Wanda Rodney

Wanda Audrey Rodney

Saturday, March 31st, 1923 - Friday, January 29th, 2021
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Wanda was born on March 31, 1923 in Carelton County,N.B. The first of 10 children Harold and Lillian Reid had Wanda, Bertram, Donald, Sterling, Chester, Douglas, and Delores. Her mother Lillian died when she was 14. Her father remarried Genevieve and the had Eleanor, James and Edith. The original seven were placed with other families to be raised. Despite this, they became very close later in life.
Wanda moved to Ottawa, Ontario after the war, where she met and married Lyall F. Rodney on October 12, 1946. Two children followed Lewis B. Rodney (1947) of Edmonton, Alberta and Bonnie L. Rodney (1950) of Richmond Hill, Ontario.

In 1950, Lyall re-enlisted in the army and until his death in 1968, Wanda followed her husband wherever he was posted. After his death in 1968, Wanda moved to Richmond Hill with her daughter, which became her home until present.

Wanda was predeceased by her husband and all his siblings and spouses. She also out lived all her siblings and has only one brother-in-law Raymond and Sister-in-law Carol remaining. She is survived by son, Lewis (Jan) and daughter Bonnie.

But there is a very large extended family of nieces, nephews and cousins scattered across Canada and the U.S …primarily in New Brunswick.

Wanda had a long full life. As an Army wife, she lived in Germany, Churchchill, Manitoba, New Brunswick and Ontario. She worked at many jobs: ice cream parlor, housekeeper, Federal and Provincial Governments and lastly Mackenzie Health (York Central Hospital) in patient reception until she retired in 1990.

Wanda had a large collection of friends a lot of whom considered her a surrogate mom…. Sharron, Pam, Suzanne, Chris and Rhonda. She always found room at the table for one more and could set up a cot for a weary traveler. Nobody left hungry and when family got together there were many stories and much laughter.
Wanda loved to travel mostly in Canada but wasn’t above a bus trip to Kuntcky. She also loved to watch the horse races in the Triple Crown and her favourite was show jumping from Spruce Meadow, Alberta.

Wanda was an avid reader, 2-3 books a week mostly mysterious. She could also knit up a storm and made many, many sweaters, baby blankets and neo-natal sets. But in later life her passion was genealogy and published a few things for the New Brunswick Archives.

Wanda had a great sense of humor and loved to laugh. She loved music, mostly Country and Gospel. She was an honest hard-working, loving, generous, adventurous soul, a pretty good baker always up for a road trip especially if ice cream is involved.

She will be profoundly missed by a great many people. Although there is a hole in the universe her love still shines on.
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Posted at 05:50pm
What a lovely write up and picture of your mom. You and Lewis really did have a good mom and for sure was a friend to many. Like everyone else when I look at the picture you chose I can hear her impish laugh. It’s perfect. She did like to have fun. Always positive. Read a lot and I remember we had some great conversations. I have many, many fond memories.

Sharron Forrest

Posted at 05:23pm

I will always miss you
With every passing day
The longing just to see you
Will never go away.

I have so many wonderful memories of the times we shared together, Rodney, including, while we were still in high school, when you graciously accepted the fact that we had painted your dining room without your permission; permitting me to drive through the Rocky Mountains when I just received my driver’s license; the many sleepovers at your home and at your trailer on Musselman’s Lake; knitting lessons, fun watching you complete paint-by-number work of arts; receiving wonderful letters from you when you lived in Fredericton and Calgary; teaching you Word Processing and then receiving a hilarious letter from you, thereafter, with your initial experience; and, more importantly, our 53 years of friendship.

Without judgement you cared and were always there to help when I most needed your guidance. You taught me well, and told me to look to the future, but most of all to be happy and true to myself. I love and miss you terribly, but you will always have a special place in my heart and I know that you will always walk beside me in spirit.

I am grateful to you, Bonnie, for sharing your Mom with me for more than half a century.

Love you Rodney!


Posted at 06:47pm
George Beatty
I remember your Mom, just like my grandmothers on all sides, loving, caring and I will never forget that wonderful laugh. God bless her heart. " Gone yet not forgotten, although we are apart, her memory lives within me forever in my heart."
It seems not to long ago I saw you both in the car at Allencourt. I'm very glad I told her that I loved her.
I didn't get to say the same thing to Al, He died this past sat. - call me if you want 647 688 5469

Kristen Wade

Posted at 06:57pm
Hi Bonnie.
This is Kristen Wade the psw for your mom. I’m so sorry for your loss. I’m really glad I got to meet her and you. Take care of yourself. You can email at the above email address or call 647-225-8713 if you want.

Wayne Beckett

Posted at 10:08pm
Bonnie and Lewis: How saddened I am to know of your mother’s passing. I have such fond memories of her: she was like mom to me when I was living with you in Fredericton. Always great meals even though she was working. I can still hear her infectious laugh. And Bonnie, I’ll treasure the photo .. just as I remember her. Our youth is behind us all now, but we shall hold on to these wonderful times that made life special. Keep In touch, Sincerely, Wayne Beckett

Bonnie Rodney Posted at 11:55pm

glad you had great memories of that time, as do I, mom WAS a wonderful woman....just a note though....I had a hand in those "great meals" as well lol.....thanks Wayne

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