Nov. 22, 1948 — May 14, 2012
Well known for having a radiant smile for anyone and everyone, Wendy Marie Kidder, 63, died Mon-day, May 14, in Salem Hospital.
Wendy was a dearly beloved mother, friend and business owner. Her presence is strongly missed.
A native to the Benton County area, Wendy was born on Nov. 22, 1948, at Good Samaritan Hospital in Corvallis and raised in Philomath by her parents, Everett W.M. Kidder and Thora Gladys Haugen. She graduated from Philomath High School in 1967 and went on to Oregon State University, where she joined the Delta Gamma Sorority. She later finished her Bachelor of Science degree in psychology from the University of Oregon.
Wendy met her future husband, David Scott Arnold, while attending college. Their marriage ended after 28 years, and they had three children.
Wendy’s father, Everett, owned a livestock feed and tack store in Philomath. This entrepreneurial spirit must have been passed along in the gene pool, for Wendy began her own housecleaning business in 1992. Upon its inception, the business was called WorkEnders, but, in 2004, Wendy had changed the name to Clean Endings, LLC.
She was an active member of the women’s networking group called PEERS and contributor to the nonprofit cancer-support organization Cleaning for a Reason.
Wendy loved turtles, lighthouses, and going to the coast. She became an avid Sudoku player in recent years, as well as a cinema enthusiast. Her main passion in life was to continue her self-education, espe-cially if it was nutritional, motivational or business-related.
In September 2011, Wendy was diagnosed with breast cancer. She tackled the diagnosis with grace and can-do attitude. With her quest for knowledge, she completely changed her diet and nutritional needs to combat the cancer. The cancer was in remission when, tragically, an infection took her life.
Wendy Kidder is survived by son Nathan Emerson Arnold of Corvallis; daughters Marie Elizabeth Ar-nold and Emily Michelle Arnold, both of Corvallis; and sisters Deanna Reiserer of San Diego, Calif., and Carolette Hjelm of Maui, Hawaii.
A memorial service will take place at 2 p.m. on Friday, June 1, at First Presbyterian Church in Corval-lis, with the Rev. Bruce Cameron to officiate.
Memorial contributions in Wendy Kidder’s name can be made to Cleaning for a Reason.
Funeral services have been provided by Major Family Funeral Home of Springfield.