Wanda Leila Etson was born March 13, 1961 in Provost, Alta. to Frank and Leila Etson, the fifth and baby of the family.
She was raised in and attended school in Chauvin, Alta.
Wanda married Wayne Buck and together had a daughter Leslie Ann. Wanda and Leslie moved to Big Valley where Wanda would become manager of the Lucky Dollar Grocery Store.
Many residents appreciated “Wicked Wanda” in the store.
She revelled in the notoriety of the name and although she used ‘colourful language’ she was a very efficient, thoughtful and terrific store manager. During this time, Wanda met Jack Nelson.
Jack’s job would move the couple to Consort, Alta. where Jon (1992) and Ethan (1994) were born.
Family ties and illness would bring the family back to Big Valley and then Erskine.
When Wanda’s Multiple Sclerosis progressed, she moved into Heritage House in Stettler where she remained until her death.
Wanda fought many battles.
She will be remembered for her love of animals, especially dogs and horses.
Wanda was an accomplished rider.
When she was still able, she enjoyed horseback riding and the outdoors. Wanda loved Leslie, Jon and Ethan and was always so happy to see them and especially appreciated the visits from her two grandchildren, Will and Mya.
Wanda is survived by her daughter Leslie (Steven) Pinder; sons Jon (Abby) Nelson and Ethan (Kayla and girls) Nelson; and grandchildren Will and Mya.
She also leaves her sisters: Ann (Art) Tizzard, Donna MacLean; and brothers: Ray (Elaine) Etson and Barry (Barb) Etson; and numerous nieces and nephews.
She was predeceased by both her parents Frank and Leila Etson.
Memorial donations may be made to Helping Hands or to Multiple Sclerosis.
Condolences may be sent to the family at www.stettlerfuneralhome.com.
Stettler Funeral Home & Crematorium entrusted with the care and funeral arrangements 403-742-3422.
Card of Thanks
The family would like to thank the many people in both Big Valley and Stettler that continued to visit Wanda regularly and ask about her.
Special thanks to Janet Campbell from Helping Hands for her twice-weekly visits and her friendship, that Wanda so enjoyed.
Also thank you to Wanda’s sister Ann Tizzard for her constant love, assistance and for always going above and beyond to help Wanda and the kids.
Finally, thank you to all the wonderful doctors and staff of Heritage House, past and present, that have provided excellent care for Wanda.