Our beautiful Mother was born Wanda Fridley on July 3, 1932 to her parents Harry and Katie Fridley in West Virginia. She was from a big family. 7 Girls and a boy! Siblings Buster (Wilbur), Virginia, Tiny (Elizabeth), Mary Ruth, Helen, Anna , & Monica. She was mother to three children, Gary, Debbie, and Robin. She had 3 grandchildren Tim, Dusty, and Shiloh. She was Great-grandmother to Niko, Jojo, Levi, and Logan. She was Mom and grandma to so many others over the years-you all know who you are! She will always be remembered for her kindness and sense of family. She kept every card and every picture we ever gave her. She was immensely proud of her family, celebrating each of our accomplishments right along with us. She never missed a birthday or a holiday and loved each of us unconditionally. The memories we have of holidays are very special. Christmas baking days-baking for hours -covering our kitchen with trays and trays of see's fudge, cookies, sandies, and stir-me-nots. Coming up with some new creative way to package it. It is a tradition she passed on to us all. A big tree with all the trimmings, special decorations she treasured bringing out each year. Always filled with treats and beauty and spirit. She made Christmas magical for the kids, too. Always making sure they had something that they were wishing for. No one was ever left out at Christmas- family or friend- you had a gift under the tree to open and a seat at the holiday table. In her earlier years, she was a bookkeeper. She worked for some big companies but loved working for the smaller family owned businesses as it gave her more opportunities to share her love of cooking, goodies, and a good party with their families! Mom taught us all the important things in life like family and kindness and being a good neighbor. If you lived next door to my Mom, you were included in "family" and she would give you the shirt off of her back if that is what you needed. If you were down and out and she knew it, she would go out of her way to make sure that you had the essentials and beyond. If you screwed up, she would tell you and make no bones about it, but that would never affect her love for you! She sacrificed so much to make sure that we all had not only a stable life, but had fun and adventure, as well as the ability to stand on our own two feet. She was strong, always. Strong in ways that mattered like weathering loss or picking up and starting over even though your heart is broken, and always being a comfort to your family when they are down. She had a rough go of it at times in her life but she always pulled through. She was an example of love and family and tradition to us all and we will always always love her for being our Mom, Grandma, Nanny, Aunt, sister, and the truest friend. We will forever honor a seat at our family table for our lovely, kind, caring, and feisty Mom.