Obituary of Wanda Lorraine Blew
“Why Settle for Sand Dunes When there are Mountains to Climb” Wanda Lorraine Blew 1925-2021 Wanda Blew passed peacefully from this earth to her heavenly home on Thursday, September 2, 2021. She was surrounded by her three adult children, who were thankful to be together at her side. The family appreciates the support and care she received from Hospice of Havasu and Serenity Residential Care Facility. Wanda, from Lake Havasu City, was an adventurous person whose love for life was contagious to many. She was born to Albert and Elsie Smith on December 17, 1925, in Wichita, Kansas. The family grew to seven children, with Wanda smack dab in the middle. As a child, Wanda loved to climb trees. As an adult, she would use her imagination to tell her children stories about her tree climbing adventures. When Wanda was ten, the family moved to Omaha, Nebraska. It was in Omaha where Wanda completed high school, graduated as a registered nurse from Nebraska Methodist School of Nursing and became a runner-up to Miss Nebraska. It was also during this time when Wanda met Lyle E. Blew and they married on August 31, 1946. Wanda and Lyle eventually moved to Norwalk, California, where Lyle was a school guidance counselor and Wanda was an obstetrics and pediatrics nurse. It was in Southern California where they raised their family. Later, the couple spent its retirement years in Lake Havasu City. During these years, Wanda was a devoted wife, mother, daughter, grandmother, great grandmother -- even great, great grandparent -- sibling and friend to many. Other interests included reading, gardening, traveling, baking, cooking, sewing and crafts of all sorts. As a young child, Wanda put her faith in Jesus Christ. Over the years, she lived her faith serving others. For years, she taught Sunday school and was involved in many events with her children and grandchildren. During retirement, she enjoyed years of service in the Christian Women’s Club in Lake Havasu City. She particularly enjoyed local and overseas mission projects at Calvary Baptist Church. As a resident at Prestige Assisted Living Facility, Wanda found joy in wheeling herself to church services in her wheelchair when she no longer could walk. Wanda is survived by her three children and their spouses, seven grandchildren, 14 great grandchildren and five great-greats. Mom, aka "grammy," is deeply loved and leaves a legacy of happy memories to her family. Through her strong and independent nature, she taught her children and grandchildren how to live. She had an incredibly positive attitude and unique sense of humor. She also taught her children how to accept things in life that cannot be changed as her health and abilities declined. Those closest to Wanda in recent months knew she was ready to leave this world, hopeful of her life to come, solid in her faith and looking forward to seeing Lyle. She often said she “Ioved him and he loved me.” Wanda’s hospice nurse said soon after she passed “Wanda, you did it!” Yes! We miss you, mom, and are so happy for you. Send a Memory. A Fund for a Memorial Bench at Rotary Park in Lake Havasu City is being established. Contact family if you are interested in details. Arrangements were placed in the care of Lietz-Fraze Funeral Home and Crematory. Thoughts and condolences may be submitted to the family at www.lietz-frazefuneralhome.com To send a FREE card to the family go to www.sendoutcards/lietzfraze
A Fund for a Memorial Bench at Rotary Park in Lake Havasu City is being established. Contact family if you are interested in details.