Wanda Hudnall, 87, passed away on Friday, April 22, 2011, at her residence at Solterra At White Mountains in Lakeside. The funeral service was held April 27 at Owens Livingston Mortuary-Heritage Chapel in Snowflake. The concluding service and interment immediately followed at the R.V. “Mike” Ramsay Memorial Cemetery in Snowflake.
She was born the third of eight children on July 26, 1923, in Ozark, Ark., to the late Frank Cheatham and Mamie Owens Cheatham. As a teenager, Wanda moved to California in 1940 and worked in the naval shipyards as a “Rosie the Riveter Girl” during World War II, proudly fulfilling her part of the war effort.
Wanda met her future husband, Albert Burke “Bill” Hudnall, during the war and they were married on Jan. 2, 1946, in Reno, Nev. Bill preceded her in death on March 1, 2005, after 59 years of marriage together. Wanda and Bill were the proud parents of two children, Phyllis Ann Casillas and Burke Hudnall.
Not only was Wanda a devoted wife to her husband and a loving mother to her children, she, too, was a doting grandmother to her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. They all brought her so much joy and she always looked forward to spending time with them. Wanda even sacrificed her time to help raise four of her granddaughters, Julia, Jeanie, Allison and Rhonda. It was a sacrifice she truly considered a privilege, and she was extremely grateful for the opportunity to help them grow into accomplished young women.
Wanda enjoyed many activities. She loved camping and fishing in the White Mountains, as well as at Roosevelt Lake. She also thoroughly enjoyed exploring ghost towns and was always on the lookout for the old bottles that could be found there. She was an avid hunter of arrowheads and enjoyed every adventure she had in searching for them. She also took great pride in her home and yard.
Wanda will be dearly missed by her family, as well as the many friends whose lives she so tenderly touched.
Survivors include her son, Burke Hudnall of Snowflake; one brother, Mack Cheatham of San Leandro, Calif.; two sisters, Ava (Les) Bowden of Russellville, Ark., and Gena Faye Thomas of Tulsa, Okla.; seven grandchildren: Deanna (Jorge Marquez) Casillas, Rhonda Brown, Julia Casillas, Jeanie Casillas, Sgt. Jeremiah (Mary Elizabeth Hojek) Hudnall, USMC, Allison Hudnall and Amanda Hudnall; three great-grandchildren, Tyler Brown, Riley Shea Hudnall and Monica Marquez; and several nieces and nephews.
Along with her husband, Wanda was preceded in death by her daughter, Phyllis Ann Casillas on Sept. 17, 1994; and four sisters, Olla Thornton, Reba Phillips, Ethel Hicks and Ruth Earwood.
Memorial contributions in Wanda’s name to the American Cancer Society, P.O. Box 22718, Oklahoma City, Okla. 73123-1718, or to the White Mountain Hospice Foundation, P.O. Box 1975, Lakeside, Ariz. 85929, have been suggested by her family.