O'DONNELL, Madge Lucille "Tadge"|
Madge Lucille "Tadge" O'Donnell expired in Palestine, Texas April 13, 2014. She leaves this world, we pray, to love, volunteer, garden and make cinnamon rolls in another one. She was born January 28, 1925 on her grandparent's farm/vineyard near Brenham, Texas to Carl John George Niederauer and Beatrice Jones Niederaur. She was preceded in death by her parents; brother, Carl Niederauer Jr.; sister, Mildred Land; and husband W.C. "Bill" O'Donnell Sr. She is survived by a daughter, Kathy Lucille O'Donnell of Port Aranas; son, W.C. "Chuck" O'Donnell Jr. and wife Ande of Kerrville; and son, Gary O'Donnell and wife Julie of Palestine, Texas. She is also survived by five grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.
Tadge graduated from Austin High School and attended the University of Texas during World War II and also worked at Scarborough's Department store in downtown Austin. As the war came to an end she married her high school sweetheart Bill O'Donnell. Together they raised their family in Beaumont, Texas and Tulsa, Oklahoma. Upon Bill's retirement in 1980 they moved to Georgetown. Health issues caused her to leave Georgetown in 2007.
Some take from life and some give. Tadge was a giver--- to her family, friends, and community. She volunteered everywhere. PTA, Halloween carnivals, concession stands and beginning in 1970 in her local hospitals. She logged thousands of hours at St. Francis Hospital in Tulsa, where she sometimes worked five days a week. She then moved to Georgetown and worked thousands more hours. She also volunteered at the Visitor's Center, Historical Society, First United Methodist Church and Wesleyfest.
She took great pride in the role the Georgetown Hospital Auxiliary (Volunteers) played in the "people business" of hospital service and in their regular financial support of scholarships and new facilities. While Tadge loved gardening and flowers we believe she would most want to be honored for her giving and we request that in lieu of flowers a gift to the Georgetown Hospital Auxiliary or another charity be considered.
Tadge's family will remember her in a private gathering.
Published in Austin American-Statesman from Apr. 16 to Apr. 18, 2014