Mary Waddell

Mary Margaret Waddell (Schmitt)

Friday, February 28th, 1936 - Monday, August 17th, 2020
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A funeral Mass for Mary Waddell, 84, of Athens, is scheduled for 10:00 a.m., Friday, August 21, 2020 at the St. Edward's Education and Ministry Center at 1310 S. Palestine in Athens with Father Nolan Lowry officiating.

Mrs. Waddell passed away August 17, 2020 in Athens.

Mary Margaret (Schmitt) Waddell was born February 28, 1936 in Paterson, New Jersey, the daughter of John Schmitt and Elizabeth (Kinney) Schmitt. She was a long-time and active member of St. Edwards Catholic Church where she wore many hats, including organizing the Annual Gala and serving on the steering committee for the new Education and Ministry Center. Mary was instrumental in helping Athens become a Certified Retirement Community many years ago and took great pride in this accomplishment. She was awarded the Citizen of the Year accolade in 2009 which eludes to the fact that she spent countless hours serving the Athens community through many organizations over the years. The list includes; the Athens Chamber of Commerce, the Athens Economic Development Corporation, TVCC Women’s Basketball where she and her husband were active members of the Foster Parent Program, former board member of the Henderson County American Cancer Society, Keep Athens Beautiful Board of Directors, where she received the Margaret Myers Award for Outstanding Board Members. Mary also served as the secretary for the Henderson County Fair Park for over 8 years and she was currently serving as treasurer for both the United Way and the Kiwanis Club. Mary enjoyed shopping, reading and was a self-professed wine connoisseur. She was a loving “Grandma” to her grandchildren and “GG Maw” to her great grandchildren. Mary will be immensely missed by all those who knew and loved her.

She is preceded in death by her parents; her beloved husband, Jerry Waddell and one grandson, Michael Artuyo.

Survivors include children, Karen Artuyo and husband Duke of Dunedin, Florida, Janice Ervin of St. Petersburg, Florida, Christine Lunford of Dunedin, Florida, Robert Walker of Kennewick, Washington; siblings, John Schmitt of Maryland, Veronica Gerum and husband Charles of Pennsylvania, Rita McGrath and husband Richard of New York, Elizabeth Schmitt of New York, Paul Schmitt and wife Nancy of Utah; grandchildren, Dana Scott and husband Lee, Justine Hull and husband Luis, Nicholas Rosario, Ronny Ervin, Christopher Ervin, Casandra Lara, John Artuyo, Kenneth Lunford, Derek Walker, Chase Walker, Ciarra Scott, numerous great grandchildren. The family would like to extend a special thanks to Jerry Don Vaught and Derrick Marks, Carol and Bob Morton, Judith McGilvrey, Lynn and Tom Leatham and many other dear friends for being her support system.

A visitation will be held from 4-6:00 p.m. with a Rosary at 6:00 p.m. on Thursday, August 20, 2020 at the Hannigan Smith Funeral Home in Athens.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to St. Edward's Catholic Church or United Way of Henderson County.

Funeral arrangements were entrusted to the Hannigan Smith Funeral Home family.
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Service Details

  • Visitation

    Thursday, August 20th, 2020 | 4:00pm - 6:00pm
    Thursday, August 20th, 2020 4:00pm - 6:00pm
    Hannigan Smith Funeral Home
    842 SE Loop 7
    ATHENS, TX 75752
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  • Rosary Service

    Thursday, August 20th, 2020 | 6:00pm
    Thursday, August 20th, 2020 6:00pm
    Hannigan Smith Funeral Home
    842 SE Loop 7
    ATHENS, TX 75752
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
  • Funeral Mass

    Friday, August 21st, 2020 | 10:00am
    Friday, August 21st, 2020 10:00am
    St. Edwards Education and Ministry Center (SEEM)
    1310 S. Palestine
    Athens, Texas 75751
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
    Father Nolan Lowry


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Derek, Chase, Trisha, Laura

Posted at 10:16pm
Forever in our hearts and minds, you will be missed. We love you Gramma Texas.
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Betty Schmitt

Posted at 01:51pm
OH, How I will miss my sister Mary. We didn't live near each other but we were very close. I always remember the many vacation trips I took with her and Jerry. The times she came for a visit or I visited them. Only recently we talked about the cruise we took together with Veronica and Chuck and her coming here for Hayley's wedding(sharing a room together talking).
Great memories I will always remember.
Sister Betty

Trisha McGrady Posted at 10:10pm

You and your sisters are in our thoughts and prayers. Mary will be truly missed by us all. Love, Trisha (Derek and Chase's Mom)

Jim Rogers

Posted at 12:33pm
To the family of Mrs. Waddell:
Sorry for your loss, and my prayers are with you and yours. I worked with Mrs. Waddell through the Athens Daily Review with KAB and United Way. She was a blessing to all who knew her, and will be missed. Rest in Peace and fly with the Angels. Jim Rogers Athens Daily Review.

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