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WENDT, Mary Virginia Martin Age 83, long time resident of Lancaster, passed away in Riverside, Calif., on Friday, October 29, 2010. A proud descendent of Texas pioneers, Mary grew up in the South as part of 'the greatest generation'. Throughout her life she lived in numerous states, as well as outside of the U.S., in Guam and Spain. Although Mary finally settled in California, her heart always belonged to her beloved state of Texas. In California, Mary held various positions in the aerospace industry, working for more than 15 years in administrative and project analyst positions including top secret government projects. She retired to Lancaster in early 1990s and was active with the Lancaster Senior Center, where she made many friends and was active in craft fairs and events. Mary loved music and dancing, and in her early years won several jitterbug dancing contests. She was very talented and creative, and loved woodworking, painting, ceramics, sewing, custom furniture construction. She won prizes for her paintings and crafts. A life long love of learning led her to pursue studies in interior design, computers and history. Mary was always a strong, 'can do' woman. Mary raised three children: Vicki France, Valerie Bates, and William 'Bill' Wendt. She was proud grandmother of Melissa Pouey, Vanessa France, and Jasara Bates, and great-grandmother of Roxanne Pond, Quinn Gurney, Nathaniel Mendenhall, Caden Mendenhall and Lily Goupil. Memorial services will be held at 10 a.m. , Saturday, Nov. 6, 2010, in the Chapel at Olive Grove Retirement Resort, 7858 California Avenue, Riverside.

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