• 51 years old
  • Date of birth: Feb 2, 1965
  • Place of birth:
  • Date of passing: Jun 3, 2016
  • Place of passing:
    WILMINGTON, Delaware, United States

The Vando and Idonije families announce with deep sorrow, the passing away of our beloved daughter, wife,mother, sister, niece,and aunty,Wally Vando. Please join us to celebrate the life of a Precious Lady with a heart of gold.


PROGRAM: A CELEBRATION OF THE LIFE OF "WALLY VANDO"    ===================================================

FRIDAY  JUNE 17TH 2016: Wake keeping from 7pm to 1am (mass included) @ 750 OTTS CHAPEL RD. NEWARK DE 19713
LESANS Dress Code:  Black and red scarf.

SATURDAY JUNE 18TH 2016: program @ funeral home (Mealley funeral home  @  2509 Limestone RD WILMINGTON. DE.19808). LESANS Dress Code: Blue Mama Maria uniform or the Ruby uniform. All other LESANS can wear their affiliated association uniforms.

11am - 11:40am: Catholic Mass & Songs from LESA

11:50am - 12:00pm  Documentary: 10 minutes

12:00 - 12:15:  Words of Remembrance & Sympathy

12:15pm - 12:45pm  Viewing and Paying of Respects: 30mins

12:45pm - 1:15pm  Celestial Service (30mins)

Procession to the Cemetery follows after the Celestial Service


Interment (Burial) at Old Drawyers Cemetry (Route 13 North of Odessa, DE).

                       RECEPTION / REPAST

                   Reception to Follow after Burial at 4:00pm @

                          LIFE COMMUNITY CHURCH HALL

                   750 OTTS CHAPEL RD. NEWARK DE 19713



The following Hotels have 10 rooms blocked each. Guests can start calling to reserve rooms.

Homestead Suites Hilton
Newark, DE
phone: 302-453-9700

Holiday Inn Express
Elkton, MD (5-10min
from Church)
phone: 443-350-9475
$129/night + tax

Marriott Courtyard
phone: 302 737-0900



Memorial Tributes
This tribute was added by Elian Mambo on 20th October 2016

"Sister Wally I know you are in a better place now resting with all the angels and saints, you were one of a kind person that I had to know, I knew you through your brother but you took me under your wing, you carried my problems on your head like yours, you took me like a lil sister and am really happy to know you. We loved you but loves you most and he wanted you to be by his side,  dieu tata Wally et paid a ton arme, till we me again."

This tribute was added by Nagella Nukuna on 29th June 2016

"Remembering you always. Not a day goes by without a prayer for you. You loved to death but the Lord loved you more. Rest in peace, my sweet big sister. Your legacy leaves forever. love loads. Nagella."

This tribute was added by clarice O. on 21st June 2016

"Goodbye Wally, and thank you. We will meet again. May you dwell in the company of angels and saints forever. May our Lord Jesus Christ receive your soul into His Kingdom. Wally rest in peace in the name of God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit. Amen"

This tribute was added by Chris Mba on 19th June 2016

"Wally, you are truly going to be missed. May the Good Lord send his angels to welcome you into the gates of his Holy Kingdom! RIP!!!"

This tribute was added by Rebecca Bamfo on 18th June 2016

"Wally, Wally.Wally!  I guess I was in denial about your passing and thought if I refused to acknowledge the news, it would just remain a figment of my imagination.  Alas at your wake yesterday, Fri June 17th, I was faced with the stark  reality that our loving, caring and awesome sister and friend had really departed this earth to be with her heavenly Father.

Having had the pleasure of meeting Wally for the first time about 10 years ago at Millcroft,  I was immediately struck by her sense of style and strong personality.

In October 2015, I  had the opportunity to know Wally at a close and personal level as she precepted me to substitute for her while she was on medical leave. She showed me pictures of her family,  her accomplishments and confided in me about her dreams for the near future. The impression I gathered about Wally was a very compassionate and passionate individual. With Wally it was ALL OR NOTHING. Everything was planned and executed to perfection.  Her staff and residents were an extended family. I told her that her shoes were too big to be filled and she gave me one of her signature broad smiles and said " You will do just fine ". I was unable to fill in for her as planned but I left her office with a renewed respect for her. Not only did she have the looks and sense of style, but she was also funny, dilligent, dependable, intelligent, wise, compassionate, pragmatic, God fearing,  and humble.  She tried to convince me to attend her church with her, to which I planned to do so in the near future.

