Wendy’s On the Road Again

 —  September 8, 2014 — 9 Comments

Wendy, always insist that the world keep turning your way. Have fun from here on out.

With love,

Willie Nelson and Family.

 

Joy ride ticked off bucket list

 

http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/10470485/Joy-ride-ticked-off-bucket-list

Wendy Pettifer

NICK REED/ Fairfax NZ

RIDE OF HER LIFE: Bob Hastie takes Wendy Pettifer for a ride in a Ford Mustang.

With wind in her hair, Willie Nelson playing on the tape deck and the roar of the V8-powered Ford Mustang as it charged down the road, Wendy Pettifer has had another dream come true.

The terminally ill Huntly woman beamed with joy as Bob Hastie, owner of 1969 Mach 1 Mustang, sank his foot deeper into his steed as they rumbled around the Waikato.

A ride in a pre-1972 Mustang was on Pettifer’s bucket list before cancer eventually takes her, and the Saturday morning ride was just the ticket.

“It was just amazing,” she said. “I couldn’t have asked for anything more.”

Hospice Waikato nurses visit Pettifer daily and they were at the top of her mind as she told the Waikato Times how Hastie and his wife Deidre Hastie pulled up the driveway.

“We heard it coming because that was one of the things I love about Mustangs is the noise of it.

“They have a blue Mustang and a red one, but the one I always wanted to go for a ride in was a red one. It’s just amazing.”

Pettifer uses a wheelchair these days so she was helped into the driver’s seat for a few photos and then the passenger side before they took off.

Her husband Doug Pettifer went along for the ride and sat in the back with Deidre Hastie and they all found a love for muscle cars translated into a fondness for American country music.

“The four of us have the same sense of humour as well because as we we’re rolling out the drive, we turned the tape deck up very loud which had Willie Nelson’s On the Road Again, which was just amazing.”

They drove to Hamilton and cruised the main street before tearing down the expressway to Ngaruawahia and home again. She couldn’t thank them enough.

“Ever since I was a child, there was just something – maybe it was born into me, I don’t know – I’ve just always loved Mustangs.”

Bob Hastie read about Pettifer’s wish to ride in a Mustang in the Waikato Times when she was visited by New Zealand Warriors player Jerome Ropati.

Members of the Waikato Mustang Owners’ Club put their heads together and Hastie made the Saturday morning jaunt happen.

“It was a lot of fun,” said Hastie. “She just sat there and laughed the whole time.”

“Because of the predicament she’s in and because she is a Mustang fan, you’ve got to look after them.”

Hastie didn’t know Pettifer before yesterday but said club members loved to do good turns, but more importantly, she was a part of the community and memories of yesterday’s ride would stick with him for a while.

“She particularly wanted the type of car that I had and I actually live close to Huntly as well,” said Hastie.

“It’s a pretty sad time of your life and to make the last part of your life really happy was unreal.”

elton.smallman@fairfaxmedia.co.nz

 

9 responses to Wendy’s On the Road Again

  1. Nice

  2. rock on Wendy

  3. Ilove you willie. I am 57 & u keep me fighting the good fight. thank you for all u have done for our countr, and more important , me… the hell w/ the rest of them. they are stupid. U are better. than. strawberry ice cream. thanks willie. I just wanted u to know. My first willie album was w/ Kris K. & ? a redneck oops redhaired woman? reba? I played that album in a boring dorm until I broke it. That started my sanity tour. Thank for staying alive thru my life. quietly adoring u. karen in Louisiana. tho I am not responsibvle. I am sorry they pulled over your bus here. Maybe there is a cosmic reason,? ha. glad u are u.

  4. HI WILLIE YOUR THE BEST COUNTRY SINGER WE HAVE , WE LOVE EVER SONG YOU HAVE WROTE AND SUNG. I RECORDED YOU SONG CRAZY EVERY ONE CALL ME PATSY OR LORATTA LYNN. I BOUGHT YOU RIGHT TO RECORD IT . WOULD LOVE YOU TO HERE IT SOME TIME I STARTED SINGING IN AT AGE 3 BUT WAS FROM KY AND DIDENT HAVE THE MONEY TO DO NOTHING AT THAT TIME, BUT WHEN I GOT OLDER I RECORED CRAZY GAVE A 1000.00 AWAY IN 3 DAYS WAS PROUD OF MY SELF TO HAVE DONECRAZY YOUR SONG. PLEASE IF YOU EVER WANT TO HERE IT DROP OR CALL ME AND I WILL SEND YOU ONE FREE LOL SINCE IT WAS YOUR SONG. MY CELL IS 815-353-8283. HOME PHONE IS 815 -385-7204 OR EMAIL ME COUNTRYGIRLNTL@COMCAST.NET AND WILL SEND YOU ONE ITS WAS A GREAT HONER TO DO YOU SONG , MABY SOMEDAY I CAN OPEN UP FOR OK TY SO MUCH YOUR A NICE MAN, TY. MARTHA CRAFT COUNTRYGIRL.!!!!!!!!TY!!!

  5. Willie, My mother, Edie Arp is in hospice and the other day as we listened to you singing…I told her, “That you and Willie are free spirits. ” Then I said, “Would she like Willie to take her down the highway on the Honeysuckle Rose bus?” Which she nodded her head positively to.
    She is still hanging on in hospice – – apparently waiting to see your bus pull up!

  6. This is a true tribute to the spirt and soul that Wendy possesses. Knowing her for the last few years through an online art group, one thing always stands out about Wendy and that was her spirit. I am so glald she had this opportunity!

  7. That’s so sweet

  8. Dear Mr Nelson, Thank you so very much for including this on your Web Site. It is with much regret that I inform you that Wendy lost her struggle with breast cancer yesterday 18-12-2014.
    It has only been today that we have found this on your web site. Wendys son Matthew came across it and it has brought much comfort to us that you have taken the time to do this.
    Wendy has followed your music for many years as have I.

    Warmest regards
    Doug Pettifer

  9. What an amazing tribute to my best friend. You will forever be in my heart. Will miss you so much. Love you. Ann xxxx

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