Wanda apparently grew up on a farm in the midwest with extremely conservative parents. At one stage when speaking about the past, Wanda stated that her parents told others that Alvin was dead whenever anyone asked how their son was doing.
After becoming involved in the Dreaming, Barbie and her friends learned that a storm, resulting from the witch Thessaly's spell, had killed Wanda. At the funeral, Barbie found Wanda buried under the name Alvin Mann; and when left alone, altered the name upon the tombstone to Wanda.
She later dreamed of Wanda and Death, who both wave goodbye to her.