Madison, Mary Alice Sowder

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Mary Alice Sowder Madison, 78, passed away peacefully during the night of October 20, 2006 in her sleep.

She was born on June 2, 1928 in Montgomery County, Va. at Allegheny Springs. She is survived by her loving sons, William O. Madison, Joseph C. Madison and Richard L. Madison and wife, Melinda. Also surviving are her grandchildren, whom she loved dearly, Jennifer Madison, Jessica Madison, Michelle Madison and Christa Madison.

She is preceded in death by her husband Everett Owen Madison, her parents Otha Albert Sowder and Beulah Shelor Sowder, a sister Bertha S. Boens and brothers, George H. Sowder, Joe S. Sowder, Otis A. Sowder, Charlie Sowder and Ernest Bane Sowder.

She is survived by sisters, Blanche S. Anderson of Oconomowoc, Wis. and a sister and brother-in-law, Janie S. and Tommy Hale of Roanoke; brothers and sisters-in-law, David D. and Doris Sowder of Midlothian, Jimmy L. and Betty Sowder of Mechanicsville; three sisters-in-law, Geneva Sowder, Margaret Sowder and Monty B. Sowder; and many nieces and nephews.

Mary was a retired employee of Dr. Robert Wiseman and the late Dr. Ridgeway Hull. She enjoyed gardening, bird watching, reading, working crossword puzzles, and most of all, spending time with her family. She will be dearly missed by all.

Graveside services will be held Monday, October 23, 2006 at 2 p.m. in Sherwood Memorial Park, with the Reverend Mark Graham officiating. In lieu of flowers, the family requests contributions be made to the American Cancer Society. Arrangements are being handled by Lotz Funeral Home, Salem.