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Ardella Maddox

Ardella  Maddox, 97, Hannibal, Mo., passed away at 12:49 a.m., Saturday, Oct. 1, 2022, at her home. 

 Ardella was born on Jan. 12, 1925, in Hannibal, the daughter of Joseph and Clara (James) Cornelius. She was united in marriage to William Maddox on July 15, 1945, at Calvary Baptist Church. William preceded her in death on Oct. 30, 1990.

Ardella Maddox

Survivors include her children, Frank Maddox (Charlotte), Walter R. Maddox (Nancy), Vicki James (Johnny) and  Sarabeth Gorton (Ray); grandchildren, Lanie White, John James, Walter J. Maddox, Ashley Elwell, Jennifer Foster, Billie Brown, Trent Skinner, Tony James, Cassie Maddox, Richie Gorton and Candi Brown; 24 great-grandchildren, four great-great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents and husband, Mrs. Maddox was preceded in death by her brothers, George Cornelius and  Walter Cornelius; sister, Lula Banta; and grandson, Adam Brown.

 Ardella was a devoted member of Calvary Baptist Church where she loved to worship the Lord with her family and church family.  

Ardella also enjoyed working at the American Legion Golf Course, where she worked until the age of 90.  

Away from work and church, Ardella could be found cheering on the St. Louis Cardinals and watching the Hallmark Channel.  

Family was the biggest love of Ardella’s. She was always there to support her children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren through their steps in life.

Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m., Saturday, Oct. 8, at Calvary Baptist Church. Brother Jeff Anderson will officiate. Burial will be in the Grand View Burial Park.

Pallbearers will be Lanie White, John James, Walter J. Maddox, Trent Skinnner, Tony James and Richie Gorton

Visitation celebrating Ardella’s life will be held from 5 to 7 p.m., Friday Oct. 7, at the Calvary Baptist Church.

Memorials may be made to Calvary Baptist Church, in care of the Grand View Funeral Home.

Online condolences may be made to the family and video tribute viewed on Ardella’s memorial page at

The family is being served by the Grand View Funeral Home of Hannibal.