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Madge (Margaret) Tatum Hussey

January 24, 1946 - February 1, 2012

Madge Tatum Hussey was born in Portland, Oregon on January 24, 1946. One of four children born to Lofton and Marge Tatum, she attended Lincoln High School in Portland, and spent her summers on the Oregon Coast at Neskowin. There she developed a love for the ocean, the outdoors and horses. She also attended and later counseled at Camp Tamarack near Sisters, Oregon. She attended Scripps College in Claremont, California, graduating in 1967. Shortly thereafter, she married Gary Severson and together they had two boys, Matthew Severson and Robert Severson. In 1975, she married John Hussey, a lawyer in Los Angeles, and they moved to the Palos Verdes Peninsula where they have lived for 37 years. John had three children from a prior marriage, John Borden Hussey, Suzanne Sajjadi and Janet Brisky and they melded their family of five children. Madge devoted her energies and love to caring for the blended family. At the same time she was actively involved in Junior League of Los Angeles, including heading up the league's victim assistance program in cooperation with the District Attorney's office in Compton. She was devoted to the children's activities, including children's theatre. She served as president of the drama boosters club at Palos Verdes High School. As the children were growing up she created a home away from home in Sunriver, Oregon for skiing and summer recreation. In later years, after John's retirement, the couple established a home on the Oregon Coast in Manzanita Oregon. Madge was a loving Granny to 10 wonderful grandchildren and beloved Auntie Madge to her nieces and nephews. When her children were on their own she served as wedding coordinator for the Wayfarers Chapel on the coast in Palos Verdes for a number of years. She developed a strong interest in native plants and attended the landscape architecture school at Cal Poly Pomona. With her son Robert, she founded a native plants landscaping design business. She brought energy, spirit, joy and love to all of her activities and relationships. In September 2011 she was diagnosed with a cancerous brain tumor. After surgery, chemotherapy and radiation, she succumbed to the illness on February 1, 2012. She is survived by her husband and five children, her 10 grandchildren, her brother, John Tatum and his wife, Constance (Bloomfield Hills, Michigan), her brother, Bill and his wife, Linda (Phoenix, Arizona) and her sister, Melany and her husband, Duncan (Otis, Oregon). She will be missed by all who had the good fortune to know her and to be the recipient of her love, her caring and her insatiable desire to make life magical for children. Private family memorial services will be held in Manzanita, Oregon. Please sign the guestbook
at www.dailybreeze.com/obits.
Published in Daily Breeze on Feb. 4, 2012
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