the memories of my time with you.

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