Arkansas State head football coach Blake Anderson's wife Wendy passed away peacefully shortly before midnight after battling cancer, according to a message on Twitter from Blake.
"My beautiful girl has gone home to be with Jesus ... no more pain, no more suffering and praise Him no more cancer. She passed as peacefully & gracefully as you could ever hope just a few minutes before midnight with me laying right beside her. I have been so blessed to have her by my side each day for the past 27 years. Thank you so much to all who have walked, prayed, cried, and loved her through this brutal 2-year battle ... Praise Him that she hurts no more, and is in His presence now & forever." said Blake Anderson in his message on Twitter.
Wendy was originally diagnosed with cancer in the spring of 2017, but was able to defeat it. The cancer returned in the fall of 2018, and quickly spread throughout her entire body.
Arkansas State University offered their condolences in a press release Tuesday morning.
The Arkansas State Athletics Department family was saddened to learn of the passing late Monday night, Aug. 19, of Wendy Anderson, wife of sixth-year head football coach Blake Anderson, and sends their deepest condolences to the Anderson family during this difficult time.
Wendy’s courageous battle with cancer will continue to serve as an inspiration to many across the nation, and the outpouring of support far and wide for the Andersons and the A-State family has been overwhelming.
Members of the Red Wolves’ athletics department and football program mourn the passing of Wendy, a treasured member of the Jonesboro community and wonderful ambassador for A-State and college football, with the Anderson family.
Tributes began pouring in on social media from around the country Tuesday morning as word of her passing spread.
“She impacted so many lives including mine may she rest in peace with God. We love you coach! This season is for her.” said Arkansas State quarterback Logan Bonner
“I know she’s in a better place now God got her. This season Dedicate to Mrs. Wendy,” said Arkansas State defensive lineman Kevin Thurmon.
“Momma Wendy suffers no more and is finally home and at peace. She will forever and always be in our hearts,” said Arkansas State running back D.J. Chatman
“Every chance I had to be by her side I was there. This one hurt me because she showed me what a true fighter looks like. She was like my mama away from home. You’ll forever be with me.” said Arkansas State wide receiver Omar Bayless.
Arkansas Razorbacks head coach Chad Morris offered his condolences as well.
“Paula and I cannot express our condolences enough to Coach Anderson and his entire family. To say our thoughts are with you is an understatement. Thank you for being an example of light in a moment of darkness.” said Morris.
A memorial service honoring the life of Wendy Anderson will be held this Friday, Aug. 23, at 11:00 a.m. at Central Baptist Church on Harrisburg Road in Jonesboro. Blake Anderson has taken a leave of absence away from his tear during this time. It is unknown when he will return. Arkansas State defensive coordinator David Duggan has been named interim head coach for the Red Wolves.
In lieu of flowers, the Anderson family is requesting that donations be made to the St. Jude Children’s Cancer Center in Wendy’s name.