Today Wally might be gone in flesh but her memories will forever linger on. I know she will be vying for a managerial position in heaven because Wally is a leader. Thanks for being an inspiration to all of us.   We are saddened by her loss but God loved her more. Wally rest in eternal peace, till we meet again."

This tribute was added by Dennis Asubonteng on 17th June 2016

"Wally was an embodiment of a perfect ideal woman. She was fantabulously beautiful in body, mind, and spirit. Her intelligence, diligence, and honesty impressed me very much. I knew Wally to be reliable, discipline, independent and mature, as well as a positive person. She was also kind, caring, courteous, respectful, and very pleasant with a great sense of humor. As a nurse, Wally’s ability to connect with her patients, families, peers, friends, and her passion for providing excellent care and fairness to all, were very impressive. Wally was a true role model among her peers and will truly be missed. Thanks for your friendship, Wally. May your soul be preserved in the blossom of God until we meet again in paradise. Adios my friend!"

This tribute was added by Geraldine Oyebog Ndip on 17th June 2016

"My dearest Wally,
I have been holding off really expressing how I feel. I need to do this now as I am here. I need closure my dear. I am hanging on to your last laughs on phone.
You are such an angel and I know you are fine now, free of pain and in a much better place where we will meet again some day.
I can not question God why he took you so soon. After watching the video you asked me to watch, and with all I know about you, I believe you have served your purpose on earth.
I will miss your physical presence on earth, but I will continue to pray that your soul rests in peace.
Have no fears about your family for God will always fulfill his promise to his children. As your time is up, I believe he has made provision for your children, husband, mother, siblings, your close friends and all the loved ones you left behind.

Wally, I love you girl, and always have the fondest memories of you. Rest in Peace my dearest- until we meet.

This tribute was added by Mary Gli on 17th June 2016

"Miss Wally,  hmmmm!  I still don't believe you are gone!  You were an amazing person, an angel sent from above. You will forever remain in my heart. Rest in perfect peace  angel wally"

This tribute was added by Rawlda Alexis on 16th June 2016

"What an amazing person and what a remarkable life.  I feel so lucky and privileged that I got to know Wally. A good and generous person who is willing to share good advises and give words of comfort for those who needed it at the right time.  I know I will miss your fun and loving spirit so much.  The magic of Wally’s touch and sunshine in her smile make it worthwhile, her laughter is a source of joy, her works are warm and wise, her kindness and compassion to be found in those she inspires.  Wally, the angels are happy to have your shining star in heaven and I will sure miss you.  Love Alexis"

This tribute was added by Mildred Kangkolo on 16th June 2016

"Sis Wally you had a warm and kind heart from the very first day i met you. You were more than a big sister to me. You went extra miles to make me comfortable so i could stay focus in school. All the times we spent together with the kids, and your siblings; the laughter we shared. If only i knew that i would not have time again with you, not even time to say goodbye...My heart aches in sadness to learnt of such an untimely death. Words can not express how i feel. Thanks for being so much more than a big sister; thanks for being there for me. You will always be in my heart. With all my love, Rest in peace!"

This tribute was added by Trufosa Mekenye on 16th June 2016

"Wally, you were not just a boss to me but a mother i never had. Your memories will forever be in my heart. I loved you but God loved you more may your soul rest in Perfect peace. Till we meet again."

This tribute was added by Ekude Pendar on 16th June 2016

"Dear Wally,

I was in shock when i received news of your passing. You are a very beautiful person inside and out. You always had a kind thing to say when anyone needed a shoulder to lean on or advice. You were extremely caring to all those you met and touched in life. we love you but God loved you most. RIP love"

This tribute was added by Laura Kilo on 16th June 2016

"My dearest friend, every morning when i wake up, it is hard to believe that you are gone forever. My heart is breaking into a million pieces and i ask God everyday why you had to leave us so soon. You have left a huge void in my heart that can never be filled. I am so grateful that in your final moments, i had a chance to tell you how much i love you and to say goodbye before you took your last breath. Thank you for that beautiful gift.
The first time i met you, i knew we will be friends forever. We went through so much together and we shared many laughs, many tears and our innermost thoughts. I knew your heart and you knew mine. what will i do without you now? i know i will never have another friend like you again.  You were kind and gentle and very caring. You were a loving wife and great mother to your children. they all loved you so much. i can't imagine how they will cope without you.

