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Wanda Smarz, 51, of Dallas, TX, passed away December 13, 2014, at her home in Dallas after a long battle with cancer. Funeral services will be held Saturday, May 2, 2015 at 11:00am at Little Forks Lutheran Church, rural Hatton, ND. A visitation will be held from 10:00am until the time of the service at the church.
Wanda Johnson, was born in Inglewood, CA on May 2, 1963. She grew up in North Dakota and California. From 1976-1978, Wanda attended Hatton High School in Hatton, ND. She then moved back to California where she graduated from William Howard Taft High School in Woodland Hills, CA.
Wanda moved to Texas in 1988. She was a long time employee of Maxim Integrated where she held various positions related to Information Technology.
Wanda enjoyed taking care of her many cats and was active in animal rescue programs over the years.
She enjoyed playing cards with friends and visiting the Oklahoma Casinos for a little gambling.
Wanda leaves behind her mother, Virginia Estrada of Carrolton, TX; her father, Orrin Johnson of Hatton, ND; sisters, Victoria Estrada of Austin, TX, and Melissa Johnson of Dallas, TX; brother Richard Johnson of Hillsboro, ND; nephews: Michael Deitch of Austin, TX, Stephen Johnson of Lake Norden, SD and Nathan Johnson of Hillsboro, ND; nieces, Kimberly McRitchie and Nikila McRitchie of Hillsboro, ND;
Wanda will be sorely missed by family and friends.
A special thanks to Amity Hospice of Dallas, TX who provided Wanda's care in her last days.
Wanda, There is never a day that goes by that I do not think of you. I will forever cherish the friendship that we had for so many years. You were a genuine and compassionate person who will never be forgotten for your kindness toward people and animals. I feel blessed to have been able to have called you my friend. Until we meet again .... God Bless
Pam Kowalski Apr 27 2015 12:00 AM
I met Wanda thru my sister-n-law Suzie they both were going thru breast cancer at the same time and helped each other very much. Wanda was a beautiful person, very full of life , a fighter and my life was enriched by just knowing her. This world will miss her very much. Rest in Peace Wanda
Karen (Neicy) Stalvey Jan 8 2015 12:00 AM
The 3 1/2 years we were friends went so fast. Our friendship was one of the best things to come out of our cancer journeys. I could talk to you about anything. Alot about cancer stuff that no else understood but you. But then the great lively conversations about religion and politics and then the light hearted stuff about your cats and my dogs. I miss you every day, Wanda. We never knew each other before cancer, but someday, we will see each other again. Both with NO cancer. But I will still fight on earth as long as I can, with the encouragement and hope you gave me!
Suzie Tatom Dec 31 2014 12:00 AM
I'll truly miss my beautiful daughter and the way her smile would light up the room. She will always be in my heart along with the good times we shared together.
Virginia Estrada Dec 19 2014 12:00 AM
i was so blessed to have had Wanda as my sister and best friend. She had the biggest smile snd loved to pull a practical joke. Even in her last few days she would say something and I'd have to ask her if she was serious. She had a calling to be the Crazy Cat Lady. If there was a fur baby in need she'd rescue it. Wanda and I walked the nearly 4 year journey hand I hand. We laughed, we cried, and we had fun. She made my son snd I take her to the casino nearly every week in the last couple of months, it was her "Happy Place". I miss our daily chats which always ended with I love you. Wanda taught me so much during her lifetime but the message she kept repeating was "Live Happy". I love you sissy and I can't wait to hold your hand again. Our souls will always be together.
Victoria Donna Estrada Dec 17 2014 12:00 AM