The Gazette Weekly
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
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
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.