Thank you my beautiful Rose for your friendship.
I will miss you forever until we meet again."

This tribute was added by Susan Fletcher on 15th June 2016

"Walley you are truely are going to missed. You had the biggest heart, always helping everyone you met. Great spirit, just all around great person . Farewell my dearest Walley. Rest in peace until we met again!!!!!"

This tribute was added by claudia Achoja on 15th June 2016

"My dear friend, to say I am sad is a gross understatement, I am heart broken, I'm not ready to let you go, but I guess the good lord wants you now. It is hard to believe that you are gone so soon forever. You were so full of energy and life. You were like a sister to me, I will miss you greatly. Above all, rest in perfect peace in the lord until we meet again. Good bye."

This tribute was added by Sandy Zimmerman on 15th June 2016

"Dear Wally: THANK YOU for always being an inspiration to me with your smile and outgoing personality. You always greeted me with HEY GIRL which I LOVED, our little talks and just you being you. :)  and especially I had to comment every day about your fashionable outfits, in which I will always remember. Thank you for touching the lives of many of us. God truly gained an angel and may you rest in peace.
With love,  Sandy xoxoxox"

This tribute was added by Lucretia Jones on 14th June 2016

"Wally I guess I was God sent to be the one to care for you. My insides wepting trying to whole back the tears,keeping your word listening to what you where telling me.You're a beautiful  person you will always be my angel I miss your smile. The greatest wife,mother,friend and encourager. I just want to thank you like you said to me when we last spoke together."

This tribute was added by Love DaLinda on 14th June 2016

"Wally my sister in Christ, my friend,
You left this earth in your own way, quietly and privately.
Like many I wished I could have been there for you because you were always there for me when I need a friend through the good and bad- you were there. You were an unconditional friend!
I will miss our talks but will cherish your spoken words. I will miss you sending me pictures of you and your family vacationing each year on the beach, or at a celebration.
I will missed how your face would light up talking about your children or how tickled you would get telling of something they did that you thought was cute or amazing!  They were your heart.
I like many who knew you, I feel blessed to have known you and thank God for gracing me with your friendship!
Only once in a lifetime do you ever meet someone with a genuine selfless heart-you were that person for me.
You were beautiful on the outside but your beauty was far deeper on the inside.
Always giving to others and asking nothing in return. Always inspiring someone's life. You got such joy in lifting others up.
God allowed your angelic presence to touch my life and I'm so thankful.
Gone to soon from this earth but I pray you continue to be a guiding light to your children and to those who loved you.
The Bible describes you well- You were the Virtuous Woman.(Proverbs 31:10-31) A phenomenal woman!
I know when you got to the gates you stood out and God shouted "welcome home my angel!"
"Well done my faithful servant". (Matthew 25:23)
Thank you for being a light in my life. You will be missed but your memory will always be embedded in my heart and others.
Love you my sister/friend."

This tribute was added by Myra King on 14th June 2016

"Wally is one of a kind. Her spirit and love was for everyone! My  family and I loved Wally. She was always willing to help anyone. If you knew Wally you knew her family, her strong faith and that she prayed daily. Wally is in heaven. still smart and BEAUTIFULL. You .will never be forgotten! Love always,    Myra"

This tribute was added by Jessicah Michira on 14th June 2016

"Isaiah 57:1-2  The righteous perish, and no one takes it to heart; the devout are taken away, and no one understands that the righteous are taken away to be spared from evil.
Thank You big sis for allowing your spirit find me at work to come and pay my last respects as you transitioned to meet The one who loved you more than us.
As I watched you take those heavy breaths and finally calming down, I knew when I left the room, I will not see you anymore but I still said I will see you in the morning. I did not want to leave, but I knew your wishes.
Rest in Peace sis, you will live in us and we sure will make you so proud.
Daniella and Gabriella are a reflection of you and watch as they amaze you. As for Nathan, his dream of making a house with an elevator is going to come true for you and Charles.
I am so glad to hear that you are not in so much pain sis.
rest peacefully in the arms of Jesus."

This tribute was added by Kandi Eliza-ngum on 14th June 2016

"Big sister may your soul rest in perfect peace.

Elizabeth Fortibui ."

This tribute was added by Metuge Alobwede on 14th June 2016

"Wally, it was a big surprise that you left us forever.  I hope you are in a better place. Although we haven't seen each other for  so many years, the last thing one could expect was death. Whatever happened, it was God, s decision and I do respect that. May your kind soul rest in perfect peace. Pa Metuge and family."

