Wanda Carol Jentry
On Tuesday, February 16, 2021, heaven gained a Southern belle. Surrounded by family, Wanda Carol Jentry went to her forever home to be with our Lord after a brief battle with cancer.
Wanda was born on November 5, 1945, in Birmingham, Alabama, to George and Helen Douglas. She was raised in Aransas Pass, Texas, by Helen and Miller Darce when her mother remarried. On June 5, 1965, Wanda married her high school sweetheart, David Jentry. Wanda and David joined her dad, Miller, in the commercial fishing industry that eventually led them to Washington and then on to Kodiak, Alaska, in the late 1970s.
How do you capture the essence of Wanda? She had a personality and heart bigger than Texas or Alaska. Wanda and David not only raised their two daughters, Melissa and Helen, but over the course of her life they cared for her sisters, nieces and others. Many family friends were considered family members. She was known far and wide for her loving servant-like nature, her ability to light up a room with joy and her delicious meals. She never said no to anyone who needed her help. Family, friends, church community knew to call on Wanda, and call they did. Her delicious meals and elaborate presentation were a gift to many throughout the years, and she could always add her touch to make things beautiful. Whether she was outfitting the church, her mom’s nursing home or her own home for any one of the holidays with seasonal flowers and décor or serving a made-from-scratch home-cooked meal, it was a masterpiece of Southern charm and hospitality.
Her passion for helping people, as well as her love for being a fisherman’s wife, led her to join Kodiak’s Fishermen’s Wives & Associates when she moved to Kodiak. She loved helping fishing families and was a great comfort to many during tragedies or hard times. You can find some of her recipes in the cookbooks she helped produce and sell for the group. Her dedication to this cause, including her special touch at the memorial services, will be greatly missed.
“Everyone is welcome and the more the merrier” will forever be remembered as her philosophy. Ask any of her family or friends and they will tell you her home was a great place to be. She loved to cook her one-of-kind recipes, visit, play games, do art with family and friends, and laugh. She wanted everyone to feel welcome and to have a place at her table. She will be best remembered for how she loved others. Her kindness brought joy to so many. She left us so quickly, unexpectedly, but even in her leaving she inspired us to know Christ and grow more Christ-like as we live on.
Wanda was preceded in death by her parents George Douglas, Miller Darce and Helen Liggett and her sister Ramona Cornett. She is survived by her husband of 55 years David Jentry, her children Melissa (Tyler) Schmeil and Helen Jentry, grandchildren Kelly, Zackary (Shannon), Merissa and Kayla Schmeil, sister Becky Darce, brother Frank (Debbie) Douglas and nieces Rebecca and Kelly Heflin, Amy and Andrew Douglas, Kylee and Darce Markowsky, as well as many other loving family members and friends.
In lieu of flowers, donations in memory of Wanda can be made to Kodiak Fishermen’s Wives & Associates (PO Box 467, Kodiak AK 99615), Kodiak Bible Chapel (PO Box 1245, Kodiak AK 99615), or Hospice and Palliative Care of Kodiak (PO Box 8682, Kodiak AK 99615).
A memorial service will be held at the Kodiak Bible Chapel (416 Island Lake Road) on Friday, February 26, 2021, at 6 p.m.