Sept. 9, 1926 – July 4, 2012
Romola Earl Wardell, 85, died on July 4, 2012, in Lovell. After many years apart, she is finally together with her sweetheart. Romola was born to Sarah Minnette McArthur and Joseph Levi Earl on Sept. 9, 1926, in Malad, Idaho.
She grew up in Lovell, the oldest of five children. During her teenage years, she worked after school and in the summers to help support her family. Music was a big part of her life and she enjoyed singing with her mother, who would often accompany her on the piano. After high school graduation she attended Billings Business College until her marriage.
On Dec. 21, 1944, she married her sweetheart, Ross Dalton Wardell, Jr., of Otto. Their marriage was later solemnized in the Salt Lake Temple on May 15, 1945. They had five sons and two daughters. Ross’s work took their family from California to Maine throughout their years together. Romola’s love of music continued throughout her life. She was blessed with a very beautiful voice and her husband made sure she always had a piano.
She was a very giving person, putting others’ needs before her own. After raising her family, she loved making quilts, crocheting and knitting. She spent her last years making many quilts and hats for family and the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Humanitarian Center. Romola was a devout member of the church, having served in many positions.
She was preceded in death by her husband, parents, sisters Phyllis Earl and Genevieve Fink and her son Norman Wardell. She is survived by her sister Joyce Earl of Lovell and her brother Lowell “Sodie” Earl (Josie) of Redlands, Calif.; her children, Ross Wardell of Lovell, Marsha Petersen (Michael) of Farmington, Utah, Alan Wardell (Susan) of Layton, Utah, Jo Ann Walker (Ronald) of Lovell, David Wardell (Cindy) of Tallahassee, Fla., and Mark Wardell of Kemmerer; 23 grandchildren and 38 great-grandchildren. She will be greatly missed.
Funeral services were held on Monday, July 9, at the Haskell Funeral Home in Lovell. Interment was at the Otto Cemetery.
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