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Madge Aileen Martin Barnhurst

08/31/1932 - 07/31/2019

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Madge Martin Barnhurst, beloved wife, mother, and grandmother, passed away peacefully in her home on July 31, 2019.

Madge was born August 31,1932, in Idaho Falls, Idaho, to Hugh Leo Martin and Gladys Hunsaker Martin. Her family later moved to Utah where she spent her formative years growing up in Rose Park. She was a West High Panther and enjoyed participating in school clubs and student government.

Madge and Durward J Barnhurst were married on May 31, 1963 and were later sealed in the Salt Lake Temple on March 17, 1965. Together they raised a large family that grew to include many grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and great-great-grandchildren. Madge loved her family and showed that love in selfless service. She was always there to help anyone in need.

Madge loved to sing, and in her younger years, dance. She enjoyed gardening and sharing what she harvested with others. She liked to take long walks and loved to sew and knit. One of her favorite past times was watching sports, particularly the Utah Jazz.

Madge was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. She had a deep and abiding faith in her Savior Jesus Christ and His gospel. She enjoyed serving in many callings from primary worker to Relief Society president, and cherished the associations she had with her church family.

She is survived by her husband of 56 years and her children, Vivian Warner (Jerry), Patty Maxfield, Cynthia Swensen (Jim), Fern Lerwick (Royce), Rod Nelson (Traci), Laura Barnhurst, Susan Barnhurst Johnston (Jim), Kristen Barnhurst, Jay Barnhurst, and Rebecca Barnhurst Johnson (Phillip).

She was preceded in death by her loving parents and siblings, two brothers and four sisters, and three children, her baby boy Scotty, Beverly Cady (Mike), and Kevin Barnhurst (Richard), and a grandson.

Her family would like to thank Home Care and Heartwood Hospice for the compassionate care given to their mother.

A viewing will be held on Friday, August 9, 2019 from 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm at Larkin Sunset Gardens, 1950 East Dimple Dell Road (10600 South), Sandy, UT.   Services will be held Saturday, August 10, 2019 at 10:30 am at the Butler West Stake, 1845 East 7200 South.  A viewing will be held from 9:00 am to 10:00 am prior to the services.



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  • Dear Barnhurst Family,

    I was saddened to hear of Aunt Madge’s passing, but take comfort in the fact that she lived a good, long life surrounded with a big, beautiful family.

    I will miss her sweet spirit and laugh. I will always remember her kindness and love – especially after my first baby was born. She and Uncle Jay came over to visit me and bring a gift. I have fond memories of our visits to her house when we were young, and all the fun times we had at reunions.

    Sending my love and sincere condolences for your loss.


    Charlotte Fife-Jepperson

    — Charlotte Fife-Jepperson
  • Dear Barnhursts,
    Rosamond Elementary teachers love Rebecca, so we can understand just how awesome her mom must have been. I’m sorry for your loss but grateful for the gospel that teaches us that we’ll see our loved ones again.

    — Susan

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