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Wanda Layne Orman

February 26, 1945 — September 13, 2023

Kiawah Island

Wanda Layne Orman passed away at her home on Kiawah Island. She was born February 26, 1945, to J. Randolph Gooding and Erma Dease Smiley Gooding. Upon graduation from Jenkins High School, she began a career with Delta Airlines. In 1965 she announced to her parents she was going to marry a boy named Dick Orman, an Air Force Lieutenant. Wanda proved to be the perfect military wife with Dick flying overseas. She became an accomplished homemaker, her second career, and to ensure marital bliss she became an avid golfer.

After their retirement of 24 years of service, they made their home on Kiawah Island where she continued her passion for the game of golf which led her to her next career as Director of the Governor's Club on Kiawah Island. In her retirement, she dedicated her incredible skill set as a full-time volunteer at Mepkin Abbey. For 20+ years she generously gave her leadership, organization, dedication, commitment, and love to the Brothers and the Abbey.

Her love of animals extended throughout her life, including many beloved dogs. It included wildlife rescues of abandoned roadside dogs and even distressed alligators which she returned to their home ponds. Her favorite exotic friend was an eight-point buck, which they lovingly named Einstein, a welcomed evening visitor for 18 years. Other talents included crocheting, knitting, gardening, and Southern cooking. She comforted her friends and family with her many creations.

She was loved by a treasure of friends and extensive family including multiple generations of nieces and nephews.


In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to Mepkin Abbey., or mailed to Mepkin Abbey, 1098 Mepkin Abbey Road, Moncks Corner, SC 29461.

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