Moneca Wardel

Moneca Wardel

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Moneca Wardel, “Granny” also known as Irene Thomas-Mobley, was born on June 2,1930 and passed away peacefully at her home in Idaho Falls, Idaho on January 5, 2021. Moneca was born to Claire & Etta Thomas in Cortez, Colorado and is the youngest of her two siblings, Marcheta and Barabara who have passed away.
Moneca graduated from high school in Colton, California, after high school she married William R Mobley (who passed away) they raised their children in southern California and eventually settling in Santa Maria, California.
Moneca then moved to San Jose, California with her husband John Zlendick (who passed away). John loved Moneca with all of his heart and idolized her and her family.
Moneca moved to Grants Pass, Oregon where she met and married George Lund (who passed away) and gained a daughter Jeanne, who she loved like her own. She was a proud owner of a small diner in Grants Pass called “Buffalo Bill's Diner”.
Moneca is survived by her five children, Suzanne(husband-Gary) Mobley-Chrisco of Oro Valley, Arizona and her two children Michael & Mechelle; Pamela Mobley of Idaho Falls, Idaho and her three children Todd, Darian & Kimberly; William (who we all know as Bill) Mobley of Santa Maria ,California and his 4 children Rick, Scott, Katee & Willy; Renee (husband David) Mobley-Morgan of Idaho Falls, Idaho and her 4-legged children; Casey(wife Trenna) Wardel of San Jose, California and his four children Leah, Alex, Stephanie & Jennifer, and George’s daughter Jeanne (husband Pete) Lund- Lacombe of Rancho Palos Verde, California & her two children Tyler & Amanda. Granny had 20 plus great-grandchildren and many great-great grandchildren. She is survived by nieces Marie, Sharon, Sandy, Donna, Charlene & Laura.
"Granny" was adventurous in life and loved working in her garage to create birdhouses! Moneca was a wonderful seamstress and loved junk store shopping and collecting antiques. She was known for her creativity and ability to think outside of the box.
Moneca loved buying and selling homes, she was proud of the 14 homes she had purchased and sold over her colorful lifetime. Monica loved to make people laugh and enjoyed dressing up as a homeless bag lady and surprise people at parties.
Moneca earned her wings and is rejoicing with loved ones who passed before her. We will miss you dearly and one day our paths will cross again. We love you, forever in our hearts; your spirit soars above us, you are now a guardian angel watching over us.
Our family looks forward to a celebration of life for everyone who knew and loved Moneca, in early summer of 2021.
In lieu of flowers, a donation may be made to a charity of your choice or the humane society.
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Charlene Tate

Posted at 07:57pm
Aunt Moneca was an interesting bag lady. She talked mom into dressing up on the airplane before they landed in Boston. I never saw them come off the plane. I almost missed them at baggage claim. Then a tap on my shoulder, and there they were. Complete with blackened teeth, crazy hats and cackling laughter. Totally took me by surprise. We laughed all the way home.She will be missed. Her talent in the garage making odd things out of whatever. Her joy with her fish pond. Her love of travel with mom. Now she can share her talents with her family behind the golden gates.
Love to my cousins and my condolences to the family.
Love, Charlene

Sharon Johnson

Posted at 10:56am
Aunt Monica walked her walk in her own colorful way, always full of surprises. She had a talented, creative life. We are fortunate to have so many fun memories of her. Hugs and comfort to all the cousins, Sharon

Sandy coats

Posted at 08:09pm
Dear Auntie, my Gemini partner in pranks, we miss your laughter and that twinkle in your eyes. I have birdhouses, that vintage western sweater you got in a thrift store for me, and memories abound. Some may say you marched to the beat of a different drum, I say you beat the drum, had your say, and carried on. You had a knack for landscaping, renovation, and of course all those birdhouses! Fly high, hugs to Mom, love and miss you.


Posted at 07:05pm
Aunt Moneca, Irene, you are missed, but I shall always have memories in my heart. We have had lots of fun, jokes, cries, and talks, You were there and a big shoulder to cry on when we lost Mom, your big protector! Your pranks thru the years, bag lady, wedding intruder and what ever kept your family laughing. We will miss our visits, love you much Marie and Bob

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