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Gearlyn Wands Nov. 16, 1946 - March 10, 2017


March 14, 2017

Gearlyn Wands

Gearlyn Wands

Nov. 16, 1946 - March 10, 2017

Gearlyn Sue Wands, 70, of Lebanon, formerly of Sweet Home, died March 10, 2017. She was born Nov. 16, 1946 in Bend to Fred and Maxine May (Wells) Matson.

She married Paul Wands Feb. 17, 1977 and the couple lived in California for two years before moving to Sweet Home. Mr. Wands died in 2006.

Mrs. Wands lived at Linn Haven Apartments before moving to Wiley Creek Community for two years. In 2016 she moved to Bridge Creek and lived there until she passed away at Good Samaritan Regional Medical Center.

Before she was diagnosed with dementia, she belonged to Community Chapel on Ames Creek, attending weekly. She enjoyed crafts, Bingo, watching TV, and listening to music. She loved cats, cooking, flying kites and picking up shells on the beach.

Mrs. Woods is survived by four sisters, Betty Groves of Salem, Charlene Matson of Dallas, ImaJean Thompson of Lyons, and Norma Hutson of Sweet Home; brother Alfred Matson of Sweet Home; seven nieces and five nephews.

She was preceded in death by her two husbands, mother, father, one sister and one brother.

A funeral service will be at 1 p.m. Friday, March 17, at Sweet Home Funeral Chapel. Final burial will be at Lewis Cemetery.

Sweet Home Funeral Chapel is handling the arrangements.


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