Wanda Miller is the beloved wife of deceased American singer Kenny Rogers. Wanda Miller and Kenny shared 22 years of marriage, which ended with the tragic demise of husband Kenny at the age of 81. Kenny passed away on 20 March 2020.
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Wanda Miller’s husband
It is very sad news to share that Wanda Miller recently became a widow on 20 March 2020. She was married to Kenny Rogers until his natural death on 20 March 2020. Kenny was an American singer, songwriter, actor, record producer, and entrepreneur. He was also elected to the Country Music Hall of Fame in the year 2013. The lovers tied the knot on 1st June 1997 and their marriage remained strong for almost 23 years!
The lovers’ 23 years of togetherness seems like a story straight out of a fairy tale. However, they had to face some hardships due to their vast age difference of 28 years. Kenny Rogers was two years older than Wanda’s parents!
To start from the very beginning, Kenny and Wanda first met in Atlanta. It was by chance when Kenny was out on a blind date at a hotel where Wanda worked as a hostess. Rogers was instantly smitten by Wanda and soon after the first incident, Kenny contacted the restaurant, asked them about her, and finally called her. The pair met each other and sparks flew, which resulted in dating for five years before their marriage in the year 1997.
The lovers had a vast age difference of 28 years and hence Wanda’s parents were initially not very happy with her decision. They didn’t like her relationship with Kenny. As Rogers disclosed in one of his interviews, he had a fall out with his in-laws, who were two years younger than him. His in-laws also told him that they did not appreciate their romantic relationship.
Thankfully, Kenny mended his relationship with Wanda’s parents and eventually became “best friends”, as Rogers states. In addition, Rogers also said that Wanda is his true soulmate and no one understands him better than her. Even after their marriage, Rogers time and again mentioned how lucky he felt to have Wanda as his wife.
Kenny already had three children from his previous marriages and hence he didn’t really want more kids. However, after some soul searching, he realized how unfair it would be for Wanda as she was still going through her “childbearing years”, as Kenny shared in an interview with the Independent.
Later, in the year 2004, the long-time lovers had twin boys. They were both thrilled to have the twins, Justin Charles and Jordan Edward, in their lives. Justin was 6 pounds, 10 ounces and Jordan was 5 pounds, 8 ounces at the time of their birth on Tuesday, July 6th, 2004 in Atlanta, Georgia.
Rogers’ past relationships
Prior to Wanda, Kenny Rogers was already married four times. He tied the knot with Janice Gordon on 15 May 1958 and divorced in April 1960. They had a child together named Carole Lynne. He then married his second wife, Jean in October 1960 and divorced in 1963.
Moreover, Rogers’ third marriage was to Margo Anderson in October 1964. However, they also divorced in 1976. They also had a child together. Later, on 3rd October 1977, Rogers married his fourth wife Marianne Gordon and they divorced in 1993. They also had a child together.
The names of Rogers’ children from past relationships are Carole Lynne Rogers born on September 15, 1958, Christopher Cody Rogers born in 1982, and Kenny Rogers Jr.
Death of Kenny Rogers
The news broke on March 20, 2020. Kenny Rogers had passed away while he was under the hospice care at his home in Sandy Springs, Georgia, as stated by a representative for the singer. The country singer passed away aged 81 due to natural causes. Due to the global COVID-19 pandemic, his family plans to have a small private service with a public memorial planned for a later date.
Kenny’s 4th wife, Marianne Gordon remembers him as a loving husband who had his full attention on his then-wife. She is also mourning the loss of her ex-husband along with the whole world. Gordon reminds the world how good a person Kenny was. She says:
“I couldn’t say enough nice things about him and how special he was. So many people have called to remind me of the wonderful things Kenny did to help his friends and mine, including buying a car for a friend’s mother. He was such a kind, good person.”
Victoria Hallman, George W. Bush, and Dolly Parton are some people to pay tribute to the late singer.
Early Life and Childhood
Wanda Miller was born in the year 1967 in Lowndes County, Georgia, U.S., and her age is currently 54 years old. However, her exact date of birth is unknown. Her parents are father Charles Miller and mother Teena Miller. She also has a sister named Tonia. Tonia and Wanda are identical twins, just like her own children Jordan and Justin.
Wanda attended Lowndes High School located in her hometown. She also attended the school’s 30th reunion. In an interview in 2015, Wanda revealed that she will never forget her roots and where she came from. She also said that she often keeps visiting her parents in her hometown in Lowndes County with her twins.
Career and Professional Life
There is no exact information about Wonda’s professional life and career. However, her husband was a world-renowned American country music singer known for his raspy voice and multiple hits such as Lady, The Gambler, Lucille, and Through the Years.
During the time of continuous tours, Wanda would often join Rogers on his music tours. But the situation changed and she couldn’t find time to join her husband after giving birth to the twins. In the year 2017, Kenny retired from his singing career citing that he wanted to spend some quality time with his family. He said that he is a father first and singer second. Kenny said during the announcement:
I hope my fans understand that I’m a father first and a singer second… I’m missing some very great parts of my boys’ lives. I know as well as anybody else how that time gets away from you. And I don’t want to miss it. I just worry about how much longer I’m going to be here, and I want to have time to spend with them. It’s pretty simple.
Kenny Rogers organized his final concert in Nashville on 25 October 2017, at the Bridgestone Arena. An array of guest artists joined him at his final concert. Those guests included Linda Davis, Elle King, Little Big Town, Lionel Richie, Billy Currington, Lee Greenwood, the Flaming Lips, the Oak Ridge Boys, Justin Moore, and Travis Tritt.
Other guests were the Judds, Kris Kristofferson, Alison Krauss, Chris Stapleton, Lady Antebellum, Idina Menzel, Crystal Gayle, Reba McEntire, and Jamey Johnson. Rogers’s long time friend also made a special appearance and he was Dolly Parton. The duo performed You Can’t Make Old Friends and Islands in the Stream for the final time.
Awards and Net Worth
Since Wanda’s professional life is unknown, there is also no information about her achievements and awards. Nevertheless, her husband started receiving awards since the year 1977, long before their marriage. His first award was Country Music Association Award for “Single of the Year”. It was for the song Lucille.
He went on to receive numerous awards in the consecutive years, sometimes several awards in a single year. The most recent one of all his achievements is the “Willie Nelson Lifetime Achievement Award” that he received in the year 2013. The same year, Kenny was also elected to the Country Music Hall of Fame.
Although Wanda’s net worth is not available, her husband had an estimated net worth of $250 million.
There are no official records of her body measurement stats. However, StarsWiki mentions that Wanda’s height is 5’7″ and her weight is approximately 59kgs. Similarly, it also lists her body measurements as 33-25-35, bra size 32D, shoe size 8 and dress size 4 as per the US standard.
Wanda used to be active on her Instagram account @wandamillerrogers. But she shared the last post in November 2019. Less activeness on social media might be due to the deteriorating health of her husband Kenny Rogers. At present, her account has 4.4k followers and 21 posts.