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Madge Daniel Gardner

 

Madge Daniel Gardner, 80, of Henderson, NC died Wednesday, November 18, 2020 at Senior Citizens Home in Henderson. Madge was born July 15, 1940 in Oxford, NC to Paul Nicholson Daniel and Margret Frazier Daniel.

Madge had many fond memories of her adventures with family and friends near her childhood home on Harris Street in Oxford. She was an active member of Oxford Methodist Church, a 1958 graduate of Oxford High School, a 7-year member of the Oxford High School Marching Band, and a graduate of Fuller Business School in Oxford, NC.

Madge raised her beloved daughter, Kelley Delayne Gardner Thompson in the Fields Community of Boydton, Virginia. Kelley was a constant, central focus of Madge’s life and the bond between them was always strong.

While living in Virginia, Madge worked many years driving a school bus for Mecklenburg County Schools, in the after-school program at the Mecklenburg County YMCA in Clarksville, as a substitute teacher for Mecklenburg Schools, and for Hardee’s in Clarksville until she retired.

Fields United Methodist Church was Madge’s church home for much of her life and she served there as a lay leader, Sunday School teacher, VBS leader, and choir member.

Madge volunteered for many years as a lunch buddy at Clarksville Elementary School, sang in the Lake Country Chorale, was a member of the Clarksville Ruritans and was an enthusiastic volunteer at the Ruritan thrift store. Clarksville’s Lakefest was one of Madge’s favorite annual events where she often shopped for the Christmas ornaments she gifted to so many.

Madge moved to Henderson, NC to be closer to family as her health began to decline. In Henderson, Madge found a community of caring friends at Oak Hill Apartments and a loving church family at Gillburg United Methodist Church.

Madge’s faith was her cornerstone. She delighted in the excitement of Christmas and the joy of Easter. Her connection to favorite hymns, songs, Bible stories and verses of scripture were essential to her life.

Madge was a passionate fan of Elvis Presley and her trip to Graceland was a favorite memory. She always enjoyed parades and marching bands and had a great love for all animals, but most especially for her own pets. She cherished her relationships with her many friends and extended family members and relished in sharing life with them. She enjoyed recalling times spent as a child with her grandparents and childhood friends, offering suggestions of good books, and delighted in connecting to those she met by sharing stories and experiences.

Madge’s lifelong love of reading and storytelling was evident throughout her life. Madge and her two sisters started the Daniel Sisters’ Library on Harris Street in Oxford and she often read to other children in the neighborhood. Madge loved story hour at the Oxford Public Library and was a regular patron of the library in Clarksville, VA and Henderson, NC. Madge gave many books as gifts to children and adults and books were a particularly important companion and enjoyment for her in the years after she retired.

Madge is survived and greatly missed by her daughter Kelley Gardner Thompson and husband Michael Thompson, her two sisters, Susan Daniel Dickerson and husband Bill Dickerson, Paula Daniel Glover and husband Frank Glover, three nieces, Beth Bowers and husband Blaine Bowers, Julie Edwards and husband Cameron Britt, and Hannah Glover, two nephews, Alan Glover and wife Penny Glover and David Glover and wife Kelly Glover, one great niece, Caitlin Glover and four great nephews, Seth Glover, Henry Edwards, Daniel Bowers and Neil Britt, as well as her treasured pets, her cat, Chloe and her dog, Lucy.

Funeral arrangements are through Eakes Funeral Home in Oxford, NC, but are not finalized at this time. Condolences may be left on the Eakes website and on Madge’s Facebook account. Updates regarding funeral services will be available on the Eakes website: www.eakesffuneralhome.com. In lieu of flowers, contributions in Madge’s memory may be made to the Granville County Animal Shelter at 515 New Commerce Drive, Oxford, NC 27565 (919-693-6749), or to the Clarksville Ruritans Scholarship Program at P.O. Box 44, Clarksville, VA 23927 (434-374-8080).

