Madlyn Cheryl Brouillette(1946 - 2014)

The angels carried Madlyn Cheryl Brouillette home to be with her Heavenly Father and to join her sons, mother and many friends in heaven on Monday, May 19, 2014. Celebration of life: 2 p.m. Sunday, June 15, at Bellevue Presbyterian Church in Bellevue, Wash. Memorials: In lieu of flowers, we suggest a donation to Cancer Patient and Family Needs Fund, care of Evergreen Health Foundation, 12040 128th St., MS #5, Kirkland, Wash. 98034-3098; or The Madlyn Brouillette Memorial Scholarship KEYES Learning Center, 1100 Raider Drive, Euless, Texas 76040. Madlyn was 67 years old and lived in Bellevue, Wash., with her husband, Joe. She died of cancer under the gentle care of the Evergreen Hospice Center in Kirkland, Wash. Madlyn was born in Alhambra, Calif., on Aug. 15, 1946, to loving parents Richard and Leona DeWolf. She was the middle child with older Brother Douglas and younger Brother David all growing up in Southern California. She went to school in Southern California and worked for AT&T where she met her beloved Joe whom she married in 1973 in Orange, Calif. They soon had a full house with the growth of their family adding Kris, Joshua and Logan during their early days together in Southern California. They located to Bedford in February 1983 and began what was a 28-year adventure in the Lone Star State. Madlyn remained a stay-at-home mom until the children were into high school. She then went back to school and earned a bachelor degree in history from the University of North Texas and a master's degree in educational administration from the University of Texas at Austin. She began a lengthy and very rewarding career in education as a teacher and as an educational diagnostician for the HEB School District in Bedford, Texas. She was well regarded in her field and was selected Teacher of the Year in the HEB school system in 2002, along with numerous other awards and designations. Her love was always kids and especially those with special needs. One of her most enjoyable assignments was the time she spent as a teacher at the KEYES Learning Center, a school devoted to the needs of special education students. In early 2009 the family moved to Bellevue, Wash., and Madlyn quickly got involved with the school system serving as a substitute teacher at various campuses, a teacher at Redmond High School and most recently as a coach and mentor for special education teachers at Meadow Crest Early Learning Center in Renton, Wash. Her foremost focus went to her children and grandchildren, always the "Best Gramma" she could be and always there to lend a helping hand and give a loving hug. She left a legacy of caring and love and is survived by countless friends and associates. Madlyn was loved by many. She was predeceased by her mother, Leona DeWolf (1993); and sons, Joshua Ethan Brouillette (1996) and Logan William Brouillette (2006). Survivors: Her husband of 40 years, Joe Brouillette of Bellevue, Wash.; daughter, Kristin and husband, Jon Esteve, of Gaston, Ore.; daughter, Catherine and husband, Matthew Hopper, of Johnson City, Tenn.; grandchildren, Grayson, Porter and Maxwell Esteve, Logan, Easton and Nolan Hopper; father, Richard DeWolf of Kirkland, Wash.; brother, Douglas DeWolf, and wife, Carol, of Coeur d'Alene, Idaho; brother, David DeWolf and wife, Carrie, of Placerville, Calif.; nephew, Scott DeWolf and wife, Jennifer, of Cour d'Alene, Idaho; niece, Melissa and husband, Joe Cutler, of Cour d'Alene, Idaho; numerous friends; and her dog, Buford.

Published in Star-Telegram on June 8, 2014