Wanda Lucille Pettipiece
March 10, 1937 - February 5, 2021
Wanda Lucille Pettipiece, 83, of Salem, Oregon passed away at the Rosewood Court in Salem, Oregon on Friday, February 5, 2021.
Wanda was born March 10, 1937 to Clarence and Vivian Pettipiece at their home in Diamond Springs, California. In 1942 she moved with her family to Nebraska. The gold mine where her father, Clarence, worked was ordered closed by the government so the miners could be sent to essential mines such as copper and silver for the World War II war effort. The family moved to a farm they had purchased which included Squaw Mound in April 1943 as Clarence could transfer from mining to farming.
Wanda attended Squaw Mound country school, but she did so well in school that she skipped a grade and ending up being in the same grade as her brother, Jerry. Wanda always wanted to be a teacher and she taught her two younger sisters before they started school.
Wanda graduated from Crawford high school at the age of sixteen and started teaching in September after attending Chadron Teacher’s College for just one summer. She eventually gave up teaching to help her brother, Clayton and family with their young children, Kim and Jay, while Clayton finished medical school in Omaha, Nebraska. Wanda worked for Bell telephone in Omaha, Nebraska for five years and was able to help both her sisters, Juanita and Mary Jane get temporary jobs there before they continued their career training. But later, Wanda returned to teach with her mother, Vivian, in Marsland, Nebraska and afterward in Belmont, Nebraska for two years. After that she moved to California to help her brother Kenneth and his wife when Joel and Cynkay were young.
After helping her mother, Vivian, after Vivian’s heart attack and recovery, Wanda moved to Spokane, Washington where she ran a daycare center. It was there that she met Lana Kennedy and children. Wanda became foster mother to Lana’s children, Chris and Delilah Kennedy when Lana could not take care of them.
Wanda and the Kennedys moved to Salem, Oregon where Wanda worked with the City of Salem as a clerk at an animal rescue clinic until she retired. She took care of her mother, Vivian, from 1992-until Vivian’s death in March, 2002. Wanda took care of her foster grandson, Jude after his birth in 2003 until his parents were able to assume his care.
Wanda will be remembered for her love of children and pets and the importance she gave to relatives and friends. Wanda was active in church since she made her commitment to the Lord Jesus Christ when she was young.
Wanda leaves to mourn her passing, foster daughter, Delilah Kennedy, foster son, Chris Kennedy and foster grandson, Jude. Her sisters, Juanita Voorhees, Mary Jane (Tom) Augustine and brothers, Duane (Carrol) Pettipiece and Jerry (Edith) Pettipiece. Many nieces and nephews, cousins and many friends and former students. Wanda was preceded in death by her parents Clarence and Vivian Pettipiece and her two brothers, Clayton and Kenneth and one nephew, David Pettipiece and two great nephews David Betten and Casey Adams.
A Celebration of Life will be 11:00am Friday, March 12, 2021 at Northgate Wesleyan Church (2405 Carleton Way NE) in Salem. Wanda will be laid to rest beside her parents at Greenwood Cemetery in Chadron, Nebraska.
Memorial contributions can be made to St. Jude Children’s Hospital https://www.stjude.org/ or your favorite charity. Assisting is Virgil T. Golden Funeral Service.
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