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Barbara J. Madson

Sep 23, 2012 - Staff

Barbara J. Madson died Wednesday, Aug. 22, 2012, at the Davis Hospice Center in Cheyenne after a short battle with cancer. She was 66 years old.

A memorial service is at 11 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 29, at Faith Lutheran Church in Lander. Her ashes will be interned at Southern Nevada Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Boulder City, Nev.

Barbara "Barb" Jean Madson was born July 11, 1946, in Montevideo, Minn., to David and Virginia Warner. She grew up in St. James, Minn. She was the oldest of nine children (six brothers and two sisters).

She graduated from St. James High School in 1964 and later attended Marymount College in Salina, Kan., where she majored in French and minored in English. After graduating, she taught French in Austin, Minn., before marrying her high school sweetheart, Robert (Bob) Madson, on June 14, 1969.

The couple moved to California shortly after getting married and had their first son, Craig. Eventually they moved back to Minnesota for several years before moving to North Dakota and later Montana. After a short time in Montana, they returned to Minnesota where they had three more children, Jeremy, Tara and Kevin. In 1984, the couple moved their family to Wyoming where they lived for the next 24 years (first in Worland and later in Lander) before retiring and starting their travels.

After the birth of Craig, Mrs. Madson became a stay-at-home mom for many years to devote her time to raising her four children. She spent most of her days watching her children in all different types of sporting events, taking them to children's programs at the library and bike riding with them around town.

She eventually went back to work when she and her husband bought the Putt and Rack and the Ben Franklin in Worland. Later, she returned to teaching in Lander, where she worked as a paraprofessional in the special needs resource center at the Lander Middle School. She loved her work and all of the children and people she worked with.

After retiring in 2008, Mr. and Mrs. Madson began spending their winters volunteering at the Boulder Beach Campground near Boulder City, Nev. During the summer, they worked as camp hosts for the Forest Service at the Sinks Canyon Campground outside Lander. Outside of the volunteer work, they spent most of their remaining free time traveling to see their four children and several grandchildren.

Her family said Mrs. Madson was a kind, gentle woman who valued her family above all else.

They said she loved the outdoors and spent much of her life enjoying all kinds of outdoor activities with her family, and she especially enjoyed summers spent in the Big Horn Mountains camping and fishing with her husband and children.

She is survived by her husband, Bob; son Craig Madson, daughter-in-law Heidi Madson and their son, Alex; son Jeremy Madson, his three children, Leonard, Simon and Helen, and their mother, Kate Madson; daughter Tara Southwell, son-in-law Justin Southwell and their two children, Madison and Olivia; son Kevin Madson; Timalee Haberman (whom she considered to be a daughter); mother Virginia Warner; five brothers; two sisters; and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her father, David Warner; her brother, Tim Warner, and his wife, Ricki Warner.

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