Funeral services for Dorothy Louise Waddell, 78, of Midland and formerly of Sweetwater, will be held at 2 p.m. Monday, Feb. 7, 2011, at McCoy Chapel of Memories. Burial will follow at Garden of Memories Cemetery, with Fred Church officiating. The services will be under the direction of McCoy Funeral Home.
Waddell joined her Lord and Savior on Thursday, Feb. 3, 2011, in Midland.
She was born on Nov. 7, 1932, in Fisher County to Ernest and Lillian (Lee) Perkins. Because of her family’s frequent moves, she attended six different schools in 11 years.
She graduated from Spur High School in 1950. She went on to graduate from Methodist Hospital in Dallas as a registered nurse in 1955. Upon graduation, she moved to Roby and worked at Cogdell Memorial Hospital as a labor and delivery nurse. It was during that time that she met Jimmy Ross Waddell, and they were married on March 23, 1957.
They lived in Roby until moving to Lake Sweetwater in 1968. She devoted all of her time, energy and love to her four children.
She was actively involved as a room mother, PTA officer, Brownie and Boy Scout leader, and Sunday School teacher. She spent countless hours driving a boat around Lake Sweetwater skiing with her children and their friends. In addition, she prepared numerous meals.
Survivors include her husband of 53 years and their children and spouses: Jay Ross Waddell of Austin; Vicki and Barry Willingham of Midland; Kelli and Matt Patterson of Burkburnett; and Jim Bob and Wendy Waddell of Midland; eight grandchildren, Leslie Thompson (Brian); Bradye McQueen (Josh); Lexie and Jackson Willingham; Katherine Patterson; Jordan Waddell; and Logann and Harlie Moore. She has one great-grandson, Slade Thompson. Additional survivors include her five sisters, Eudine Conrad of Midland, Laverne Hughes (Jack) of Lewisville, Clarece McCain (James) of Midland, Shirley Church (Fred) of Sweetwater and Minta Eury of Duncanville.
Dorothy was preceded in death by her parents and by her brother, Ernest.
Pallbearers will be Tann Pace, Kyle Lawrence, Tom Meek, Craig Johnson, Ronnie Williams and Perry Church.
Honorary pallbearers will be Jay Lawrence, Beau Patterson, Dean Church, Todd Moore and Max Headrick.