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Madeleine Poston


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Madeleine Poston Obituary
Poston, Madeleine
1921 - 2017
Madeleine "Geege" Poston, was born September 14, 1921 in Shanghai, China to Margaret Ollerdessen Wootten and Gerald Owen Wootten, who along with her sister Benneta and many special cousins preceded her in death. Geege left us on Wednesday, July 26, 2017 after living a long, full life. Her maternal ancestors helped to open the treaty port of Shanghai in the 1840's and the family was an integral part of the Shanghai community for 100 years. In 1941, as the Japanese, who had invaded China in 1931, were closing in on Shanghai, Geege left by steamship to escape the war in China and join her father in America. On her way, she landed in Manila on December 7, 1941. Early the next morning (December 7 in Hawaii), after receiving word that Pearl Harbor had been attacked, the ship left Manila without its passengers to avoid being commandeered by the Japanese. (Manila was also bombed that day). After confronting the end of the world as she knew it, Geege was left to spend the duration of the war in Manila. She worked for a while for the US Army, and when the troops withdrew to Bataan and Corrigador, she and the other Allied non-combatants were interned at the University of Santo Tomas as prisoners of the Japanese for the duration of the war. She considered her time as a prisoner in Santo Tomas to be her "college" education. After her liberation by the US Army in February, 1945, following a very brief courtship, she married Elias (Mac) Poston, an officer in the 37th Division, of the Ohio National Guard and a resident of Columbus, Ohio. They settled in Columbus where she raised four surviving sons, John (Lynne), Carl (Eleanore Hunter), George, and David (Betty Welsh) Poston. She is also survived by her grandchildren, Margaret (John) Northup, John D. Jr. (Amanda) Poston, Sarah (Corey) Tilson, Emily (Robert) Linville, Ryan, Dylan (Ashley Strauser), and Bayley Poston; and six great-grandchildren, Ellie and Anders Northup, Madeleine Reese Poston and Suzie, Avery and Bethany Linville. Also surviving are her cousins, Jean Schuster and Marge Gallop; three daughters-in-law, Sherry, Laurie and Connie; devoted nieces, Chary Caren, Therese Poston, Missy Partridge; as well as many other nephews and nieces; and her dear friend, Doris Plaine. Geege made many friends during her many years working at the Bexley Public Library, and her years living in Bexley and at Westminster Thurber Community. She was a gifted artist who survived prison camp by drawing portraits of other internees and created beautiful watercolors and sketches of her surroundings. She wrote her biography MY UPSIDE DOWN WORLD because so many people were interested in her life story. The book is a true gift in preserving her voice for her family for generations to come. She was a beloved matriarch who truly showed her love for her family through her every action. She was the voice of calm, reason, and quiet humor. It will be our challenge to find our way without her. The Family would like to express their thanks to the devoted staff at Westminster Thurber and her wonderful caregivers at Westminster and Griswold Home Care. A Memorial Service will be held in September with the date and time to be announced later in the Chapel at Westminster Thurber Retirement Community, 717 Neil Avenue, Columbus, OH 43215. Contributions in Madeleine Poston's memory may be made to the Bexley Public Library, 2411 E. Main St., Bexley, OH 43209 or to the Central Ohio Chapter of Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, 575 Copeland Mill Rd.; Suite 1A, Westerville, OH 43081
Please visit www.schoedinger.com to share a favorite memory of Madeleine "Geege" Poston. Arrangements by SCHOEDINGER MIDTOWN CHAPEL, 229 E. State Street, Columbus, OH 43215.
Published in The Columbus Dispatch from July 29 to July 31, 2017
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