This tribute was added by Hilda Akkum-Hayden on 13th June 2016

"Earth has one soul less,
And Heaven, one angle more.
wally - you fell asleep without goodbye.
Time may pass away, but memories of you will always stay.
In God's care you rest above, In our hearts you rest with love.
Words are few, thoughts are deep.
I remember when we were kids in primary school/ Small Mankon and Church Center, respectively.
We parted for a while, as we took different paths.
But re-United, again, when you moved up station with your first husband.
Then you left us again, on transfer to Y'de.
I later learned that you travel to the U.S.
When i came here, i was hoping that we'll meet again someday, but we never had the chance. And now you're gone.
God Bless and keep you in His care, until we meet again."

This tribute was added by Agnes Stewart on 13th June 2016

"Wally I will always love you as a sister. You were and will always be a part of me. My heart is so heavy and my mind is in shock. I know that Father God does not make mistakes and we are all on loan from him. Many thoughts are going on in my head. I thinking about your husband and children whom I know you loved very much. As they love you and I am sure are devastated too.Why didn't I know how seriously ill you were Wally. I am sooo heart broken and sad with your passing. I know God calls home the very BEST when they are young. He has better plans and was in need of your precious soul...I will always love you and will be here for your family if the needs arises. Take care my beautiful sister until we meet again. I will always love from the bottom of my heart.❤️"

This tribute was added by Fidelia Tidze on 12th June 2016

"Wally my dear sister, I was blessed growing up with you and it was a blessing re-uniting with you again in the United States. All these years combined, you gave me the privilege to enjoy the kindness of your heart.I didn't miss any opportunity also to show you I care. This exemplary memory will stay with me forever. I'm proud of the legacy you've left behind. I will miss you. May the good Lord welcome you in his arms.
Rest in peace Mamie.
Fidelia Tidze."

This tribute was added by Sharon Romero-Smith on 12th June 2016

"Wehhh!...my darling Wally,..my heart aches so much just thinking I can no longer hear your sweet, comforting and loving voice...ohhh!.why so soon dear?...why did you leave us like this... I would've loved to be beside you, care for you and love you...why didn't you give your friends a chance to do all the beautiful things you do for everyone else...wehhhhhh!... I will forever miss you my one of kind sister and friend"

This tribute was added by caro nkembe on 12th June 2016

"Big sis "Mami" just missing u so much. I'm comfortable because u're in a better place. your gentle and peaceful nature, the most generous being I've ever met here on earth. Precious memories of u will for ever remain in my heart  miss u so much "MAMI"."

This tribute was added by sylvia kilo on 11th June 2016

"Sister Wally,  You were a true sister and friend to all who found a place in your heart.  A role model,  fashion icon,  a leader with a heart of gold who made a difference in the lives of others you nursed. With a heavy heart I say farewell to you, but consoled you are honored to be with your creator. I will hold on to the fun memories, your smile, compassion  and generousity which  are the legacy I will  cherish forever.  A candle in the wind. RIP dear  Ijeoma till we meet to part no more....."

This tribute was added by Decarla Richardson-Pearsall on 11th June 2016

"Rest in Paradise my friend. Until we meet again."

This tribute was added by sylvia kilo on 11th June 2016

"Dear sister Wally, you were a true big sister and friend to all who crossed your path. A role model, fashion icon, an epitome of  kindness and compassion who made a difference in the lives of others .My heart bleeds and I am in pain because of your untimely demise but i am comforted to know you have rested with your creator, and in a better place where there is no pain, agony or betrayal. May your children be comforted. RIP big sister till we meet again!! Good bye ......"

This tribute was added by judith bongadu-walker on 11th June 2016

"My dear friend/sister,
I never expected to be saying goodbye to you at this time but God's ways are not our way.From elementary school since we met in small mankon you have been an example of true friendship.you were the most caring individual I know with a heart of gold.Your kindness was unbelievable.You always had words of wisdom and I always felt extremely comfortable with you and could tell you anything.We always had lengthy conversations about anything and everything.I will miss all the good times we had.I will miss all the laughter,the joy and the fabulous human being you were.Zi don't think you can be replaced Wally but I thank God for the times I had with you.I could go on and on but I will cherish all the good memories.
Sleep well sister till we meet again"

