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Wanda Ann Garrett-Allen

March 24, 1956 ~ April 17, 2021 (age 65)


Service will be live streamed on S.L. McLaughlin Funeral Home Facebook Page at 2pm.

Wanda Ann Garrett - Allen was born March 24, 1956, in Albany, NY to her  parents the late Jesse R. and Malinda Hunt Garrett. She was the youngest  of five siblings. 

Wanda truly enjoyed life. She began her journey in the Albany Schools  District, later pursuing a higher education from State University New York  (SUNY). Throughout her lifetime, Wanda made a home in Brooklyn, NY  where she lived for 30-years. She lived in other areas such as; Rhode  Island, Panama, Georgia, and North Carolina. Wanda lived out her later  years in Memphis, TN to be close to her sister- Jacqueline. While she  danced to her own beat, Wanda accepted the Lord as her Savior at an  early stage in her life. She enjoyed attending church regularly and contributed faithfully by tithing.  

As we reflect on the beautiful memory of Wanda, we will remember her  for her bright smile, authentic personality, and unique sense of fashion.  She was truly a fashionista. Wanda never met a stranger. She was loving  and trusting of people. If she had 3 cents she had no problem giving you  2 cents. Her love for people, her eagerness, and her free spirit allowed  her to connect with lifelong friends as well as acquaintances, who loved  and enjoyed her dearly and will have everlasting memories of their time  together. 

Wanda gained her wings on Saturday, April 17th, 2021 at Baptist East  Memorial Hospital in Memphis, Tennessee. 

Those gone on before...

There were many people who Wanda loved deeply, who predeceased her  in death. The eldest brother, Rev. Dr. Jesse H. Garrett; brother Timothy  R. (Hakeem) Garrett; brother Thomas A. (Tony) Garrett; Motherly, sister in-law, Mary Ann Garrett, oldest nephew, Keith Stinney, and nephew, Ste phen Garrett. A very close friend, Gary Johnson, Kwame’s Godfather, and  also Mrs. Alberta Wakefield, or “Ma,” to Wanda.  

Those of us that loved her dearly.

Two loves of Wanda’s life, her only child, son, Kwame A. Garrett, Okla homa City, OK., her only grandchild, Zawadi H.Haynes – Garrett, Bronx,  NY. A special daughter, Valerie Haynes and children. One and only sister  and last sibling, Jacqueline R. Dandridge. Her dearly loved “bro-n-law”, El der Michael Dandridge, both of Memphis, TN. Four childhood nieces and  nephews; Sandra R. Garrett, Albany, NY, Denise M. Garrett, Poughkeep sie, NY, Andre A. Garrett, California, and Daryl D. Garrett (deceased). She  also leaves to mourn other nieces and nephews: The Dandridge children,  Rev. Dr. Jessie H. and Elder Bajei Garrett, children, Timothy R. (Hakeem)  Garrett, children, Thomas A. (Tony) Garrett, child, and cousins; The Hunt  & Owens Family, and many great-nieces and nephews who knew that  Aunt Wanda loved and supported all their life efforts.  

Special Thank You 

from Kwame A. Garrett & Jacqueline R. Dandridge: 

S.L. McLaughlin Funeral Home LLC. 

Elder Michael Dandridge 

TM Branding Co. 

Angel on Earth 

I met an angel on earth. 

She was a mother. 

Her greatest creation her son - who came second to none  

She gave him life and he gave her the same  

they’d share laughter, anger, joy and pain 

She wrapped her arms around his heart so if ever she was gone in her embrace he’d remain. 

I met an angel on earth  

She was a baby sister.  

A comforting shoulder and listening ear  

Through scraped knees and heartbreaks she was always there  

A built in companion to share life’s highs and lows 

If ever she was gone they’d always feel her close  

For a sisters love falls with the rain and rises with the sun 

A bond unbreakable old or young 

I met an angel on earth  

She was a grandmother  

who loved her grand babies like no other  

she’d smother them in kisses and hugs 

irreplaceable moments of laughter, with no one to judge  

“No chipped nail polish, show your a lady  

boobs, arch, and booty .. don’t be lazy” 

I must admit she drove us crazy 

I met an angel on earth 

with a smile as contagious as the love she gave  

a God fearing woman 

who loved her family and friends  

As vacant as our lives may feel without her 

Our hearts will forever be content having had the experience of her love. 

Written by Zawadi Haynes-Garrett & Kaleema Maye

TM BRANDING CO., LLC. 405-223-1605 


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Memorial Service
May 1, 2021

2:00 PM to 3:00 PM
S.L. Mclaughlin Funeral Home
1226 Broadway
Albany, NY 12204

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