GREENVILLE, S.C. — Wanda Matthews Bennett passed away at Rolling Green Village in Greenville, S.C. She previously lived in Ashtabula for 35 years. She took her last breath at 11:30 p.m., July 6th and was pronounced deceased at 1 a.m., Monday, July 7, 2014. July 6th was the birth date of her second much-loved husband, “Mr. B”. She left peacefully, many loved ones having told her hours before how much their lives were blessed because of her presence with them during life on this earth.
Wanda was born in Cleveland, Tenn., 87 years ago, to Wiley Dentford and Margaret (Blair) Haynes. She is preceded in death by her first husband, Clarence Bruce “C.B.” Matthews Jr. in 1980; her second husband, Ward E. Bennett in 2001; and one sister, Hazel Gauthier.
In 1945 during World War II, Wanda worked for the Pentagon Registry Department in Washington, D.C.
Wanda attended Lincoln Memorial University in Harrigate, Tenn. She studied Voice and graduated Cum Laude in 1949 with a Bachelor of Science in Biology. She was President of her sorority and listed in “Who’s Who in American Universities”. She and C.B. met at LMU and married after they graduated. She pursued a career in Medical Technology while living in Knoxville, Tenn., Paducah Ky. (where her two children were born), and Uravan, Colo. In Uravan and then after moving to West Virginia in 1965, she taught first grade and high school students.
In 1971, the family moved to Ashtabula where Wanda built a career of 30 years as a real estate agent, then a real estate broker, with Harbor Realty. She was chosen as “Real Estate Person of the Year” in 1975. In 2006 after she retired, Wanda moved to Greenville where her daughter and son-in-law live.
Wanda moved over 28 times in her life, had three successful careers, and two great marriages, yet there was a common thread. After her mother died when she was two, she was raised by her “Grandma and Grandpa Blair” with another sister and 9 aunts and uncles on a small farm. Grandma Blair set an example, teaching each member of the large household how to share their unique gifts to build a good and holy life for the whole family. Thus Wanda learned the selfless generosity for which she will be remembered by all who knew her.