Wanda was a meticulous record-keeper who eventually amassed considerable savings. From an early age, she had been avidly trained by her father Ned to care for and invest her earnings. In 1966 she established the Wyatt Foundation, a charitable organization that over the years made numerous contributions to various Prince Edward Island non-profit agencies. It is this legacy that has left the City of Summerside its heritage cornerstone, the Wyatt Heritage Properties. Other organizations that have benefited from Miss Wyatt’s generosity are the Harbourfront Theatre, the College of Piping and Celtic Performing Arts, the University of Prince Edward Island, the Prince Edward Island Humane Society, and the Canadian Red Cross, among others.
Dr. Wanda Wyatt lived a very full life accented with a loving family, world travels, hundreds of bridge games, a passion for arts and culture, great affection for her beloved cats, and lifelong friendships. In the last decade of her life she received many honours as a result of her commitment and dedication to Prince Edward Island. This included an honorary doctorate from the University of Prince Edward Island, bestowed upon Miss Wanda Lefurgey Wyatt in 1992.
In January of 1998, at the grand age of 102 years, Wanda slipped peacefully into an everlasting sleep. She was ushered into the next world to the strains of one of her favourite songs, "Beautiful Dreamer." She loved to show off her house. Today, many visitors yearly admire this gracious lady’s keen eye for collecting as they are escorted through her lifelong home at 85 Spring Street, nestled among the shady heritage streets of Summerside.
(Biographical sketch written by Susan Rodgers, first curator of the Wyatt House Museum.)