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Betty M. Waddell

Died: Tuesday, October 07, 2003
Betty M. Waddell 81, of the City of Grosse Pointe, died on Tuesday, Oct. 7, 2003, at Bon Secours Hospital.

Born in Brisbane, Australia, in 1922, Mrs. Waddell came to the United States crossing the Pacific Ocean during wartime conditions. She lived in West Virginia, Rhode Island and Long Island, N.Y., before moving to Grosse Pointe in 1964.

Mrs. Waddell worked in home decorations at Jacobson's in The Village for more than 30 years until its closure in 2002. She was an avid reader, gardener and theatergoer, and a member of the Detroit Institute of Arts. She was also a member of the Belle Isle Botanical Society, where she was a volunteer gardener for many years.

Mrs. Waddell traveled the country and the world on cultural explorations and on visits to her six children.

She is survived by her children, Susan (Michael), Christopher (Heidi), Michael (Karen), Richard Jr. (Holly), Jennifer (Al) and Meg; 19 grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; and her sister, Joan Gregory.

A celebration of her life was held on Saturday, Oct. 11, at her home and garden.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Belle Isle Botanical Society, P.O. Box 14693, Detroit, MI 48214.
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