Wendy Tett McDonald was born and raised in Alliance attending grade school there and later moving to Canton where she graduated from GlenOak High School. Wendy was an accomplished Clarinet musician earning a scholarship and First Chair in High School. Wendy proudly went on to earn her Bachelor’s degree in Business Management from Malone University.
Wendy was preceded in death by her parents, Earlene Tett and Charles Kline and her brother Steven Wheeler. She leaves two sons to cherish her memory, Tawann (Cortnie) Smalls and Terrence Smalls, siblings Diana (Baye) Dickey-Olutosin, Dwight Wheeler, Patricea Wheeler, Patricia (Earl) Peoples and grandchildren, Malachi, Terrence, Toriana and Royal.
Wendy retired from The City of Canton where she held numerous positions. An avid reader and wordsmith, Wendy excelled in matters of business and public service helping many with various clerical needs and holding many volunteer positions. Wendy was President and CEO of Success Unlimited where she assisted clients with writing books, grants and other ventures. Wendy founded and facilitated The Relationship Café providing Bible studies and positive motivational group programs to help everyone improve their spiritual and personal lives until her health prevented her from this ministry that she dearly loved. Wendy was an ordained Minister and often prayed and counseled others dealing with life’s tough issues. Wendy was most proud to portray the part of Elizabeth Keckly at the National First Ladies Library, providing details of Elizabeth’s life as a slave and dressmaker to Mary Todd Lincoln. During her rich lifetime, Wendy obtained her Mediation license; volunteered with the Hall of Fame festivities; modeled for Kent State University Art department; assisted in editing The Freedoms Journal; was President of the Stark Metropolitan Housing Authority neighbors association at Shortridge Villa and assisted her friends and family in many other activities.
Wendy exhibited the love of Christ in how she treated everyone. She never held a grudge and she always thought outside the box! Her bright smile and genuine love will be missed by everyone that knew her!
“For I know the plans I have for you” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”