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Friends remember Gardnerville woman

Staff reports

A Gardnerville woman who was undergoing treatment for a rare form of cancer has died.

Wendy Epps, 33, received a bone marrow transplant Feb. 20. She developed an infection and died Sunday, said Sue Lammay of High Sierra Fellowship, where the Epps family worships.

“It was very sudden and very quick, and everybody is grateful that Wendy did not suffer,” she said. “Everybody is on the phone crying and sharing stories, and everyone is very anxious for Mike and April Epps to get home so we can hug them.”

Wendy Epps had Fanconi anemia, a disorder that typically results in bone marrow failure. Wendy had developed myelodysplasia, a pre-leukemia condition.

Her daughter April, 12, donated bone marrow for the transplant. The procedure left Wendy without an immune system.

The Epps family moved to Minneapolis Jan. 29 for what was expected to be a six- or seven-month stay.

Lammay said the Epps asked her to thank the community for their prayers and good wishes.

“It meant a great deal,” Lammay said. “Everybody’s hurting and we will miss her, but we all know where she is.”

Lammay said local services may be held at a later date. An account the church established for the Epps family will be used to help with funeral expenses. The Wendy Eichmann-Epps Trust Fund is at Wells Fargo bank, account no. 620-102-8765.