Wanda Maxine Carpender
May 15, 1932 ~ January 31, 2017
February 3, 2017
Wanda Maxine Carpender passed away suddenly on
January 31 in Bonners Ferry with her loving
husband Sam by her side. A memorial service is
being planned for May 14, 2017.
Details will be shared at a later date.
She was born on May 15, 1932, to Walter and
Grace Runyon in Hayes, Kansas.
During the Great Depression, Wanda lived in many
small towns in Kansas, with Marysville being her
In 1945, Wanda and her family moved to Omaha,
Nebraska. In 1947, she met Sam Carpender and
only God could have joined two people born under
the same wandering star on September 3, 1950,
and boy, did they ever wander!
They moved from Omaha to Plymouth, Michigan, to
Laconia, Michigan, to La Mirada, California, to
Escondido, California, to Valley Center,
California, to Eureka, Montana, to Montana City,
Montana, to Ennis, Montana, to Dillon, Montana
and finally to Bonners Ferry.
Wanda made many friends in all of the stops, as
her Christmas card list seemed endless!
She is survived by her husband Sam and her
children Michael (Anne-Marie), Debra, and Carol
(Phil), grandchildren Katie, Natasha, Colin, Sam
and Alex, brother-in-law Mark, sister-in-law
Mag, her many nieces and nephews and devoted dog
Preceded in death by her parents, Walter and
Grace, sister Gwen, her beloved son David and
her many rescued pets.
If you would like to remember Mom, please
consider a donation to the Second Chance Animal
Shelter in Bonners Ferry or nationally with the
ASPCA. Or anytime you are enjoying a hot fudge
sundae ... think of Wanda!
She was our rock and will be dearly missed by
every one of us.
“The joy of the journey is in the ride.”