LAS VEGAS - Wanda Ann (Hallett) Grasso passed away at the Nathan Adelson Hospice in Las Vegas on Jan. 11, 2006, surrounded by her loving family. \r\r\n\r\r\nHer death came after a yearlong battle with ovarian cancer. \r\r\n\r\r\nWanda came into the world on March 22, 1953, at Langley Air Force Base in Hampton, Va., the first of two children born to Stanley C. and Catherine N. Hallett. \r\r\n\r\r\nWanda lived in Saco during her childhood and teenage years, and graduated from Thornton Academy in 1971. Wanda was a drum majorette, queen of her senior prom and active in numerous school activities. Wanda graduated from Plus Gray School of Business and worked in the financial industry in Portland for many years. \r\r\n\r\r\nOn Feb. 14, 1986, Wanda married Jim Grasso, a Portland real estate attorney. In 2000, Jim and Wanda moved to Las Vegas. During their 20 years of marriage, Wanda was a homemaker and excelled in cooking, decorating, needlework and gardening. \r\r\n\r\r\nJim and Wanda renovated an 1890 Queen Anne Victorian home at the corner of Ashmont and Beacon streets in Portland, a well-known landmark for Portland gardeners. Their garden was featured in the Spring 1998 Better Homes and Gardens' flower gardening issue and in the Tour of the Gardens of Deering in June 1998. \r\r\n\r\r\nWanda was predeceased by her paternal grandparents, Carlton and Enola Hallett; and by her maternal grandparents, Theodore and Rena Ellis, all of Augusta. \r\r\n\r\r\nIn addition to her husband, James V. Grasso, Wanda is survived by her parents, Stanley C. and Catherine Norma Hallett, of Windsor; her sister, Wendy S. Hallett, of Augusta; her step-daughter and husband, Teri Grasso and Brandon Kerns, of Denver, CO; her mother-in-law, Isabel Grasso of Hampton, N.H.; sister-in-law and husband Lynne and Joel Trussell of Durham, N.C.; sister-in-law and husband Nancy and Frank Hughes of Santa Barbara, Calif.; and many aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces, nephews and loving friends who provided her with support, comfort and prayers during her illness. \r\r\n\r\r\nA memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Jan. 21, at Knowlton and Hewins Funeral Home at 1 Church St., Augusta, followed by a reception and luncheon at Prince of Peace Lutheran Church, 209 Eastern Ave., Augusta. \r\r\n\r\r\nIn lieu of flowers, donations in Wanda's name may be made to the Nathan Adelson Hospice, 3391 North Buffalo, Las Vegas, NV 89129 http://www.nah.org ; or to any cancer-related charity.