Wilma L. Waters, 86, of Ellery

Wilma L. Waters, age 86, of Ellery, passed from this life to the next on March 8 at Rest Haven Manor in Albion.

Wilma was born on Dec. 7, 1934 in Lawrenceville to Wendell A. and Olive L. (Shaw) Warren. She married Lloyd Waters on Sept. 22, 1954 in Tacoma, Wash.

Wilma was a farm wife who worked right alongside Lloyd; she drove tractors and trucks and helped with livestock. She was also a 4-H leader of the Little Prairie Pardners. She was the last surviving member of the Progressive Women’s Club. Once her children were raised, Wilma also worked as a cook in the nursing home and worked in a daycare. Raising a big garden for canning and flowers was an annual event in her life, and Wilma enjoyed taking her entries to the Edwards County Fair. She was a member of the Ellery Christian Church. 

She was preceded in death by her parents and brother, Carl “Bud” Warren.

She is survived by her husband, Lloyd Waters, of Albion; one daughter, Janet (Burl) Pettigrew of Ellery; four sons: Kenneth Waters of Nashville, Tenn., Carl (Patricia) Waters of Ellery, Ronald Waters of Las Vegas, Nev. and Steven (Tina) Waters of Flora; three grandchildren: Amy May, Crystal (Nathan) Gabbard and Dakota (Jenny) Pettigrew; great-grandchildren: Grace, Makayla, Abigail and Grant; five step-grandchildren and several step-great-grandchildren. 

A visitation will be held on Friday, March 12 from noon until 2 p.m. at Ingram-Meridith Funeral Home in Albion. Due to restrictions, 30 guests at a time will be allowed in the building to pay their respects and greet the family. 

Funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. at the funeral home; with a total of 50 family members and guests. Those who wish to pay their respects and attend the graveside committal, may do so at the Little Prairie Cemetery, west and north of Albion, following the 2 p.m. service.

Memorials are encouraged to the Oil Belt Christian Service Camp and the Edwards County Senior Citizens.

Online condolences may be left for the family at www.meridithfuneralhome.com

Ingram-Meridith Funeral Home of Albion is honored to be entrusted with the arrangements.