Ethel Mae Waller, was born to the late Annie Anderson in Spotsylvania, VA on April 5, 1931. Ethel departed this life on Monday, December 25, 2017. Ethel was joined in holy matrimony to Clarence K. Waller in 1953. From this union three blessings were born Clarence, Maurice and Leroy Waller.

Ethel joined Bethlehem Baptist Church at a very early age and remained active in the church until her health failed. She was employed at Mary Washington College and The Holiday Inn for over forty years until she retired. She had a passion for cooking for others and caring for children.

Ethel was a foster parent to over fifty children and some to this day still call her “Mom.” Ethel was preceded in death by her husband Clarence, her three sons, her brother, Edward and her sister Sarah. She leaves to cherish her memories one brother George Hilliard Sr., five grandchildren Stephanie Waller-Morris, Clarence (JR) Waller, Dominique Waller, Desiree’ Waller, Rodney Waller and one great grandson Hassan Morris.

Ethel leaves behind sisters-in-law Ethel Hilliard, Shirley Waller, Lillie Mae Waller, Genevieve Hart and Diane Waller; two brothers-in-law, Edward and Carroll Waller; one daughter-in-law, Elaine Waller, her longtime friend Deborah Lewis and a host of nieces and nephews. Ethel had a few special friends that she spoke with often about her soap operas, cooking and everyday life, Mary Anne Rollins, Lois Garnett, Marjorie Griffin, Jeanette Wynn and Mike Nix.