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  • Visitation:  2-4 & 6-8 p.m.  Friday at Brown-Teman & Christiansen Funeral Home
  • Funeral:  1:00 p.m. Saturday at St. Thomas Lutheran Church, Trufant

Mrs. Betty Mae Madsen, age 93, of Trufant, passed away Sunday afternoon, Dec. 2, 2007 at Spectrum Health United Memorial-Kelsey Hospital, Lakeview. The daughter of N.P. & Sadie Nielsen, she was born on Jan. 6, 1914 and was a 1935 graduate of Trufant High School. On Jan. 16, 1937, she married Elwood E. Madsen, and together they farmed and raised one son.

A life-long member of St. Thomas Lutheran Church, she taught Sunday School at the church and had been a member of the Order of the Eastern Star Chapter 383, the Rebeccas, and the Red Hat Society, as well as the Trufant Secret Pals. Betty enjoyed playing the organ, feeding and watching birds, playing bingo, and embroidery and handicrafts.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Elwood Madsen, on Sept. 16, 1989; and a son, Kay E. Madsen on July 6, 1994.

Surviving are a daughter-in-law, Jean Madsen of Trufant; two grandsons, Roger E. Madsen of Trufant, and David & Marta Madsen; two great granddaughters, Teresa and Rosa Madsen, all of Bradenton, Florida; a sister-in-law, Audree Madsen of Greenville; two nieces and a nephew, Ardella Hansen, Jeanne Madsen, and Bruce Nielsen; her second family, Finetta Musser, Janette & Joe Funk, and David Musser, all of Trufant, and June & Randy Carey of Stanwood.

Funeral services will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 8, 2007 from St. Thomas Lutheran Church, Trufant, with the Rev. Aaron I. Sorrels III officiating. Burial will follow in Trufant Cemetery.

Visitation is Friday from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. at the Brown-Teman & Christiansen Funeral Home and Cremation Center, 511 S. Franklin Street, Greenville, where envelopes for memorial contributions to St. Thomas Lutheran Church or the Trufant Fire Dept. Scholarship Fund will be available. To send a message of sympathy to the family, sign Bettys online guest book, or share a favorite memory, please click the “Sign Guest Book” link above.


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  1. Anonymous on December 2, 2007 at 12:00 am


    12/04/2007 –

    Don & Janet Medler

    To the family of Betty, we were so sorry to hear of her passing. I remember her many years ago when I attended the Church in Trufant she was my Sunday school teacher. My father also directed the Church choir at that time. Of course my husband, Don, knew her for many years growing up in Trufant. Plus, she has been a dear friend of Don’s mother, Virginia. Our prayers are with everyone during this difficult time. Betty will be sadly missed. Love, Don and Janet(Jones)Medler

    12/04/2007 –

    Linda (ort) Richmond

    I am sorry for your loss Aunt Jeanie. I always felt she was my grandmother too, I will miss her as much as I love her. I miss and love you and the family very much, you’re in my thoughts everyday.
    Love you always, Linda

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