This tribute was added by Demettra Maxwell on 11th June 2016

"Dear Wally, thank you for always being an inspiration to be my best and to wear the most fashionable hair! You always greeted me with a smile and warm words of wisdom, in which I will always remember. Thank you for touching the lives of many of us. God truly gained an angel and may you rest in peace.
With love,
Demettra Maxwell"

This tribute was added by Gladys Ambe on 11th June 2016

"May the souls of the faithful departed through the mercy of God Rest in Peace, Amen. Wally this is not what we planned, God decided for you to be with Him so soon than be closer to us. We called you "mama eehh" because you were always there for us, u loved us like your children, U were there for me when I needed a sister to talk to. God love you most. I will forever miss u my sweet sis. You went to be with the Lord on the eve  of my Birthday for a reason. Love you and Go in Peace."

This tribute was added by christie Aganifor on 11th June 2016

"Wally my dear, I may not know you that much but as a Lesan you are my sister. Listening to your darling younger sister Relindis Vando Fofung talking about you in tears, gave me an inside look at the pretty person you were. it was heartbreaking watching her say all these beautiful things about you and at that moment I felt as if I have known you for ever. Your ways as I understood was gold. You are beautiful inside and out. Oh what's life...hmmmm. My darling sister may your perfect soul rest in peace. As much as friends and family are missing you, God needs you most because you would've still been here with your lovely family and friends if God didn't say your work on earth is completed. Farewell beautiful lady till we meet. RIP
Ma Christie Galabe Aganifor"

This tribute was added by Stella Che on 11th June 2016

"RIPP Sis.Wally,You were a kind,very cheerful and very funny Big Sister.I just loved and admired your demeanor.What I can offer is just to continue to pray for you,your mom,sisters and brothers and most importantly for your Dear husband and the young kids you have left behind.Sleep well Sis!"

This tribute was added by clarice O. on 11th June 2016

"Friend For A Lifetime - A Tribute To Wally

Ours was a friendship that lasted a lifetime. And you were faithful to the end. I would have loved to say goodbye, to care for you and hold your hand and pray with you for your journey home. But as unselfish as you are, you chose to brave it all alone, to spare your friend the agony of separation from a friendship that was rich with history, trials and joys.  You were timid and shy, so everyone thought, but to me you were fearless and adventurous. A radiant beauty that shone of kindness and caring, never boastful, nor spiteful. Thank you for the friend you were; a lifelong friend that only death could separate. From primary school to adulthood I bore witness to your life. What a phenomenal woman you turned out to be; an award winning professional, a good wife, a doting mother and a fashionista, you were admired by all who knew you. I will miss you.  Rest in peace Wally, with all my love.

Sylvia Clarice Kilo Odupitan"

This tribute was added by Kathleen Powers on 11th June 2016

"Wally...loving memories & the fact that we will meet again someday are what will get us through...your presence, especially at Millcroft, will always be missed! God Bless your family and may God Hold You in The Palm of His Hand Until We All Meet Again....Believe..."

This tribute was added by Evyline Chioma on 11th June 2016

"Wally, it is hard to comprehend your untimely death but God knows the best. I will miss you my dear friend. You were a very caring and compassionate soul. I will hold on to the memories I have with you. May our God Alimighty grant your soul eternal rest. Good bye sunshine."

This tribute was added by Sheena Carr on 10th June 2016

"A great woman who embodied grace and class.  Her fashion sense was impeccable !!!    She was the most giving person I've met and had the honor and privilege of working for her.  Wally's smile brightened up the world !!!  She always had words of wisdom that I will cherish for life !  She will be greatly missed !"

This tribute was added by Lucresia Randolph on 10th June 2016

"No amount of tears can express my heart felt sorrow in losing such a dear, loving, caring friend like you. I will miss your smile,  laugh but most of all going shopping with you and the kids. I know you are now resting in GOD's bossom for HE loved you so to call you to heaven to be in HIS presence. I will forever cherish the moments we shared together at work and away from work. Rest in peace my sister and friend,  Wally."

This tribute was added by kate shey on 10th June 2016

"Wally,you were a kind and gentle lady.You always made the effort to put a smile on someone's face.You will be so missed here on earth but Heaven will gain another Angel.We loved you but your Creator loved you more.Rest well sis until we meet to part no more.

This tribute was added by LAWRENCE KILO on 10th June 2016

"Farewell my dearest Wally. Rest in peace until we meet again!!!!"

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