Wanda was a loving and caring woman who greeted everyone she met with love and a smile. Widely known for her phrases such as, “Hey Boo-Boo!”, “Love ya, later” and “Hey looka here!” She lived a wonderful life and impacted everyone that she met.
Wanda passed away peacefully at VCU Medical Center in Richmond, Virginia on Sunday, February 12th, 2023. She was surrounded by her loving family and friends during her transition.
She was born in Washington D.C. on March 31, 1964, to James E. Adams and Louise H. Adams. Her father nicknamed her, “Baltimore” at an early age and everyone in her family knew her as such. Growing up in Washington D.C., Wanda found interests in dance, cheerleading, and playing the violin. She was a cheerleader for Friendship Junior High and practice squads with Ballou High School. Between many band concerts and cheerleading opportunities, she found a stronger love of dance. She was accepted into the Duke Ellington School of Arts where she would live out her dream of dancing.
In her adult years, Wanda worked with numerous law firms in the Metropolitain area upon her move to Virginia in the early 1990s. She relocated to Montross, VA where she resided until her passing. Wanda worked in the food industry as a cook with Westmoreland Rehabilitation and Healthcare, Stratford Hall Plantation and Montross BP. She was a dedicated worker and worker of God.
Upon her diagnosis of Breast Cancer, she met many wonderful people who she grew to love as family. She participated in many parades, shows administered by Pink Expressions ‘Defying the Odds” Foundation, and Breast Cancer Relays. She epitomized the definition of faith through her battle with cancer. Wanda loved to attend the football and basketball games at Washington and Lee High School and was never hard to find because she always had the crowd hyped. She also enjoyed golf, college basketball, shows like, “Wheel of Fortune,” “The Price is Right,” and “Deal or No Deal.” She was a huge fan of The Washington Redskins. Her love for her children and grandchildren was showcased in everything she did.
Wanda was proceeded in death by her brother Herbert El Brooks Jr.
She leaves to cherish treasured memories her parents James E. Adams and Louise H. Adams of Maryland; four children: Marty (Richmond, VA), Marshay (William) (Dahlgren, VA), Sasha (Montross, VA), and Curtis (Montross, VA); six grandchildren: Shyla, Leo, Kimani, Leah, Mary and Malia; five aunts: Jackie Lee (Waldorf, MD), Dorothy White (Baltimore, MD), Betty Robinson (Washington D.C.), Mary Gaines (Ft. Washington, MD) and Marie Lee (Waldorf, MD); one uncle, Roosevelt Adams (Josie)(Philippines); Wanda leaves five siblings: Bonnie Harris (David) Waldorf, MD), Deborah Brooks (Oak Grove, VA), Sheila Adams-Dykes (Dennis) (Waldorf, MD), Brenda Adams-McCain (Everett) (Ft. Washington, MD), Bruce Adams (LaShon) (Washington, D.C.), and Tiffany Burton (Adrian) (Bowie, MD); one sister-in-love, Nina Brooks (Colonial Beach, VA); Wanda also befriended some wonderful people she held closely: Karen Wright, Pamela Branson, Linda Coleman, Lynn Campbell, Beverly Lovelace, Walter “Man” Thomas, Kim Brown-Butler, Marcus Mayo, Sharon “Twinkle” Scott, and Lesley Brooks; and a host of nieces, nephews, and cousins she prided deeply.
Service of Remembrance will be held on Saturday, February 25 At 11AM in the Auditorium of the Westmoreland High School, 16762 Kings Highway, Montross, Virginia 22520.
A viewing will be held from 4PM until 6PM on Friday, February 24 in the chapel of the WELDON-FISHER FUNERAL HOME and from 10 AM until service time on Saturday at Westmoreland High School.
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