On Friday, January 19, 2024, at 90 years of age, Virginia Waddell passed peacefully from this world, surrounded by family, into the presence of her savior, Jesus Christ.
Virginia was preceded in death by her parents James Mackey and Helen Houston, her husband Joe, her sister Helen Young, and her older son Joe.
She leaves behind her son Jim Waddell and his wife Gloria, grandchildren Katie Waddell, Becky Walsh, Rachael Waddell, Kyle DeRoos, Courtney Cimala and Stefani Waddell; daughter-in-law Joni Waddell; and 10 great-grandchildren.
After graduating from high school in West Helena, Arkansas, Virginia went on to attend nursing school in Memphis, Tennessee, and started her career as a travel nurse. She eventually relocated to the Chicago area, where she became reacquainted with Joe Waddell, an old high school friend. They married, and after raising her family, she returned to work as a pediatric nurse until she retired. After 50 years in Chicago, she moved to Gallatin, Tennessee, where she had an active social life and was involved in her church.
Virginia faithfully loved her family and doted on her grandchildren. She brightened countless vacations, birthdays, and holidays with her gentle presence and infectious laughter. Virginia was always up for an adventure; she and her sister Helen traveled together often, visiting England, Ireland, and Alaska. Her passion for life never faded – even in her seventies and beyond, she was sledding, hiking, and enjoying the outdoors.
For many years each fall, Virginia vacationed with her family and close friends in Fort Myers Beach, where she loved spending early mornings on the porch reading her Bible or walking the beach collecting shells.
Many people who knew Virginia considered her family. She embodied warmth and welcome to all who had the pleasure of knowing her, and modeled Christ’s love in all of her relationships. She will forever be in our hearts and our best memories, and although we mourn her loss, we rejoice that she is home with Jesus.
Visitation will take place at Monee Funeral Home, 5450 West Wilson Street, Monee, Illinois, on Saturday, January 27, from 10:00-12:30, followed by a brief service at 12:30. There will be a committal service immediately following at Skyline Cemetery in Monee.
Flowers are welcomed or donations may be made to First Baptist Church Gallatin, 205 East Main Street, Gallatin, Tennessee 37066, in memory of Virginia Waddell.