Elnor Nerie Horne Waddle-Asbell peacefully passed away on Sunday, July 4, 2021, at the age of 89, surrounded by her children and family . Elnor was born on June 18, 1932, to James and Ida Belle Horne in Trenton, Florida.
She was well known by so many as “Ms. Elnor” because of her open-heart and open-door personality, which instantly made everyone who met her feel like family. With an infectious smile she was always there to lend a hand, cook you dinner, take you fishing, or pray for you.... most likely all at the same time! Likewise, one of her greatest joys was singing with her brothers and sisters in the group know as the Gospel Travelers, who devoted their time and musical talents to share the love of Christ and the promise of salvation.
Her kindness, joy, and empathy were equally matched by a strong will and a resounding tenacity that pushed her to accomplish incredible goals that broke down barriers for all who followed. As one of the first female paramedics in the state of Florida, Ms. Elnor also was selected as one of the first female instructors in the state of Florida to teach medical courses at the Lake City Community College. From then on, Ms. Elnor’s adventures continued as she supported her family. Such experiences include her time traveling the United States in 1996 as a cook, seamstress, and nurse with the DCI World Champion Cadets of Bergen County Drum and Bugle Corps as they performed in the Closing Ceremonies of the 1996 Centennial Olympic Games in Atlanta, Georgia, and in the DCI World Championships.
Ms. Elnor is preceded in death by her son, Christopher George Marshall, and her husbands, James Duke Asbell, Norman R. “Bob” Waddle, Sr., and Bob Marshall. She is also preceded in death by her parents, sisters Florence, Hazel, Meveree, and brothers David and Napoleon (Poly). She is survived by her children, Patricia Marshall Hayden, Glenda (Rob) Meagher, Jory Marshall, Eugenia Lyn (Randy) Wiggington, and Norman (Lynn) Waddle, Jr., 14 grandchildren, and 21 great-grandchildren.
Please feel free to share in celebrating Ms. Elnor’s life and heaven-going with all those who love her most. Her viewing is at Watson-Milton Funeral Home in Trenton, Florida, on Wednesday, July 7, 2021, from 6-8 pm. A graveside service will be held at Pine Grove Baptist Church on Thursday, July 8, 2021 at 10 am, with a family reception to follow at the Woodman’s Center in Trenton, Florida.
Arrangements are under the care and direction of Watson-Milton Funeral Home, Trenton. 352-463-8888. www.watsonmilton.com