14 Comments

  • Joe Haskins Posted December 1, 2020 4:30 pm

    There was nothing as nice as Madge’s smile and just being around her. Many good childhood memories of her and her family. God bless the family and I can only imagine how much she will be missed.

  • Faye Driggs Posted December 1, 2020 5:20 pm

    Madge was always such a good friend. Always enjoyed talking to her and seeing her at Hardee’s.

  • Jan Bowen Posted December 1, 2020 6:36 pm

    Madge was one of the first people I met when I came to Clarksville. She was a wonderful friend, mother and never met a stranger. She will be greatly missed. Much love and prayers for comfort and strength for Kelley and her family in the days ahead.

  • Connie Tollerson McGee Posted December 1, 2020 6:47 pm

    Kelley:
    I am so sorry for the loss of your mom. I have so many fond memories of Madge, but most prominent are her visits in our home selling Avon and her volunteering at Liberty Church in VBS. She was a sweet and loving person who will be missed by many. Praying for peace and comfort for the entire family.
    Connie Tollerson McGee

  • Jennifer Sawyer Posted December 1, 2020 7:16 pm

    Madge is very much loved by everyone at Gillburg UMC in Henderson. She will be sorely missed by one and all. I enjoyed visiting with Madge and her many stories brought joy to me. I am blessed that Madge was a part of our congregation. She loved to sing and would always add something very special to our hymn sings. I know that she is singing in God’s holy choir.

  • Linda Currin Munn Posted December 1, 2020 7:45 pm

    My thoughts and prayers are with Madge’s family. I was one of the children of Harris Street and have such wonderful memories of the Daniel family. Susie took my and I to Sunday School at Oxford United Methodist Church , held “ school “ at their house and on any given day we’d be playing “dress-up” ! And “Granny” was always baking something that kept their kitchen smelling heavenly!

  • Wanda Griffin Posted December 1, 2020 9:10 pm

    Madge was a dear friend and neighbor growing up in the Fields community. Our prayers go out to her daughter and family. Love and hugs to all. Love, Wanda and Timmy

  • Eileen Barbieri Posted December 1, 2020 9:13 pm

    Fond memories of Madge visiting the Clarksville Library while she lived here. Always had a smile and a story. Condolences from everyone here.

  • Joyce & Scott Thompson Posted December 2, 2020 1:56 am

    Kelley, We are so very sorry for the loss of dear Madge. She was such an inspiration and mentor to us all at Fields Church. She drove my school bus in Elementary School and was always there when we needed her as a friend. Such a special lady and will always hold a dear place in our hearts. RIP sweet Madge!!

  • JUDITH CURRIN Posted December 2, 2020 10:50 am

    SO SORRY TO HEAR ABOUT MADGE. WE WENT TO THE SAME CHURCH IN OXFORD AND SHE WAS MY SCHOOL BUS DRIVER. SHE WAS ALWAYS SO NICE AND KIND TO ME. YOU WILL BE IN MY PRAYERS.

  • Vickie Powell Posted December 2, 2020 1:10 pm

    Madge was always a joy to talk to. I remember her carrying a bag when she would substitute. It was full of books, treats, AVON, and other items. She was always delighted to mention my son asking for coffee at Hardee’s when he could barely reach the counter. Later, she said “I can see all the coffee didn’t stunt his growth.” Our community was blessed to have her as a member. God bless her family as they remember this Christian lady.

  • Susan Mellott Posted December 2, 2020 1:38 pm

    Madge was a sweet person and a dear friend to many. Sending LOVE, {HUGS} and PRAYERS to Kelley and the family.

  • Wanda Elliott Posted December 3, 2020 1:08 am

    Kelley and family, Madge was a light to so many people. Loved seeing her and talking with her. Prayers for comfort for all of you.

  • Patricia henderson London Posted December 4, 2020 1:05 pm

    I have wonderful memories of Madge! She taught Paula and I lots of dances and was always fun and full of laughter ! She was kind hearted and loved her family and friends very much !

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