Simone Waddell


In loving memory of Simone Waddell, age 59, born to Eleanor (Whaley) Waddell on November 22, 1962 went home to be with the Lords unexpectedly on August 19, 2022.

A faithful member of 15 years presiding under Pastor Brian Keith Williams, All Nations Church up to her transition. She was an active member of Commission Missionary Baptist Church, Pastor R.D. Robey. Sister Waddell was a very loving and devoted mother, grandmother, and great grandmother. She was very outgoing and always kept a smile on her face. She always seemed to find a way to make those around her howl with laughter. She had a knack for making people laugh. She also was very straight forward and a bit feisty, but very loving and caring personality.

Simone worked at Kroger for 15 years and retired there. She loved her job as team leader. Simone loved her family and friends. She also loved shopping for the finer things in life; she loved her Prada, Tiffany, Pandora, Louis Vuitton, and Cocoa Chanel. She has expensive taste. She would say, “I don’t want anything cheap”. Her hobbies she loved were excursions, reading books, listening to her music; gospel and old school, like Betty Wright, Teddy Pendergrass, Loui Rawls, John P. Kee, and BeeBee & CeeCee Winans.

Simone had a special bond and love for everyone. Momma Meeks “mommy” as everyone called her had a special bond that remained solid. Simone would always visit mommy on birthdays, Mother’s Day and in between bearing gifts and a bowl full of love and laughter. They would talk and laugh for hours and hours. They enjoyed each other’s company.

Simone is preceded in death by her mother, Eleanor W. Whaley and sister, Tonya Waddell.

Simone leaves to cherish her memory, brothers, Ebenzer, Ricardo, Todd, and Rondell Waddell; sister, Yolanda Waddell; son, Steven (Mary) Waddell Meeks; daughter, Benkisha Smith of Cleveland; grandchildren, Ijahnae, Na’Aliyah, and Kameron, Kylee; and great grandchild, Promise. And a host of nieces, nephews, family and friends.  She had a special love for the Meeks, Holts, Waddells, and her sister friend, Linda McCrary.

Simone will be sorely missed.

Visitation 1:00pm and Funeral 2:00pm Friday, September 9, 2022 at MARLAN J. GARY FUNERAL HOME, THE CHAPEL OF PEACE NORTH, 2500 Cleveland Ave.


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Condolence Messages

  1. Luv u ma, u definitely will be missed. I’m so upset I didn’t get to see you when you was up here but I know you’re in a better place now, LUV U ALWAYS♥️✨ Kisha praying for you & the kids I’m hear. Luv y’all MY HEART HURTS

  2. Delorise Hancock

    To simo family I am so sorry to hear of the passing of your mother and grandmother your mother was a sweet person beautiful smile pleasant She will truly be missed I am going to miss our little talk that we Usually have Rest in heaven Simone

  3. My sincere condolences and prayers for the family of Simone Waddell, my the peace of the lord be with you all

  4. Willowick Primary Care

    Thinking of you Kisha, and your whole family. Much love and healing prayers during this difficult time.

  5. William Pleasant

    KISHA, Praying for you and STEVIE that you both stay strong at this time your mom is in a better place may she RIP always will love you guys and always be there for you “Bill”.PS just couldn’t get it together to attain the funeral !!!!

  6. This is Ricky Waddell. I am one of Simones’ younger brothers in Manitoba. I was made aware of my sisters transition as well as the funeral service on 10 September 2022. I would like to reach my nephew Stevie. If anyone is in close contact with him, please offer Stevie my contact information. +1.805.857.0031. Email:

  7. I have been searching to see obit and if is who I think she is I only met once or twice and what I admired was her door during the holidays was so pretty. I gave her the most deserved respect. RIH.

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