Thanksgiving Grandma Celebrates First Holiday After Husband Died From COVID
Wanda Dench and Jamal Hinton honored her late husband, Lonnie, at a dinner on Friday, forgoing their usual Thanksgiving get-together for the first time in four years.
The pair became a viral sensation in 2016 when Wanda accidentally texted Jamal, believing she was inviting her grandson over for the annual Thanksgiving family feast. After discovering their lines were crossed, Jamal asked if he could “still get a plate” at her house, with Wanda responding, “Of course you can. That’s what grandmas do — feed everyone.”
Having met up for the holiday every year since, Wanda and Jamal decided to have a small gathering this year to follow coronavirus guidelines, according to Â The New York TImes. They still wanted to include Lonnie, who died in April from Covid-19. So while sharing a casual meal, they placed a burning candle on the table alongside a photograph of Lonnie, per pictures shared by CBS reporter Briana Whitney.
âItâs going to be different, my first Thanksgiving without him,â Wanda told The Times. “My husband was always right behind me, telling me how proud he was of Jamal and me for what we’ve done.”