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Barbara Stoddard Madsen

01/07/1941 - 03/13/2020

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Barbara Stoddard Madsen passed away Friday, March the 13th, 2020, due to a hiking accident. Barbara was born in Fresno, California, January 7, 1941. Her teenage years were spent in Ashland, Oregon.

To earn money for college, she was a legal secretary at the age of 16. She was expert in shorthand, which she used right up to her last day. Barbara made it to BYU. While there, she met what turned out to be her amazing partner and eternal companion.

From there, Barbara’s journey through life was one amazing experience. She was intelligent, business smart, creative, loving, traditional yet bold. She loved unconditionally.

She excelled in everything she tackled, especially real estate. And yet she still had time to mother her four children and thirteen grandchildren, who were most important to her. They will all miss her Thanksgiving turkey and Danish Christmas dinner.

She loved her church life. She was deep, she was serving, she was loving.

Barbara is survived by her husband, Even S. Madsen; her children Bennet (JoEllen), Geeta (Mike Buckley), Sonja (Chad Downey), Jared (Lisa); and 13 grandchildren.

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  • Dear Bennet; I was so sorry to read of your Mother’s passing. I’m sure she was a wonderful person, like her son! I’ll keep you and your family in my prayers, which at this point in time, we certainly do need. Take care, Carmen

    — Carmen Ontiveros
  • Barbara was a dear friend and we miss her. We also remember her adventures in creating wonderful desserts ranging from cheese cake to a cake with mandarin oranges on the frosting (our favor). She also helped us with selling a house for a divorced daughter and finding a condo for another daughter.
    We visited Nauvoo with her and Even, and she then realized one of her ancestors was part of the “mob” that killed Joseph Smith and sent Even into the bar in Warsaw, Illinois to find out more about this history.
    We miss her smile, her intellect and interest and her strong testimony of the Savior.

    — Juneil and Lynn Lyon

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