Madelene Rae Woodward

{January 6, 1923 - March 27, 2014}

Madelene Rae Woodward, 91, of Levasy, MO, died Thursday, March 27, 2014 at Research Medical Center in Kansas City.

She was born the daughter of Cleveland G. and Allie Mae (Westphal) Simpson on January 6, 1923 on a farm near Millport, MO.

Madelene attended school at Millport, Edina and Rule School. She graduated high school from Edina in 1939.

She worked at Hatfield’s Dental Office in Edina, Dunn and Bradstreet in Kansas City, and North American Aviation during World War II.

Madelene married Weldon Lee Woodward. He preceded her in death.

She was a devoted mother and wife who loved nature and gardening. Her faith in Jesus Christ was unending. Although she had been tragically injured in a car accident in 1947, she always persevered through all aspects of life.

Madelene was a life-long member of the Millport Christian Church and the Order of the Eastern Star of Missouri 411 – Matilda Chapter in Edina. She also belonged to the American Legion Auxiliary Post #499 in Blue Springs, MO.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; a son, Richard Woodward; a sister, Lenore Simpson; brothers Leonard and Richard Simpson.

She is survived by her children, Janice and husband Bob Combs of Kansas City, MO, and Weldon Woodward of Novelty, MO; a sister, Kathleen Tierney of Osawottamie, KS.

A funeral service will be held at 12 p.m., on Sunday, March 30, at the Gerth Funeral Chapel in Memphis, with her son Weldon officiating. An Easter Star service will be held at the start of the funeral. Visitation is on Sunday, one hour prior to the service at the funeral home. Burial will follow at the Millport Cemetery.

Memorials are suggested to the Millport Church and Cemetery.

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  1. I will always love you. To a wonderful mother. I would have wanted to be at the funeral service so would have Bob. He loved you also. You can remember me now. You both have Richard and our loving pets. Love always.

    Comment by Janice combs on July 22, 2014 at 12:18 pm
  2. A special thank you to David Hamlin who finished enscribing mother’s tomb stone.

    Comment by Weldon Woodward on August 2, 2014 at 5:24 am

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