In Memory of




Obituary for Juanita Elaine Waddell

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Juanita Patricia Elaine (Walker) Waddell, affectionately known as Pretty Pat to her friends and
family, entered this world as the third of seven children to Minnie Lee Walker and Fred Walker in
Washington, DC, on September 4, 1958. Raised in the vibrant atmosphere of DC, Pat attended
public schools until her later move to North Carolina.
Pat's vivacious spirit illuminated every gathering she attended. A natural dancer with a
boundless creative streak, she brought joy to those around her. From her artistic skills to her
survival skills, Pat was a woman of many talents. Her culinary talents were equally celebrated,
as she delighted in cooking for her loved ones. Pat's presence was a fixture at family events,
her warmth and enthusiasm touching all who knew her.
Beyond her love for dancing and cooking, Pat was deeply committed to helping others in need.
She generously volunteered her time, braiding the hair of girls of all ages for their first day of
school and lending a helping hand wherever needed.
In 1979, Pat exchanged vows with DeWayne Waddell, and though he has passed, their bond
remains cherished. In 2015, Pat and her beloved Thomas Smoot reunited, reaffirming their
commitment through marriage. However, the passing of Thomas Smoot has now reunited him
with his Queen once more.
Pat leaves behind a legacy of love and family. She is survived by her nine children: Joseph
Fostion, Clifton Fostion, Lakesha Walker, Angel Waddell, Jerome Waddell, Janerio Waddell,
Minnie Kelly, Juanita Kelly, and Lisa Kelly. Additionally, she is remembered by sixteen
grandchildren Jarvel, Jyquasha, Antonio, DaWayne, Quantez, Jada, Jasmine, Issayah, Rashad
Jr, Jeavanni, Heavynn, Jabrea, Joel, Ramir, Joshua, and Skky. Also, she is remembered by
eighteen great-grandchildren, TaVonte, Amir, Antonio Jr, Royal, Khadyn, Raine, Ameena, Akyia,
Eli, Zara, Jazir, Javian, Jamarey, Juel, Jazaelah, Jacari, Jaiyana. Furthermore, her 2 remaining
siblings Sheila Walker, and Barbara Walker each a testament to her enduring love and
Her son George, who departed in infancy, awaits her in the next life, as do her parents, Minnie
L. and Fred Walker. Additionally, her siblings Fred, Robert, Lisa, and Norma, along with her
granddaughter Aspyn, niece Faith and nephew Celot, have also preceded her in death.
Nevertheless, Pat's memory lives on through her a vast network of nieces, nephews, and
extended family members. Her impact, like her spirit, will continue to shine brightly in the hearts
of those who were fortunate enough to know her.
In addition to her family, Pat will be remembered as a devoted Bruce Willis fan. To her, he was
more than just a favorite actor; in her eyes, he was her celebrity husband.
As we bid farewell to Pat, let us carry forward the memories of her warmth, her laughter, and the
love she shared with those around her. May she rest in peace, forever cherished in our hearts.