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Esther L. (Stanford) Waddell: 1924-2018


OTTAWA — Esther Loraine (Stanford) Waddell, 93, Ottawa, formerly of Waterman, passed away Wednesday, March 28, at her home, surrounded by her loving family.

She was born Dec. 23, 1924, in Pontiac, the daughter of Elza G. and Rosa J. (Heflin) Stanford. She married Talma Tate on Nov. 30, 1944, in Kell, Ill., and later married Joseph D. Waddell on April 6, 1980, in Shabbona.
Esther was a member of First Baptist Church of Shabbona. She was a mother without a child; teacher without a voice; and a spirit that could light up any room; she will sadly be missed.
She is survived by one sister, Goldie R. Purdue, of Salem, Ill., and several nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents, both of her husbands and one sister, Vera K. Orvis.
Funeral services will be at 1 p.m. Saturday, March 31, at Burkhart-Eighner Funeral Home in Sandwich with Pastor Tim Johnson officiating. Burial will follow in Johnson Grove Cemetery in Waterman.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to a senior advocate group of your choice.
A special thanks to Dr. Syed and staff and Joliet Community Hospice for their compassionate care of Esther.
For more information or to sign the online guest book, go to

Burkhart-Eighner Funeral Home
606 E. Arnold Road, Sandwich, IL 60548

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