St. Anne’s Episcopal Church
2690 Fairlawn Drive, Winston-Salem, NC 27106
Saturday, May 20, 2017
Nov 24, 1927 - May 13, 2017
On Saturday, May 13th, 2017 Wanda Brazile Spradling went peacefully to her eternal home in heaven. Born in 1927 on Thanksgiving Day, Wanda’s full, wonderful life, brought thanksgiving to so many. Growing up in Pelham, Tennessee surrounded by beautiful mountains, Mae Wanda was the eldest of six children, learning early on how to nurture and care for others - a gift she excelled in for over 89 years. She loved learning, she loved beauty, she loved to laugh, and she lived her life loving others. Wanda was always an outstanding student and after graduating high school and business college, she worked as a secretary for DuPont in Chattanooga. There she met and married William Robert Spradling in 1951 and shortly after, they transferred to DuPont’s home office in Delaware. In subsequent years they resided in northern New Jersey and then back to Delaware while raising their daughters, Linda and Karen. Adventurous and fearless, Wanda loved driving into NYC to take her daughters to a ballet, play or museum. She was an amazing, selfless, loving wife, mother, grandmother, sister, daughter and friend. She was a fabulous homemaker, making everything beautiful, even magical, with her creativity and love. Her heart went out to the needy, serving with her husband on church mission boards while in New Jersey, Delaware, and Tennessee. After Bill’s retirement, she returned to Chattanooga and there they partnered with area churches to found Room In The Inn, a shelter for women and children, where they joyfully served. Throughout their lives Wanda and Bill travelled throughout North America, visited the Holy Land, and ultimately went to Paris to see their AFS “French daughter,” Sylvie Kooty Landon, who had lived with them for a year while in Delaware. As much as she travelled, Wanda never lost her passion for her beloved Tennessee home and family, always staying in touch – even without Facebook! Wanda and Bill built their final home in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. They were active in their church family and brought love to all they touched. Wanda’s faith, her sacrificial character, her strength, her wit, her graciousness and impeccable manners were at the core of this dearly loved, truly gifted, amazing woman. Her memory lives on in her loved ones: daughter Linda and Chris McClellan, daughter Karen and Ken Hoglund, and sister Frankie Winton; her grandchildren and great grandchildren Melanie, Robert, Joseph and Chloe Hartnett; Orion, Joanna, Jackson, Lee and Annie McClellan; Jacob, Rett, Hamp and Maggie McClellan; Matthew, Lauren, Charlie and Beck McClellan; Chace Hoglund; Meagan and Jordan Conklin; as well as all the wonderful Tennessee, Florida, and North Carolina nieces, nephews, grand- and great-grand relatives, a plethora of friends and the wonderful caregivers over the last years of her life (Elaine Williams, Kathy Naylor, Ann Dickson, Christine Hargraves, and the staff at Kate B. Reynolds Hospice Home). A celebration of Wanda’s life will take place at St. Anne’s Episcopal Church in Winston-Salem at 3:00 p.m. on Saturday, May 20th. In lieu of flowers, please pass on a simple act of kindness. Wanda would love that. Online condolences may be made to www.salemfh.com.
When Wanda and Bill came to Winston-Salem to be near their daughter and son-in-law, Karen and Ken Hoglund, they joined the Fellowship Class at Maple Springs United Methodist Church where they shared their love and graciousness with Bill becoming a revered teacher and Wanda contributing her love through her friendship and delicious offerings at class dinners. In order to ease the effort of bringing in dishes and other objects to the church, Wanda arranged automatic door openers to the Fellowship Hall which continue to greatly assist persons with dishes and packages as well as persons with canes and walkers coming into the Fellowship Hall. They were truly loved members and always reflected the love of Jesus Christ in their lives.
Maple Springs United Methodist Church
Dear Family, as a WFU colleague and friend of Ken and Karen Hoglund, I know how beloved Wanda was to her family, and how graciously she journeyed through her final stage of life. My husband Duncan and I send you our deep condolences and will continue her joyful legacy through mindful acts of kindness as requested.
I would like to share a comforting Scripture from God's inspired Word, the Bible with the Family. Isaiah 41:10 says: "Do not be afraid, for I am with you. Do not be anxious, for I am your God. I will fortify you, yes, I will help you, I will really hold on to you with my right hand of righteousness". Please accept my sincere condolences. Always remember Jehovah God loves you and he cares for you! (Psalm 36:7; 1 Peter 5:7) jw.org