Wanda Lynette Washington, affectionately known as “Woo Woo”, passed away peacefully surrounded by family on Saturday, May 14, 2022 at the age of 65. Wanda was born December 24, 1956 in Washington, DC to Herman “Pete” Johnson and Gertrude W. Johnson. Wanda grew up in Southwest, as the second child of three beautiful girls. She attended DC Public schools, graduating from F.W. Ballou High School in 1975. She continued her education, completing courses at Howard University and Georgetown University with a keen interest in contributing to the medical community. Wanda’s calling to help others led her to the Veterans Administration where she led the Blind Rehabilitation Program for over 30 years before retiring in 2011.
On July 10, 1982, Wanda married her devoted husband, Samuel Lewis Washington III. This joyful union brought together their beloved sons, Shawn Washington and Dion Johnson, and made a trio of boys when they added their youngest son, Derrick Washington, to complete their family. Through steadfastness, prayer and dedication to each other, Wanda and Samuel were married for 39 years. Wanda loved music, dancing and singing in her kitchen. You would often find Wanda enjoying all three at once with her two sisters Gayle and Lisa. “DJ Woo Woo” could always be relied on to pull out her playlist which included hits for all ages!
She had a great love for jewelry, designer clothes, bags, shoes and anything Michael Kors. You could always count on Wanda to show up and show out with her off the shoulder tops, bright lipstick and polish to match. No one walked away without a signature lipstick kiss on the cheek. In Loving Memory PROOF OF APGI Wanda loved spending time decorating her immaculate home and knitting works of art as gifts for her family and friends. During her spare time, she enjoyed playing her favorite game of Candy Crush, and watching and chatting about her reality TV shows.
She also enjoyed a competitive game of football and most importantly, cheering on her sons as they played. Wanda developed quite a reputation for running on the field to challenge the referee or coach when she felt a call was unfair. Undoubtedly, Wanda was devoted to her husband, and her boys meant the world to her. She truly cherished all the moments spent with them. Wanda is survived by her husband Samuel Washington, III, sons Shawn Washington and Derrick Washington, grandson Shawn Washington Jr., mother Gertrude Johnson, sisters Gayle Johnson and Alesia Johnson; Mother-in-law Lucille Washington, sister in-law Virginia Harris and brother-in-law Kenneth Washington; Nieces Quiana Johnson-Fleming, Briana Johnson and Alicia Henderson, and nephew Aaron Johnson, Sr. as well as a number of dear great nieces and nephews, aunts, uncles, cousins and an abundance of friends. She is preceded in death by her son, Dion Johnson, and father Herman Johnson, Jr.