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Orpha Waddell Maxwell

d. November 3, 2008

Wednesday, November 5, 2008 from 12:30 p.m. until service time at Waters Funeral Chapel in Vandalia, Missouri.

Wednesday, November 5, 2008 at 2:00 p.m. at Waters Funeral Chapel, 500 S. Main Street, Vandalia, Missouri 63382.
Officiating will be: Rev. Mike Lewton and Rev. Bob Hoehn.
Music provided by: selected favorite hymns.
Interment will be in the Curryville Cemetery.
Pallbearers: David Waddell, James Waddell, Tony Wortmann, Jeff Miller, James Rose and Glen Bailey. Honorary pallbearers: Tapley McCune, Danny Lewis and Roy Dietle.

Orpha Elizabeth (Brown) Waddell Maxwell passed away at 5:15 a.m. on Monday, November 3, 2008 at the Tri-County Care Center in Vandalia, Missouri. She joined Mt. Air Presbyterian Church in August 1919 along with her life-long friend, Elizabeth Reading McCune. She attended Gentle and Curryville Schools and graduated from Vandalia High School in 1929. Orpha was active in church service serving as Sunday School teacher, women's missionary activities, deacon, elder and during vacation bible school. in 1995 she received the Evely Bedell Award for church service and in 2003 received a lifelong membership in the Presbyterian Women's Organization. She served as a 4-H leader and was active in extension for many years. Orpha was very proud to be a member of D.A.R. and had served as past Regent. She loved her family, her church, history, gardening and cooking. She will be greatly missed by all who knew her.

Born: December 13, 1911 north of Curryville the daughter of John Lawson and Ina (Geery) Brown.

Married: James Henry Waddell on September 4, 1929; he preceded her in death on September 8, 1982; she then married Claude Maxwell on February 14, 1988; he preceded her in death on November 6, 2006.

Survivors include: two sons: John and wife, Mary Waddell of Curryville, Missouri; Bill and wife, Kay of Montgomery City, Missouri; four grandchildren: Jimmy Waddell of Montgomery City; Meribeth and husband, Tony Wortmann of Montgomery City; David and wife, Angie Waddell of Curryville and James and wife, Sarah Waddell of Columbia, Missouri; five great-grandchildren: Brett, Ashlee and Abbie all of Curryville; Madisyn and Mathew of Columbia. All have been very dearly loved and very special to her.

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Memorials are encouraged to the Curryville Presbyterian Church.

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