Death – Wanda Young dead: The Marvelettes singer passes away at the age of 78

Death – Obituary

Wanda was one of the members of iconic Please Mr Postman singing girl group The Marvelettes. She died following a health battle with news of her death being confirmed two weeks after she passed.

The Marvelettes
Wanda Young of The Marvelettes (pictured; L-R Katherine Anderson, Wanda and Gladys Horton) has died

The Marvelettes singer Wanda Young has died a family member for the Please Mr. Postman performer has confirmed.

The iconic chart topping star – who was one of the last remaining members of the American girl group who found fame in the 1960s – was 78-years-old.

Wanda’s daughter, Meta Ventress, confirmed that the singer had passed away due to complications caused by chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.

While news of Wanda’s death didn’t emerge until Christmas Day, her family confirmed that she had passed away earlier in the month on December 15th.

The Marvelettes found fame in the ’60s


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TMZ reports that Wanda’s daughter, Mia, confirmed the sad news: “saying her mother had passed almost two weeks ago, on Dec. 15, in Garden City, MI.”

While the report also attributes Wanda’s death to “obstructive pulmonary disease” – a condition that causes difficulty with breathing, among other symptoms.

Wanda joined girl band The Marvelettes just before they signed their first record deal and performed alongside bandmates Gladys Horton and Katherine Anderson.

While Wanda also worked with the group throughout different line-ups, becoming one of the longest serving members who had been there since the beginning – and went on to provide lead vocals for the group.

The success of the group’s 1961 hit Please Mr Postman helped put Motown on the map and saw the single reach the top of the American charts.

While other hit songs from the ladies included Locking Up My Heart, Too Many Fish in the Sea, I’ll Keep Holding On, and Don’t Mess with Bill.

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What Is An Obituary

In national newspapers an obituary (obit for short) is a news article that reports the recent death of a prominent person. Although it tends to focus on positive aspects of the subject's life this is not always the case. According to Nigel Farndale, the Obituaries Editor of The Times: “Obits should be life affirming rather than gloomy, but they should also be opinionated, leaving the reader with a strong sense of whether the subject lived a good life or bad; whether they were right or wrong in the handling of their public affairs.”

In local newspapers, an obituary may be published for any local resident upon death. A necrology is a register or list of records of the deaths of people related to a particular organization, group or field, which may only contain the sparsest details, or small obituaries. Historical necrologies can be important sources of information.