College coach with local ties loses young wife to cancer

Blake and Wendy Anderson. Wendy Anderson died soon after the university announced her husband was taking a leave of absence to be with her. (Arkansas State University photos)
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(KWTX) A Division 1 head football coach with strong ties to Central Texas is mourning the loss of his young wife following her two-year battle with an aggressive form of breast cancer.

Wendy Anderson, the 49-year-old wife of Blake Anderson who grew up in Hubbard and played football at Baylor, died Monday.

“My beautiful girl has gone home to be with Jesus…no more pain, no more suffering, and praise Him no more cancer,” Anderson said in a statement he posted to twitter.

“She passed as peacefully and gracefully as you could ever hope just a few minutes before midnight with me laying right beside her.”

Anderson was first diagnosed in 2017 and underwent successful treatment and surgery but the cancer returned, media outlets report.

This summer the family reportedly learned the latest efforts to fight the cancer had been unsuccessful.

The Arkansas State athletics department issued a statement on Monday saying the coach was taking a leave of absence to be with his wife.

She died shortly after.

“I have been so blessed to have her by my side for the past 27 years. Thank you so much to all who have walked, prayed, cried and loved her through this two year battle. Praise Him that she hurts no more and is in His presence now and forever,” he wrote.

Support from around the nation has been pouring in since the news was shared.

“Wendy’s courageous battle with cancer will continue to serve as an inspiration to many across the nation, and the outpouring of support far and wide for the Andersons and the A-State family has been overwhelming,” a statement issued by Arkansas State Athletics read.

Blake Anderson graduated Hubbard High School in 1987.

He played at Baylor from 1987-1989 before transferring following an injury.