Wanda Jean Sinclair, 84, of Tygh Valley, died Tuesday, June 15, 2014.
Wanda Jean Ralls was born on March 9, 1930 in Huntington Park, California. She was the first of four children born to Ernest Edgar and Opal (Ross) Ralls. Wanda grew up in and around Los Angeles County attending schools in Hunting Park, Canoga Park and Topanga Canyon. Fast-tracking her high school education with high academics scores she graduated ahead of her class. It was during this time that she met her future husband, Russell Sinclair. After a short courtship, the couple shared their wedding vows on Valentine’s Day, 1947. They enjoyed sixty-six years of marriage until Russell went home to be with the Lord on October 1, 2013.
Wanda was fun, funny, loving and merciful. Her favorite scriptures were the Psalms and whenever given a chance to comfort, she was quick to quote an appropriate scripture. Her daughters fully recognized her gift of expository speaking and teaching to match all situations. They, also, felt honored to be able to spend more time since their father’s passing in the presence of such a gracious woman.
Wanda was an awesome seamstress and spent many hours sitting in front of her sewing machine making matching tops for her four daughters to wear on annual summer vacation trips. Wedding dresses, bridesmaid’s dresses and prom dresses were not above her skill level. While living in Southern California, Wanda worked seven years at a small professional draperies shop.
In 1965, Russell and Wanda purchased a small general store in the mountainous town of Butte Falls. As the inexperienced couple plunged into the exciting role of business owners, they soon discovered it was not their forte. After six years they sold their business. Although Russell moved into a new career, Wanda stayed employed at the store under new ownership for a number of years longer. She enjoyed people and was always quick with a smile. During their time in Butte Falls, Wanda was involved in church activities at the local Assembly of God church as pianist and Sunday school teacher. Retirement took Wanda and Russell to the small community of Maupin, in north-central Oregon. Wanda again stepped into the role of pianist/organist during the worship service at the Maupin Community Church. Retirement was an easy transition for Wanda and Russell. Making new friendships and developing a loving atmosphere for their children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren to come and visit, the two cultivated their very own piece of paradise at the end of Shady Brook Road in Tygh Valley.
Wanda Sinclair was preceded in death by her husband, Russell Edgar Sinclair, and her parents, Ernest Edgar and Opal Ralls
Wanda is survived by sisters, Edith (Joy) Twedell of Albany, and Lois Roberts of Seaside, and one brother, Richard Ralls, also of Seaside. Wanda leaves behind four daughters and three son-in-laws, Linda and Kerry Long, JoAnn and Mike Stratton of Tygh Valley; Marilyn and Russell Paulson of Bend, Oregon; and Anita Sinclair of Tygh Valley. She is survived by fourteen grandchildren, Laura, Sam, Scott, Tiffany, Nathan, Stacy, Camy, Grant, Wade, Angel, April, Janna, Jaci, and Clyde; and 19 great-grandchildren.
Graveside service will take place, Sunday, June 29th at 11:00 am at the Dufur Cemetery in Dufur, Oregon. The Reverend Larry Moynihan will by officiating at the graveside, followed by a memorial service at 2:00 at Maupin Community Church in Maupin, Oregon. Wanda’s brother, the Rev. Richard Ralls will officiate at the memorial service.
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