BOULDER, Colo. - Gladys Randena Madsen, of Boulder, died of natural causes Friday, May 23, 2003, in Boulder. She was 94.
The daughter of Edward Berry and Olina Rierson Berry, she was born Jan. 19, 1909, in Willmar, Minn. When Gladys was 2, the family homesteaded near Buffalo, S.D., living first in a sod house on the prairie and then in one of the first frame houses in the area, and Gladys spent her childhood herding cattle with the younger sisters and brothers in a family of 10 children. She married Earl Alfred Madsen in Fort Dodge, Iowa, in 1931. He died in 1986.
Mrs. Madsen raised four young children alone while her husband served in the infantry during WWII. Following the war, the couple moved to Greybull, Wyo., where they operated a Gambles Store until they retired to Billings in 1976. Mrs. Madsen moved to Boulder in 1985, where she lived with her youngest son, John, and his family.
Mrs. Madsen was an avid amateur artist, a practiced knitter of blankets and afghans, an excellent quilter and was active in church life for the better part of her life.
Survivors include Shirley and David Brainin of Sacramento, Calif., Robert and Peggy Madsen of Billings, Barbara and Earl Madsen, Jr., of Golden, John and Paula Madsen of Boulder; eight grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren, with a 14th on the way.
A funeral service will be at Smith West Chapel, 304 34th St. West, Billings, at 2 p.m. Wednesday, May 28. Interment will follow at Sunset Memorial Gardens. Bishop Stewart Kirkpatrick will officiate. The Smith West Chapel in Billings is in charge of arrangements.