Wanda Lee (Ridings) Goldsmith Edwards, 85, of Washington, went to be with her Lord and Savior on Friday, August 27, 2021, in Gulf Shores, AL. Wanda was born on May 26, 1936, in Eagan, TN to Virgil and Josephine (Smiddy) Ridings. She married Frank R. Goldsmith on September 16, 1953, in Metamora. She later married Richard Edwards on November 27, 2010.
She is survived by her husband, Richard, and her children, Marcia (Gary) Hedrick of San Antonio, TX, Michael Goldsmith of Morton and Jennifer (Dan) Vonachen of Peoria. She is also survived by her grandchildren, Elizabeth (Brian) Nowotny, Michael (Rachel) Hedrick and Sarah Hedrick, all of San Antonio, TX, Jason (Lindsey) Goldsmith of Sioux City, IA, and Alicia Goldsmith of New York, and Olivia and Natalie Vonachen of Peoria; her great-grandchildren, Emily, Owen, Sam, and Vivian Nowotny, Ben and Eliana Hedrick, and Aiyana, Jayvion, Jalycia, and Janaya Goldsmith; step-children, Rich Edwards, Jr., and Carol (Kurt) Smeltzer both of Washington, and Jeff Edwards of Atlanta, GA; step-grandchildren, Kyle (Carissa) Smeltzer, Justin (Shannon) Smeltzer, and Caleb and Josiah Smeltzer; and step-great-grandson, Vincent Smeltzer. She is also survived by her brothers, Carl Ridings, and Bob Ridings, and sister, Lucinda Harris.
She was preceded in death by two sisters and one brother.
Wanda’s first job was a curbie at Steak n Shake. She later went on to receive her cosmetology license at Liberty Beauty College in Peoria, graduating on December 9, 1961. She owned and operated her own beauty shop in Metamora for many years. She later worked as a furniture sales consultant at Dawsons Home Center and Leath Furniture.
She was very active in her church teaching Vacation Bible School and Sunday school for many years. She loved worshiping Jesus through music and sang in the choir at church.
She enjoyed traveling with her husband, Richard, and spending time with him on the beach in Gulf Shores. She was a devoted mother, wife and “Nanny” to her family. Her greatest joy was her relationship with Christ and because of her faith, one of her finest qualities was that she led many people to the Lord.
She enjoyed being outdoors in the garden, reading and loved to collect teacups and handkerchiefs. Whenever she would send a card to someone she would always send a handkerchief with it. She called it her “handkerchief ministry”. She never met a stranger and was loved by many.
Funeral Services will be held at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, September 7, 2021, at Bay View Baptist Church in Washington, with Reverend Keith Thibo officiating. Visitation will be held from 10 a.m. until time of her service on Tuesday, also at the church. Burial will be in Glendale Cemetery in Washington. Due to COVID protocols and our desire as a family to protect those in attendance, masks will be required, social distancing will be practiced, and temperature checks will be conducted at the door of the church. The funeral service will also be streamed through Bayview Baptist Church, Washington, IL and can be viewed either through YouTube or Facebook. A private dinner will be held afterwards by invitation only.
Donations may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital Midwest Affiliate, 530 NE Glen Oak Avenue, Peoria, IL 61637. Online condolences may be left at www.masonfuneralhomes.com.