Martha Maddox

12/17/1936 - 04/08/2014 Obituary
Martha Maddox Obituary
Martha E. "Midge" Maddox went to be with her best friend, her Lord and Savior, on April 8, 2014, after a series of long illnesses.
She was preceded in death by her older brother Michael E. Smith Jr., her infant son, John "Jody" Maddox Jr., her father, Michael E. Smith, mother, Martha C. Smith, and sister, Gladys Powell. She is survived by her loving husband of 57 years, John R. Maddox, daughter Leanne (Alan) Gold, son Bradley, grandchildren Max and Hannah Gold, beloved sister Judith Wren, brothers Donald (Linda) and James (Anne) Smith, and honorary grandchildren Alex Banuelos, Jr. (whom she called The Treasure), Christina Becerra, Antonia Cardiel Cardenas, Jamie Caton, Melissa Newton, Sarah and Justin Mattly, and numerous nieces and nephews.
Midge was born on December 17, 1936, in Honolulu, HI, the third of her parents' six children. Her family moved frequently, due to her father's career in the Air Force. They lived in nearly all of the United States. They also lived in Japan for a few years after the Second World War, where Midge became conversant in Japanese and played first-string violin in the Kobe American School Orchestra. Some of her favorite childhood memories took place in Japan, as well as the month-long trip to get there aboard ship. She was the ship's ping-pong champion. She credited her numerous moves throughout childhood for her outgoing personality. She never met a stranger and definitely had the "gift of gab." During her late teen and adult years, she worked as a bookkeeper for a real estate firm in East St. Louis, MO, and later a bank in Pasadena, CA. She quit work to be a homemaker when her first child was born. She was an excellent, loving mother to her three children, as well as a mother/aunt figure to the numerous children who came in and out of her life over the years. She was very involved in church activities, and taught Sunday School and children's church for many years in Stockton, CA. Her children's church was so popular that it grew from an attendance of 20 children when she started it, to 150 within a matter of months, with busses needed to pick up children whose families did not attend church. She treated the children with respect and expected the same from them, and they rarely misbehaved. Midge was an avid gardener and loved the outdoors. She enjoyed painting, and nature walksâ€"especially on the beach, before a serious back injury in mid-life caused her to slow down some. She loved music and singing and had a beautiful alto voice. She was very well-read.She adored her grandchildren and was very active in their lives, even after her health declined. They were her greatest joy.
We would like to thank Alex and Margaret Banuelos and the Lorene's Ranch House family for always being there and giving Mom wonderful friendships and memories, Dr. Todd Farrer for taking her on as a patient and helping her after her stroke, Dr. Harold Baer and his associates, the staff at Davita, and her "angel" dialysis nurse, Chris for the many times she gave her wonderful and loving care during her hospitalizations.
A memorial service for Midge is scheduled on Friday, April 25, 2014, at 3:00 p.m., at Kern River Family Mortuary, 1900 N Chester Ave., Bakersfield, CA 93308.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be given to the .
Published in Bakersfield Californian on Apr. 22, 2014
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