In Loving Memory of Wanda Arlene Vorhies


Wanda Arlene Vorhies made her final journey on January 22, 2017. Born January 11, 1928 in York, Nebraska and the oldest of three children. Raised on a farm during the Great Depression, and living through World War II; Wanda valued the benefits of hard work, and wasn’t afraid to strive for her independence and for equal opportunity; even though the era she grew up in pushed against those aspirations of women.

Wanda was a long-time resident of Nebraska and later moved to Mesa, Arizona in 1978, residing at Venture Out Retirement Resort. She met the love of her life, Don Vorhies, and had twelve wonderful years together before his passing in 1993.

Wanda was an avid traveler and loved cruising. In 1997, she embarked on a world cruise and felt it was one of the best times of her life!

She also loved playing all sports and was a fierce competitor. While at Venture Out, she was elected president of the Tennis Club, but also played golf and table tennis; winning numerous awards and trophies.

In her late 60s, she hiked the Grand Canyon. Refusing to ride a mule, she hiked the mile down journey of the canyon; training avidly before her hike in preparation of the strenuous, but rewarding endeavor.

She always said she was “Born in a Hurry,” and that’s how she lived her life; to the fullest, and in a rush to not miss anything. She also called herself “A Long-Range Planner,” or “LRP” as she said; always putting others first, and assuring her loved ones were taken care of to the best of her ability.

Wanda is survived by her daughter, Linda McKenna and granddaughter Jenna McKenna, in San Tan Valley, Arizona, where Wanda spent the last few months of her life. Wanda is also survived by her oldest granddaughter, Jaime Zickus in Scottsdale, Arizona, as well as Jaime’s father Brian Zickus. Jaime also has a son, Zachary Zickus, who will carry out Wanda’s legacy of good genes: determination, stubbornness, and above all, kindness and generosity.

Her kindness, generosity, and beauty, inside and out, will be greatly missed. She lit up every room, and was beloved by all who had the pleasure of knowing her. She was the best of the best. She is now resting peacefully in eternity with her beloved Don in heaven. God has a special spot for you in his Kingdom.

-Obituary written by Linda and Jenna McKenna


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