Florence McMahon
1938 - 2021

McMahon, Florence (Guelker)

MONONA - Florence McMahon went home to be with the Lord on Feb. 16, 2021, while surrounded by her family, after fighting a courageous battle with cancer.

Florence was born on Jan. 8, 1938, in the town of Howe in Oconto County, Wis., which was part of the Menominee Native American Nation. Her parents, Mylen and Deloris Guelker, were share crop farmers with her grandparents. Later, the family, which included a brother, Marshall, moved to Gillett, Wis., where Marshall and Florence attended school. Florence graduated from high school in 1955 and immediately entered the Green Bay School of Cosmetology. She graduated and began practicing in Cecil, Wis.

In 1958, Florence married James McMahon, and they moved to Madison so Jim could finish his degree in civil engineering at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. For the next three years she was employed at Barons on the Square to support her husband and herself.

In November 1961, Florence gave birth to daughter, Beth, and in March 1964, to daughter, Stephanie. The family then purchased the first of four homes in Monona, where Florence and Jim lived happily for the next 60 years. Both daughters attended Monona schools and graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

It was very important to Florence that people around her felt provided for and loved. Throughout her lifetime she housed and cared for women who needed support to complete their educations or otherwise make it on their own. One such young lady who asked for a place to stay for two weeks lived with Florence for over two years. Florence also served in Hospital Hospitality, a group that provided people in need with lodging, food, and transportation so that they could come to the UW Hospital for treatment.

Florence and Jim were strong believes in Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior and fervently supported their church, missionaries, and other organizations of believers. Florence had no doubt as to where she would spend eternity.

Florence is survived by her husband, Jim; daughters, Beth (Jeff Brown) and Stephanie (Chris Bartley); and granddaughter, Paige Bartley.

A celebration of life will be held at CITY CHURCH on Friday, Feb. 26, with visitation at 12 p.m. and a funeral at 2 p.m. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to Agrace HospiceCare.

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Published by Madison.com on Feb. 21, 2021.
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Dennis and I extend our sincere sympathy on the death of Florence. She was such a blessing to us!
Cheri Schmidt
February 26, 2021
I lived next door to the McMahon family on Winnequah Road. I remember Florence´s smiles and her positive attitude. My condolences to Jim, Stephanie and Beth.
Juli OLeary Hillebrand
February 22, 2021
Spent alot of time in the McMahon home during my elementary years. My heart goes out to James, Beth and Stephanie.
Terri Wunschel
February 21, 2021
Florence your smile and love spoke loudly in everything you did. You were down to earth and filled with Gods love. I´ve so missed seeing you and Jim at City Church this past year. Now your smile is streaming across heaven. I´ll always remember you inviting our whole family with 4 small children over for supper. Your fresh peach dessert was the best. Thank you Florence for being you!
Cheri Schmidt
February 21, 2021