Janet Lee Waddy, 88, historical society researcher


Janet Lee Waddy, a former Maryland Historical Society researcher, died of cancer Friday at Stella Maris Hospice in Timonium. She was 88.

Janet Lee Jones was born in Farmville, Va., and moved to the 1100 block of N. Bond St. in Baltimore at age 8. She attended Frederick Douglass High School and later returned to night school, where she earned her General Educational Development diploma in 1965. She also took courses at the Community College of Baltimore.

In 1938, she married James Waddy Sr., who was maitre d' hotel for many years at the University Club on North Charles Street. He died in 1988.

Mrs. Waddy worked for 20 years as a researcher at the Maryland Historical Society, retiring in the late 1980s.

She was a member for 70 years of Faith Baptist Church in Baltimore, where she served on many committees, including the Missionary Board and women's organization. A soprano, she sang with the church choir.

"Faith Baptist was her whole world," said her daughter, Janet L. Atwater of Severn. "She also liked traveling and collecting rocks. Wherever she visited, she took a rock as a memento."

Services will be held at 11:30 a.m. Wednesday at the church, 833 N. Bond St.

In addition to her daughter, Mrs. Waddy is survived by two sons, James Waddy Jr. of Columbia and Nicholas Waddy of Randallstown; seven grandchildren; and a great-granddaughter.

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