Wanda M. Layton Abati has come to live with us at Caring House. We’re honored.
Wanda was born and raised in Wilmington, CA, living in a house built by her father and grandfather. She was the eldest of three siblings, and graduated from Phineas Banning High School in 1941.
After graduating she started work at Fort MacArthur in San Pedro — an exciting place to work at the time because it served as the processing location for all drafted celebrities. She joined the WAVES (Women Accepted for Volunteer Emergency Service), an official part of the U.S. Navy created in response to the need for additional military personnel during World War II. The WAVES stationed her at the Navy Yard in Philadelphia.
Wanda came home to Wilmington upon her discharge. Wanda met her husband (Fred Abati) in 1948, and their first date was a Valentine’s Day party. They married later in 1948 and in 1951 welcomed Robin, their only child.
When Robin started school, Wanda started her many-year career at the George Whittington Tax office, where she verified and generated individual tax returns.
Following Fred’s retirement, Wanda and Fred moved to Grass Valley, CA. They built a custom home, with an orchard and garden. And became very active in the Italian Club.
Wanda and Fred loved Grass Valley, made many friends and lived there for 15 years. But when Fred got sick they they came back to the South Bay to be close to Wanda’s family. Wanda became Fred’s caregiver, looking after him until he died from complications of dementia. They were married 54 years.
Wanda’s joys have included knitting for Stitches from the Heart, volunteering at the Baptist school, doing yard work, reading, going to church and helping her family.
Things that immediately stand out about Wanda? Her readiness to help others, her devotion to family and her dedication as a caregiver.
We’re glad that Wanda is with us at Caring House. We’re proud to be caregivers for her.
Wanda died May 17, 2016. Honor her. Remember her.