Opal Melverene Madson, 86, of Grandview died Sunday, Aug. 7, 2205. God and Dad decided our beloved mother had suffered enough and took her home.

Opal Melverene, “Meb” as she liked to be called, was born in Athens, Texas May 25, 1919 to Norman and Mary Cox. She was the seventh of eight children, who have all preceded her in death except for one brother, Osborn Cox, who still resides in Texas.

Since her father was a share cropper they were always on the move throughout east Texas. After graduation, she and her sister Lois moved to Dallas, Texas, where they ran a cafeteria during World War II. It was during this time her brother Glen introduced her to a fellow service man, Wayne Madson. Several letters and three visits later, they were married in Dallas, Texas Dec. 13, 1948. Their honeymoon was traveling to his home in Grandview, where they resided until Dad passed away in 2002.

Mom was a Sunday school teacher, Cub Scout den mother for her son and Bluebird leader for her two daughters, as well as, helping Dad with their business, Wayne’s Chevrolet Service. She was a stay-at-home mom, who enjoyed baking; kids would come home with us after school to see what treats were waiting, gardening, canning, making jam and sewing all of the Rainbow formals, Easter and piano recital dresses and the summer blouses made out of printed flour sacks, but most of all, spending time with her family, whether it was in the back yard, in the mountains or at the ocean, just so we were together.

We want to express our sincere thanks to all of the staff at Hillcrest Manor in Sunnyside not only for love towards our mother, but your friendship. You have helped us understand our journey with Mom and her Alzheimer’s for the past 2-1/2 yrs.

She is survived by her children, Eldon and Connie Madson, Jan and John Padgham, all of Sunnyside, Pam and Andy Haugen of Milwaukie, Ore.; her grandchildren, James Madson, Lisa Madson, Brian Thorndike, Andy and Rebekah Padgham, Angela and Daniel Biehl, Makenzie Haugen and Kelsey Haugen; great-grandkids, Destiny and Tristan Madson, Annabelle and Ethan Padgham and Joshua (and Toby in September) Biehl. She is also survived by several nieces and nephews, who are sharing with us their wonderful memories of our mother.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks memorials be made to the Eden House Fund at Hillcrest Manor, Sunnyside or to Alzheimer’s Research in memory of Mom.

Funeral services will be held Friday, Aug. 12, 2005, at 1 p.m. at Valley Hills Chapel in Sunnyside, with burial to at Grandview Cemetery. Viewing will be held Thursday, Aug. 11, 2005, from noon to 6 p.m. and Friday, Aug 12, 2005, at 9 a.m. until time of service.


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