Ruth Elaine (Ehlert) Waddell was born July 3, 1927, to Alfred and Hazel (Cattel) Ehlert in Woodbine, Iowa. She was raised in Woodbine and graduated from Woodbine High School. Elaine married Glen A. Waddell on January 22, 1954, in Lakehurst, New Jersey. Together they lived in various locations due to Glen’s Navy assignments. Glen was a chief in the United States Navy. Their favorite place they lived was Key West Florida. Elaine loved being there because of the ocean and their many friends. The couple settled in Omaha and Elaine worked at the Methodist Hospital for 20 years.
Elaine enjoyed dancing, listening to music, and cooking. She cherished animals and had many pets, they were her best friends. Her greatest joy was her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren.
Elaine died at her son’s home on Sunday, October 28, 2018, in Omaha, Nebraska, attaining the age of 91 years, three months and 25 days.
Elaine was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Glen A. Waddell on July 5, 1990; and son, John Waddell on June 16, 1988. She is survived by her daughter, Cheryl and her husband Steve Bunting of Omaha, Nebraska; son, Craig Waddell and his wife Linda of Omaha, Nebraska; four grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; and many other relatives and friends.