Madeline Ewing

{June 2, 1921 - August 14, 2013}

Katherine Madeline (Monroe) Ewing, 92, of Memphis, Missouri, passed away in her home on August 14, 2013.

She was born June 2, 1921, near Gorin, Scotland County, Missouri, the daughter of Fred D. and Ethel Blanche (Raine) Monroe.

Madeline attended grade school and high school at Gorin, and graduated in 1939.  Following graduation, she worked for the P.C. Robinson Telephone Company, and later at the United States Post Office, both in Gorin.

She married Clark Baldwin Ewing on July 26, 1942, in the Gorin Methodist Church parsonage.  Clark was the son of Nick Bland and Bessie Vernon (Cox) Ewing of near Rutledge.  After their marriage, they lived in Lincoln and Ainsworth, Nebraska, where Clark was employed by Green Construction Company of Des Moines, Iowa.  Clark entered the U.S. Army in December 1942, and Madeline returned to Gorin to live with her parents.  There she resumed her employment with the United States Post Office.  Upon Clark’s military discharge in 1945, they moved to Lancaster, Texas, where Clark was employed in construction.  In 1946, they moved to a farm north of Rutledge.  They were co-owners with Vernon Bounds Ewing in farming and Ewing Brothers Land Improvement Contractors.  Upon the death of her husband in December 1990, Madeline moved to Memphis, but continued the farming operation.

She made her profession of faith at the Gorin Methodist Church at the age of 13, and as an adult, became a member of the Gorin Baptist Church, where she remained a faithful member until her death.

Madeline became a member of the Gorin Chapter #139 of the Order of the Eastern Star in 1940, where she served as Worthy Matron.  When the Gorin Chapter merged with Rutledge Chapter #343, she continued to serve faithfully as an officer.  She was a charter member of the Leslie-Chambers American Legion Auxiliary in Gorin.  Madeline served on several committees of the Missouri Chapter of the Land Improvement Contractors of America Women’s Auxiliary.

She is survived by two daughters:  Elaine Forrester, and her husband, Sterling, of Memphis; and Janet Deaton, and her husband, Don, of Huntsville, Alabama; two granddaughters: Angela (Forrester) Westhoff, and her husband, Scott, of Memphis; and Alisa (Forrester) Kigar, and her husband, Jim, of Bible Grove; four great-grandchildren: Megan (Westhoff) Hamilton, and her husband, Kenneth, of Maryville; Shelby Westhoff of Memphis; and Eli and Elsie Kigar, of Bible Grove; and one great-great-granddaughter: Harper Madelynn Hamilton, of Maryville.

Other survivors include her cousins: Rose Fishback, of Kirksville; Peggy Jean South of Overland Park, Kansas; and Norman Briscoe, of Williamstown.

Memorials are suggested to the Gorin Baptist Church or the Scotland County Senior Nutrition Site.

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  1. So sorry to hear of your Mom’s passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

    Comment by Bill & Deb (Ferguson) Herring on August 16, 2013 at 1:56 am
  2. Elaine, Janet and family. My heart goes out to you. I remember your mother as being such a sweet lady. I know she lived a very full life and you undoubtedly have many fond memories. I will be praying for you during this time. Kathy Young.

    Comment by Kathy Young on August 16, 2013 at 5:11 am
  3. She and My Mother had there daily visits, she will be missed by all of us, prayers to all my family in this of sorrow…Jan and Dick

    Comment by Jan on August 16, 2013 at 5:13 am
  4. Wishing you God’s peace, knowing your loved one is now experiencing all the joy of heaven.

    Anything we can do, please let us know.

    Sorry for your loss.

    Comment by Dana R. Slavin & Congregation First Presbyterian Church on August 16, 2013 at 3:03 pm
  5. My thoughts and prayers are with each family member at this time.

    Star Love,
    Pam Tylock
    Kirksville Chapter

    Comment by Pam tylock on August 16, 2013 at 3:14 pm
  6. Janet:

    My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during this time.


    Comment by Pat Renegar on August 16, 2013 at 3:41 pm
  7. I always loved to hear her talk about how she married Grandpa Clark and then sent him off to war. What a remarkable story. I carry it in my heart and remember that not all the war heroes were on the battlefield.

    Prayers to you all. I can’t help but smile as I think how joyful she must be seeing her solider again.

    Comment by Beverly Fry on August 16, 2013 at 6:26 pm
  8. Our Sympathy

    Comment by Shirley Harbur on August 17, 2013 at 7:54 pm
  9. We are certainly thinking of you at this time. We have so many wonderful memories of Madeline and of course Larry loves to tell the one about him sharing his green onions in the spring. “You can’t have just one,,,,you must take all of them” and she would laugh and reply,”Well, I guess I will take all of them.” See you in a few hours.

    Comment by Larry & Nancy Tague Platz on August 18, 2013 at 1:37 pm
  10. We are very sorry for your loss and are thinking of you at this time. If you need anything we are just down the road. So sorry. Ray and Shirlene

    Comment by ray chancellor on August 20, 2013 at 3:30 pm

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