Wanda Dench, the Arizona grandma who accidentally invited a stranger to her Thanksgiving dinner in 2016 and fashioned a phenomenal friendship with him because of this, is celebrating her first vacation with out her husband Lonnie Dench, who died from coronavirus in April.
“He had the truest coronary heart of affection, like no different,” Wanda advised native information outlet Arizona Household‘s Briana Whitney shortly after Lonnie’s dying. “He did so many acts of kindness that nobody ever heard about. He was my hero. And I am a greater particular person due to him.”
Jamal Hinton, the then teen who Wanda by chance invited to Thanksgiving dinner when she texted the fallacious quantity—after which prolonged the invite to the vacation anyway—shared the unhappy information on Twitter in April, writing, “As a few of you might have already discovered tonight Lonnie didn’t make it… he handed away Sunday morning however Wanda advised me all of the love and assist he was receiving put an enormous smile on his face so I thank each single certainly one of you guys for that!”
That very same month, Jamal additionally shared a video of him at lunch with Wanda, Lonnie, and his girlfriend Mikaela Grubbs, writing “We miss you Lonnie.”
Briana adopted up on the story of Wanda and Jamal, and shared that whereas the 2 will not get collectively on Thanksgiving this yr, as they’ve for the previous 4 years, they have been nonetheless celebrating the festivities—and honoring Lonnie within the course of.