Grace (Bill) Waddell, 97, Charles City

Grace (Bill) Waddell, 97, of Charles City, passed away Wednesday, January 3, 2018 at the 9th Street Chautauqua Guest Home in Charles City.

A funeral service for Grace Waddell will be held 10:30 a.m. Saturday, January 6, 2018 at Hauser Funeral Home in Charles City with Pastor Mark Luckiesh from the Seventh-day Adventist Church officiating. Burial will be at Sunnyside Memory Gardens in rural Charles City.

Visitation will be at Hauser Funeral Home from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. Friday, January 5, 2018 and will continue one hour prior to the service at the funeral home on Saturday.

Grace (Bill) Hulda Waddell, was born May 23, 1920 in Benson, Illinois to Fred and Rosa (Davis) Bill. She was the eighth born of 16 brothers and sisters. Grace moved to a farm in Iowa, near Colwell, at three months of age. She went to a Colwell School, a country school and later received her high school diploma by completing her courses at home. Grace held many jobs over the years including; waitress, grocery store cashier, worked in factories and spent 18 years as a nurse’s aide at Riverside Chautauqua Guest Home until the age of 69.

Grace was a member of the Seventh-day Adventist Church, the VFW Auxiliary, Senior Center and 60 plus at Floyd. She loved to bowl, read books (especially the Bible), cooking, gardening and most of all being with her family and friends.

On January 1, 1942, Grace married Fredrick White. This union produced two sons, Arnold “Arnie” and Elmer. They later divorced. She then married George Waddell on May 28, 1949. George adopted her two sons. They were married for 45 years before George passed away. After he was gone, Grace needed something else to do so she decided to go back to work and got a job at the Treasure Chest. She also became a foster grandma. Grace worked at a preschool and had so much love for all the little kids. She even received the honor of being Foster Grandma of the Year in 2008. Grace was a kind, loving, hardworking person who spent many years of her life helping others. Her love for her family was always unconditional, she will be missed.

Living family members include her son, Arnold “Arnie” (Karen) Waddell of Hillsboro, Oregon; daughter-in-law, Michelle Waddell of Phoenix, Arizona; eight grandchildren: Bret (Meriam) Waddell, Becky (Kevin) Vinecore, Nikki (John) Morris, Kim Waddell, Trevor (Julie) Schmidt, Troy (Krystal) Schmidt, Melissa Waddell and Alan Waddell; seven great-grandchildren: Abee Waddell, Mia Waddell, Calagen (Kelsey) Kalnins, Hunter Kalnins, Alyssa Johnston, Colby Johnston and Megan Waddell; one great-great-grandson, Jaxon Kalnins; four sisters: Myrtle Albrecht of Charles City, Violet Klassen of Belvidere, Illinois, Frieda Hart of Charles City and Arlene Carr of Charles City; along with numerous nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, George; son, Elmer; great-great-granddaughter, Briella J. Kloth; and siblings: Mae Mackamul, Ernie Bill, Clara Parker, Lester Bill, Elmer Bill, Dorothy Logan, Elsie Conway, Florence Wells, Harvey Bill, Edith Weidner and Lois Bill.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given in Grace’s name to the Seventh-day Adventist Church, 110 Hillside Drive, Charles City, Iowa 50616.

Hauser Funeral Home, (641) 228-2323, in Charles City, is in charge of local arrangements. Online condolences may be left for the family at


Chris Berg

Chris was born in Webster City and raised in Charles City. As a young kid, he would always be caught singing along to songs on the radio. He says he's good at karaoke but we think otherwise. ;) In his free time, he enjoys beginning new projects at home and hardly ever finishing them. Chris lives in Charles City with his wife Vicki, daughter Brynlee and son Jaxon.
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