Alice Margaret Mary (Charvet) Waddle, 80, longtime Grandview resident, passed away Monday, Jan. 5, 2009, at her home.
She was born on Dec. 13, 1928 to Eugene P. and Edna Charvet at their home. Her early years were spent in Mabton at the family home. She then went on to boarding school in Seattle, Mt. Angel Academy in Oregon and graduated from Ursuline Academy in Moscow, Idaho in 1948.
She married the love of her life, George Waddle, on May 14, 1949 in Grandview. They made their first home in Mabton, where George farmed and they began their family, which once completed, consisted of 11 children, eight boys and three girls. After moving from the farm, they made their home on Cherry Lane in Grandview and from there they built the current Waddle family home.
Although Alice contracted polio at the age of two, nothing stopped her from doing what she wanted. She raised her children, ran the household and worked at Snokist Growers in Grandview until she retired at age 72.
Alice was the first to tell you, "Leave it in the Lord's hands" and "Just pray about it" when troubled. No one was ever a stranger to her. We will never know how many good deeds Alice did for others. She visited the sick, dropped off groceries to those in need, brought flowers to many and was a great listener. It has been said she was a "caregiver" before the word even existed. She did have her vices though. She was famous for having a lead foot because she loved to drive fast.
She is survived by her children, Wayne (Hazel) Waddle of Sunnyside, Richard (Vickie) Waddle and Anna Den Boer of Pasco, Mark Waddle of Aberdeen, Dean Waddle of Eatonville, Gena (Michael) Bunney of Woodbridge and Virginia, Don Waddle, Joan (Doug) Dill, Dan Waddle and Merrill Waddle, all of Grandview. She leaves fifteen special, loving grandchildren and ten great-grandchildren. She is also survived by her brothers, Ernest (Laura) Charvet and Frank Charvet; sisters-in-law, Anna May Charvet and Florence Iverson; brother-in-law, Ralph (Tina) Waddle; and numerous nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her husband, George; her oldest son, Georgie; her parents, Eugene P. and Edna Charvet; sister, Josie Healy; brothers, Richard, Tommy, Jerry and Eugene Charvet; special aunt and friend, Auntie Alice Carlson; sisters-in-law, Donna Charvet, Iris Baumgartner and Edna (EP) Shows; and brother-in-law, Edward Iverson.
If you crossed paths with Alice, you were truly blessed. As the late Monsignor John McDonald said, "Alice [was] the closest thing to a living saint" that he had ever met.
Viewing and visitation will be held Thursday, Jan. 8, 2009, from 4 p.m. until 8 p.m. and Friday, Jan. 9, 2009, from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at Smith Funeral Home in Grandview. Recitation of a rosary will be held Thursday, Jan. 8, 2009, at 7 p.m. at Smith Funeral Home in Grandview. Mass of Christian Celebration will be held Friday, Jan. 9, 2009, at 2 p.m. at Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church in Grandview, with fellowship immediately following. A private inurnment will follow at a later date.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the American Heart Association or Lower Valley Hospice in Alice's name. Those wishing to sign Alice's on-line memorial book may do so at www.funeralhomesmith.com.
Smith Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.