Published On: Thu, Apr 9th, 2020

Grandmother Who Befriended Teen After Accidentally Inviting Him To Thanksgiving Loses Husband To Coronavirus

Lonnie Dench and family poses with Jamal Hinton.

Lonnie Dench, whose wife made an unlikely friendship with a teen she accidentally invited to Thanksgiving and sparked a viral story out of it, has reportedly died this week after a battle with coronavirus.

As KPNX reported, the Phoenix, Arizona, man passed away over the weekend after being diagnosed with coronavirus and taken to a hospital.

Lonnie’s wife, Wanda Dench, gained national fame back in 2016 when she accidentally texted 17-year-old Jamal Hinton when trying to send an invitation to her grandchildren to Thanksgiving. When Hinton informed her of the errant text, Wanda insisted that the invitation still stood.

“I was totally embarrassed, and I didn’t know what to say at first. So I thought for a minute and I said, ‘Sure you can,’ I said. ‘That’s what grandmas do, they feed everybody,’” Dench told KPNX at the time.

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Grandmother Who Befriended Teen After Accidentally Inviting Him To Thanksgiving Loses Husband To Coronavirus