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West Plains, MO Location (417) 256-4141

Thayer, MO Location (417) 264-7242


Vida Irene Madden was born on October 21, 1929 in Kansas City, Missouri, the daughter of Ernest and Bessie Brazeal.  God gained another angel on October 9, 2021.

She married the love of her life, Carroll Edward Madden on June 29, 1946 in Salem, Arkansas,.who preceded her in death on November 12, 1990.  Irene and Carroll raised two daughters on the farm they dearly loved.

Irene was preceded in death by her husband, Carroll Madden; her loving daughter, Carolyn Watson and her husband, Paul Ray; three brothers, Robert Brazeal, C. L. Brazeal and Russell Brazeal; two sisters, Agnes Hilburn and Juanita Willbanks; and one great grandson, Austin Ward.

She is survived by one daughter, Shirley Walters and her husband, Bishop of South Greenfield, Missouri; two grandsons she adored, Tony Watson and his wife, Jen of Archie, Missouri and Kevin Watson and his wife, Kimberly of Peculiar, Missouri; one sister, Donnia Terry and her husband, Gene of Seymour, Missouri; twelve great grandchildren; several great great grandchildren; many nieces, nephews and cousins; other relatives; and many friends.

Irene was a Christian and a member of the Koshkonong Free Will Baptist Church.

She moved to Thayer as a small child.  She even lived on the farm for several years after Carroll died before she moved into Thayer.  Thayer was her life for over 90 years.

Irene loved gardening, reading, and was a great cook.  She made the best chicken and dumplings.  Irene was a poet writing the poem on the opposite page.

However, her family was most important to her.  She will truly be missed by her family and many friends.

The family of Vida Irene Madden would like to say thank you for the acts of love and kindness shown to them.

Graveside services for Vida Irene Madden will be held on Saturday, October 16, 2021 at 2:00 p.m. at Walker Cemetery in Thayer, Missouri,

Burial will be on Saturday, October 16, 2021 in Walker Cemetery in Thayer, Missouri with services under the direction of Carter Funeral Home, Inc. in Thayer, Missouri.


1 Comment

  1. Katrina (Phipps) Whitmer
    October 15, 2021 @ 1:30 pm

    She was a very sweet lady. I will sure miss her. Loved her very much