Wendy Lea Wellman
December 29, 1955 - November 04, 2022
Obituary For Wendy Lea Wellman
Wendy was born in Calgary, AB, on December 29, 1955, to the delight of Vern and Vivian Wellman. Wendy passed away on Friday, November 4, 2022, in Grande Prairie, AB, at the age of 66 years.
She spent her first 6 years living in Ensign and Wayne, AB. Wendy was soon followed by her four sisters and one brother. When her father, a pharmacist, purchased the Shamrock Drugs store in 1966, her family moved to Grande Prairie.
Wendy was a thoughtful, caring aid to her mother as she developed a strong work ethic and took on the roles of a babysitter, meal prepper, and referee. With a genuine smile, strong hand, and kind heart, she was always there to offer unbiased advice to her siblings during times of strife. She was also always quick to aid her father at the drugstore. Her hard work ethic began doing custodial chores, deliveries, and filling in as a clerk after school and on weekends.
Wendy graduated from the Grande Prairie Composite High School before attending the Grande Prairie Regional College for a Business Administration program. Her diligence in detail won her a scholarship to continue her education. Unfortunately, money was tight, so she had to decline and enter the business work world. First at CIBC, then to North American Leasehold. Wanting to try life in a big city, she moved to Edmonton, AB, and started out as a temp at Celanese Canada INC. which turned out to last 18 years. Taking several evening classes to improve her education, she worked her way up to the company’s Treasury & Capital Asset Analyst.
Wendy loved animals, especially her dogs. She was a generous supporter of causes like the SPCA. She loved to travel and relished her visits to England, Ireland, Scotland, Wales, Greece, Italy, Barbados, and several U.S. states including Louisiana, Florida, Hawaii, California, Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, and Alaska. If Wendy wasn’t traveling, she was reading. Like her mother Vivian, she was a voracious reader.
Wendy was delighted in having company stay with her while she lived in Edmonton. She also loved to tour her guests around her city partaking in shopping, many live theater productions, and fine dining. She enjoyed music, and crafts and was particularly gifted at making cards and scrapbooking.
Wendy moved back to Grande Prairie in 2010, to be closer to family. She will be missed by her sisters: Rita (Bruce) Elliot, Laura (Glen) Urness, Holly (Terry) Clarke, and Maureen (aka Dee) (Bill) Whitlock; as well as numerous nephews, nieces, and her fur baby Cooper.
She was predeceased by her parents Vivian and Vern Wellman; brother Mark; as well as her fur baby Janal.
A realist she faced life like her courageous death. Appreciating the good things that life offered her and accepting that life is fleeting, and one must make the most of what they have in the moment for “this too shall pass”.
She will be dearly missed.
Be at peace sister.
In lieu of cards or flowers, memorial donation may be made to an animal rescue organization of one’s choice.
As per Wendy’s request, no funeral service will be held.
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