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Denise Lael Wendover-Martin

February 14, 1957 November 24, 2018
Denise Lael Wendover-Martin
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Denise Lael Wendover-Martin

Denise Lael Wendover Martin passed away peacefully on November 24, 2018 in University Place, Washington. She was surrounded by her 3 daughters, husband and other members of her family. Born Valentine’s Day 1957 in Fairbanks, AK to Donald and Virginia Wendover (Glenn).Known as Lael, her spirit was vibrant and her personality strong.
Lael and her husband Leonard built a life in Kodiak, Alaska where they raised her youngest daughter Rosemary. She worked as a Special Education Paraeducator at East Elementary School and enjoyed using her time advocating for students and helping them learn. Throughout her life Lael used her talents for many things including being a dental assistant, real estate agent, and day care director. Lael loved children and working as a paraeducator especially because it afforded her the opportunity to spend her summers in Lakewood, Washington with her two older daughters Jessica and Jasmin along with her grandkids and great-grand kids. You could often find her in the kitchen developing recipes and creating food for those she loved. She very much enjoyed watching her family gather to share in meals and was always happy to cookfood and share herdelicious recipes. Lael was very passionate about her family and friends and had an uncanny ability to reach people in a deep and positive way. She will be remembered as a devoted wife, mother, grandmother and friend.
Lael was not religious in the traditional sense, but she believed that when she left her earthly body she would not be taken from those of us who remain here on earth and loved her so dearly. Her gracious, optimistic and compassionate spirit will linger and we will all continue to feel her presence surrounding us with adoring love.
Lael is survived by husband, Leonard; daughters, Jessica, Jasmin and Rosemary; brother, Val, her 3 sons-in-law, Andrew, Tino and Russell; grandchildren Taylar, Sebastian, Levi, Simon; great grandson and great granddaughters as well as many nieces, nephews, in-laws and friends. Lael is also survived by many other family members who love her dearly and her memory will live on in all of us as we are reminded of her presence daily.

We Do Not Die
Mary Elizabeth Frye
“Do not stand at my grave and weep
I am not there. I do not sleep.
I am a thousand winds that blow.
I am the diamond glints on snow.
I am the sunlight on ripened grain.
I am the gentle autumn rain.
When you awaken in the morning's hush
I am the swift uplifting rush
Of quiet birds in circled flight.
I am the soft stars that shine at night.
Do not stand at my grave and cry;
I am not there. I did not die.”


Arrangements by Edwards Memorial, Funerals Homes, Chapels and Crematories.
253-566-1008


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2:00 PM 11/29/2018 2:00:00 PM - 3:30 PM 11/29/2018 3:30:00 PM
Edwards Memorial Lakewood

11020 S. Tacoma Way
Lakewood, WA 98499

Edwards Memorial Lakewood
11020 S. Tacoma Way Lakewood 98499 WA
United States

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29

Nov

3:30 PM 11/29/2018 3:30:00 PM - 7:00 PM 11/29/2018 7:00:00 PM
Edwards Memorial Lakewood

11020 S. Tacoma Way
Lakewood, WA 98499

Edwards Memorial Lakewood
11020 S. Tacoma Way Lakewood 98499 WA
United States
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