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Wannie Chitraruksa, 73, passed away on June 4, 2023, in Atlanta, Georgia. She was born on Sept 2, 1949, in Bangkok, Thailand. Wannie is preceded in death by her parents, Siemkok Saelim (Father), Soy Saeteao (Mother), and Siblings: Ms. Tawee (Monkey), Mr. Hong, Mr. Tann, Mr. Hua, Mr. Jing, Mr. Heng, Ms. Boobpha.
She is survived by her stepdaughter, Donna McQueen (Mike – Husband); her niece, Chada Lanamkam, Siblings: Ms. Boonta, Ms. Kanjana, Mr. Boonyon, Ms. Panadda; Grandchildren: Ian and Fiann McQueen, and many nieces and nephews in Thailand.
While living in Thailand, Wannie became educated as a hairdresser. She left Thailand in 1968 and came to the USA. In the early 1970s, Wannie met and married Thomas Sweat, Donna’s father, and she raised Donna as her own daughter. During that time, she achieved her Master of Cosmetology. Wannie worked as a hairdresser in Atlanta and later opened her own Hair Salon, “Styles by Wannie,” in Norcross, GA. Her business successfully thrived until her recent retirement. During Wannie’s time as a Cosmetologist, many of her clients became close friends, some like family.
As a child growing up in Thailand, Wannie loved working with her mom and climbing coconut trees. She enjoyed the sport of boxing, judo, and playing snooker. As an adult, she enjoyed traveling, visiting many states and international countries in Asia, Europe, and Africa. Wannie was a very spiritual person, faithfully attending the Buddhist Temple (Wat). She worked hard and always shared her prosperity with her family back home in Thailand, she sponsored many family members to receive their higher education degrees. Wannie was fond of nature and animals, particularly cats. She always cared for her favorite kitties, and the neighborhood strays.
Wannie will be remembered as being beautiful inside and out. She was an intelligent businesswoman. She was kind, generous, and charitable. She was fiercely independent, strong, and always dignified. She spoke her mind when disciplining younger ones, looking out for their own good. Her soft, gentle voice and infectious laugh will forever be heard in our hearts.
Heartfelt appreciation for family, friends, and Wannie’s Watt family that showered us with love, prayers, and support during this difficult time. ขอบคุณ
Georgia Cremation in Duluth is assisting the family with arrangements for Wannie Chitraruksa.