Thanksgiving Grandma Celebrates First Holiday After Her Husband's Death Due to COVID-19 - E! Online

Wanda Dench, the grandma who accidentally invited a stranger to her 2016 Thanksgiving, will celebrate her first holiday without her husband and shared how she's celebrating this year.

11/22/2020 3:38:00 AM

In 2016 Wanda Dench accidentally invited Jamal Hinton to her Thanksgiving dinner, forming a beautiful friendship. Ahead of Wanda's first Thanksgiving since her husband passed, Jamal was right by her side with an early celebration. ❤️

Wanda Dench, the grandma who accidentally invited a stranger to her 2016 Thanksgiving, will celebrate her first holiday without her husband and shared how she's celebrating this year.

Arizona'sBriana Whitneyshortly after Lonnie's death. "He did so many acts of kindness that no one ever heard about. He was my hero. And I'm a better person because of him."Jamal Hinton, the then teen who Wanda accidentally invited to Thanksgiving dinner when she texted the wrong number—and then extended the invite to the holiday anyway—shared the sad news on

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Twitterin April, writing, "As some of you may have already found out tonight Lonnie did not make it... he passed away Sunday morning but Wanda told me all the love and support he was receiving put a huge smile on his face so I thank every single one of you guys for that!"

That same month, Jamal alsoof him at lunch with Wanda, Lonnie, and his girlfriendMikaela Grubbs, writing "We miss you Lonnie." Read more: E! News »

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RIP Lonnie❤️ One of my favorite stories! ❤😊 Aww that was so nice,it was good Love being reminded of this story every year. So sorry to hear of her husband’s death, but so happy the dinner will go in. Jamalhinton12 One of my favorite things to see every Thanksgiving since it started in 2016. These two have taught us all a lot. together thankful GoodNews