Twitchell, Wanda Jean, a 45 year resident of the South Bay, passed away on Friday, May 28, 2010 in Torrance. Born in Pine Bluff, Arkansas, Wanda was 85 when she died. Wanda was a friend of Bill W. since 1979 and spent the last 30 years helping others achieve and maintain their sobriety. She was also active in the United Methodist Women's group working at countless rummage sales over the years. In addition she was an avid sport fans and enjoyed watching ice hockey, soccer and basketball. Wanda also loved animals and over her lifetime she provided a home to number of stray cats. Wanda is survived by her daughter, Pamela (Michael) Lawrence of Tustin, CA; daughter, Christine (Michael) Klein of Torrance, CA; sister, Mildred (Bud) Demey of Webster Groves, MO; and five grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents, John and Willie Eckl and her husband of 49 years, Joseph. A gathering of family & friends will be held at Rice Mortuary in Torrance on Friday June 11, 2010 from 4 to 8pm. The Service will be held at Lutheran Church Of The Good Shepherd in Torrance on Saturday June 12 at 1pm. Burial will follow at Green Hills Memorial Park in Rancho Palos Verdes. In lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation to AA, the American Cancer Society or the Humane Society.

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  1. I send my deepest condolences to Chris and her family. I have know Chris since I was a year old and grew up with Wanda being almost like a second Mother to me. Wanda’s sense of humor and smile will remain with me always! Wanda will be dearly missed. I will think of her every time I see the color purple!! Little Reilly will certainly miss seeing “Grandma Wanda”. Our thoughts and prayers are with Chris, Pam and the whole family at this very difficult time! Lots of Love, Sandra, Clay and Reilly (Reilly sends BIG sloppy kisses!)

  2. I will miss Wanda’s beautifull smile. She truly touched my life and the lives of many people. To her family, I am truly sorry for your loss.

  3. At Redondo Beach First UMC, Wanda told me that she looked forward to visits from her grandchildren, who lived next door. She said her grandson visited each morning and made each day begin happy. We will miss her and her example of service to the community.

  4. To Wanda’s daughters, family, and the Grand dog.:) It was a sure pleasure to know your mother. I will miss her very much. I always say “not gone, just gone ahead” May you find comfort from the many memories you had together. She was definitely a character in our circles. We just loved her.There will always be a chair for her that no other can take her place. She carried the message. Fondly, Karen Halapoff

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