Obituaries — 01 April 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


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,


She was preceded in death by her

parents; husband; a son, Richard

Woodward; a sister, Lenore Simpson;

brothers Leonard and Richard


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 was held at noon,

March 30, at the Gerth Funeral

Home in Memphis, with her son

Weldon officiating. An Eastern Star

service was held at the start of the

funeral. Ray Prebe, Roger Stock,

David Simpson, Bob Burns, Bob

Combs, Gary Guinan, Alan Rimer,

John Woodward, Jerry Friedrich,

Mark Rimer, Glenn Dieckman, James

Smith, Jack Vaughn, Darren Draper,

Lance Simpson, Michael Prebe,

Jonathon Prebe, and Tommy Prebe

were honorary pallbearers.

Burial was in the Millport


Memorials are suggested to the

Millport Church and Cemetery and

may be left at or mailed to Gerth

Funeral Service, 115 S. Main,

Memphis, MO 63555.

Online condolences may be sent to

the Woodward family by signing the

guestbook at gerthfuneralservice.


Arrangements are under the direction

of the Gerth Funeral Service.

Doris Louise Young

July 12, 2016

Donald L. King

July 12, 2016

Mildred B. Struewe

July 12, 2016


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Brian L. Alexander

December 29, 2015

Larry Carl Gorham, Sr

August 10, 2015


June 28, 2015

Stanton Thayer Brown

December 28, 2014

Victor D. Gragg

December 28, 2014


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