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Wanda Dodd Calhoon

Published: Monday, July 14, 2014 11:44 a.m. CST • Updated: Monday, July 14, 2014 12:31 p.m. CST

Wanda Dodd Calhoon, 84, of Plano, Texas, formerly of Fort Dodge, went to be with the Lord on Saturday, July 5, 2014, at the Baylor Regional Medical Center in Plano, Texas.

A memorial service will be at 11:30 a.m. Thursday, July 17, at the First Presbyterian Church in Fort Dodge with Rev. Austin Hill officiating. Burial will be in North Lawn Cemetery. A time of gathering for family and friends will be at 10:30 a.m. until the time of service Thursday at the First Presbyterian Church. The Gunderson Funeral Home and Cremation Services are in charge of arrangements.

Wanda Mary Lou Dodd, the daughter of George and Lydia Dodd, was born March 23, 1930, in Osceola. Wanda graduated from high school in Newton in 1948. She met the love of her life, George Calhoon, while attending the University of Iowa. On Sept. 4, 1950, they were married in Newton. They spent most of their married years in Newton and Fort Dodge. Wanda had a gift for creating a home that was warm and welcoming to all. Her passion was her family. Her talents and hobbies included cooking, gardening, sewing, spending time with family and friends and making the holidays special. She was employed by First National Bank later Norwest Bank, and was a member of First Presbyterian Church.  

Wanda was preceded in death by George, her beloved husband of nearly 55 years. Other loved ones who welcomed her into Heaven include her son Steve Calhoon; great-grandson Nathan Martens; her parents; all five brothers; and her two sisters.  

Her legacy lives on in the hearts of those family members who survive her, daughter Nancy Martens of Eau Claire, Wis.; grandson Chris (Christina) Martens and great grandsons Lucas and Logan of Duluth, Minn.; granddaughter Ann Martens of Eau Claire, Wis.; daughter Jan (Denny) of Plano, Texas; granddaughter Sara (Chris) Geraci and great grandchildren Barrett and Aleena of Pensacola, Fla.; grandsons Kyle and Steven Farmer, both of Plano, Texas; daughter Amy (Duane) and granddaughters Mollie and Olivia Guthrie of Allen, Texas.  

Wanda recently moved to Plano, Texas, to be near to family. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to the American Lung Association.

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