of Searcy, AR
November 16, 1925 - September 6, 2023
Wanda Regenia Gilmore (Herren), 97, of Searcy, Arkansas, passed away on September 6, 2023. She was born on November 16, 1925, in Dato, Arkansas.Wanda was a loving mother and Nana, always giving more of herself than she ever wanted in return. She was a beautiful person inside and out, known for her selflessness and always thinking of others. Wanda was loved by all who knew her and had a knack for storytelling, especially I about the "olden days,'' as her daughter fondly referred to them. At the age of 18, she embarked on a journey from Dato, Arkansas, to St. Louis, Missouri, where she secured a job and an apartment on the very day of her arrival. Throughout her life, Wanda remained strong and independent, navigating her way through challenges with resilience.Wanda is survived by her daughter, Theresa Linn, and her grandchildren: Mandy Terhune (Jason), Kyle Hughes (Samantha), Alexis Linn (Timi), Great Grandchildren: Jace Terhune (Cami), Rylan Terhune, Cameron Terhune, Leo Terhune, Lyam Hughes, Zarife Ibrahimi, Arber Ibrahimi, and Roen Ibrahimi. She was also a beloved sister to Peggy Herren and special Aunt to Cindy Bryant. Heather Patterson, a special family friend and caregiver, held a special place in Wanda's heart.Wanda was preceded in death by her father, Geoffrey Herren, her mother, Ruth Herren, her husband Robert L Gilmore, Jr. who was a retired Master Sargeant from the United States Air Force, her brothers Bill Herren and Bob Herren, her sisters Patsy Bryant and Linda Oliver, and her brother Terry Martin. During World War II, Wanda worked at an ammunition factory. She also had a career as a cosmetologist and waitress, where she touched the lives of many with her skills and warm personality.Wanda worshipped at a Baptist church, finding solace and community in her faith. A memorial service to celebrate Wanda's life will be held on Monday, September 18, 2023, at 2:00 p.m. The service will take place at Roller Daniel Funeral Home in Searcy, Arkansas, which has been entrusted with the arrangements.Wanda Regenia Gilmore will be deeply missed by her family and friends. Her love, kindness, and storytelling will forever be cherished. May she find eternal peace and continue dancing in the sky.