In 1987, a single available seat at the Collegiate Grill led to a great love affair. For 35 years, Wanda Bennett and Ray Ward shared a life together filled with love and laughter.
Wanda Carol Bennett was a caring, Mother, Grandmother, Sister, Aunt, Friend, and most importantly, a constant companion to Ray. Wanda passed away peacefully at her home on February 24,2022.
Born to Eloise and Doyle Porter of Roswell, Georgia, Wanda resided in Gainesville. She is preceded in death by her parents. She is survived by her husband, Ray; son John (Jennifer); son Peter; grandchildren (Madelyn and John-Luke); sisters (Phyllis & Nanette) and many nieces and nephews.
First and foremost, Wanda was a dedicated mother and grandmother. She treasured her sons and grandchildren and embraced every moment with them. She had a vivacious personality and quick wit. A lover of music, Wanda knew every lyric to every song. A voracious reader, she relished quiet time with books. An exceptional cook, Wanda was famous for southern specialties including country-fried steak and cornbread.
Life’s simple pleasures (a good meal, a crossword puzzle, or a classic movie) brought her great joy.
Wanda lived a full life and she was well loved. She will be greatly missed and fondly remembered.
The family will hold a private service at a later date.
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