Madge Elizabeth Wallace, 95, died peacefully on June 9, 2013, at the home of her daughter in Longmont, Colo. The youngest of five girls, she was born in Cameron, Okla., on April 1, 1918, to John and Lena Hill. She married Stephen B. Wallace on March 1, 1940, and enjoyed 51 years of marriage until his death in 1991.
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Madge is survived by two daughters, Patricia (Jeff) Wilkes of Erie, Colo., and Barbara (Bruce) Carmichael of Longmont, Colo.; five grandchildren, Elizabeth (Wayne) Strader of Greensboro, N.C., Stephen (Crista) Wilkes of Everett, Wash., Michael Wilkes of Everett, Wash., Patrick (Lisa) Carmichael of Arvada, Colo., and Amanda Carmichael of Longmont, Colo.; seven great-grandchildren, Andrew Lehner, Angela, Kimberly, Lee, Thomas and Laura Strader, and Jameson Wilkes; one nephew, Jim Thomason of Abilene, Texas, and one niece, Norma Huddleston of Katy, Texas.
She was a resident of Alamogordo from 1967 to 1999 before moving to Longmont. She had a master's degree from New Mexico State University and worked as a reading teacher on the Mescalero Indian Reservation.
She served as president of the Tularosa Teachers Association in the late 1970s. After retiring from the Tularosa Public Schools in 1984, she volunteered for many local charity organizations. In Longmont, she was an active participant at the Senior Citizens Center and served as president of the Longmont AARP. She also was an active political campaigner for the Republican Party. She was fun-loving and liked to travel, taking trips to Europe, Israel, New Zealand, Australia and Alaska. Her last trip was to Maui when she was 92.
Madge was a faithful Christian who lived a life of service to God and others, entertaining strangers, sharing with her neighbors, volunteering in service organizations, teaching children, visiting and writing letters to the sick, caring for her dying sisters and husband and brightening the lives of everyone she ever met with a friendly smile and a cheerful word. She freely expressed her opinion, especially her love of God and the truth of His Word.
A graveside service will be held on Friday, June 14, at 9:30 a.m. at Monte Vista Cemetery in Alamogordo. A memorial service in Longmont will be held on Monday, June 24, at 6 p.m. at the Pratt Parkway Christians building, 1601 S. Pratt Parkway. A reception will follow at the home of her daughter, Barb Carmichael.
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The Wallace family has entrusted their loved one to the care of Hamilton-O'Dell Funeral Home to direct the graveside service.
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Published in Alamogordo Daily News from June 12 to June 19, 2013