In 2016, Wanda Dench accidentally texted Jamal Hinton, thinking she was inviting her granddaughter to the annual Thanksgiving family party.
Wanda Dench and Jamal Hinton honored their late husband, Lonnie, at a dinner on Friday and fired their usual Thanksgiving reunion for the first time in four years.
The couple became a viral sensation in 2016 when Wanda accidentally texted Jamal and thought she was inviting her granddaughter to the annual Thanksgiving family party. After discovering that their lines were crossed, Jamal asked if he could still “get a plate” at her home, to which Wanda replied, “Of course you can. It’s grandmothers who do it – feed everyone.”
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After meeting for the holidays every year ago, Wanda and Jamal decided to hold a small gathering this year to follow the coronavirus guidelines, according to 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 along with a photograph of Lonnie per. Photos shared by CBS Reporter Briana Whitney.
“It’s going to be different, my first Thanksgiving without him,” Wanda told The Times. “My husband was always right behind me and told me how proud he was of Jamal and me for what we have done.”
She went on to say that her husband, whom she met when she was 20 and described it as love at first sight, was “always true to herself.”
“He was the person I wanted to be like.”
Jamal added, “I always remember Lonnie looking on the bright side of things. He wants us to celebrate his life instead of hating COVID and hating everything.”
In April, Jamal shared the news of Lonnie’s passing on Twitter, writing: “As some of you may have already found out tonight, Lonnie did not make it … he died Sunday morning, but Wanda told me all the love and support was reception put a big smile on his face so I thank each and every one of you for that! 🙏🏽 “
At the time, he also let supporters know that Wanda had recovered from his own Covid-19 diagnosis.
“I’m just grateful we’re here, we’re together,” Jamal told the Times on Saturday. “I do not know what I would do during the holidays this year, last year or years before, if I did not have Wanda in my life, so I am just grateful.”