Team Plano ended 2018 with a sad farewell to a beloved member of the family, Wendy Kay Terrell. She passed away on December 20 after a long and valiant battle with cancer. This dear person was a genuine ball of energy and warmth to the Human Resources department where she worked as administrative coordinator to Director Shanté Akafia.
Wendy’s long tenure with the City of Plano began in 1986 when she was hired to work with then City Manager James McCarley. Back then she played a key role in coordinating and supporting our legislative projects. After 10 years, she took a break to become a stay-home Mom raising three daughters (Kayla, Tabitha and Allyssa) with husband Stephen. In true Wendy-fashion, she continued to work part-time as a legislative contractor.
With children all grown, Wendy came back to her work-family in 2011 – first part-time at Haggard Library and later full-time with Human Resources. According to Shanté, administrative coordinator is a very fancy title for “she who keeps her boss in line” and believe me Wendy excelled at her job. She was My Wendy.”
Co-workers and friends celebrate Wendy’s life as much for her keen mind, knowledge of ancient shorthand and brilliant editing skills, as well as her caring nature and humor. Shanté adds, “I absolutely loved when she would pull out her handy dandy red pencil, make her edits and send the document back in a sea of red!” The department lovingly called her their editor-in-chief.
Through her fight with this disease, she managed to plan weddings for her two eldest girls while still coming to work half days almost until the end. Members of Team Plano are adopting a tree in Wendy’s honor at Russell Creek Park marked by a bronze plaque. Plus the HR breakroom is being named for her to encourage all who enter to behave as Wendy did, lovingly.
Wendy is survived by her husband of 30 years, their daughters, two sons-in-law, her father Paul Kramme, brothers Keith and Jon and a host of other family members and dear friends.