The tribute below was written last summer. For some reason, it never was published. In her memory, I am publishing it today. Madge was one of God's greatest gifts in my life. She was a friend, sister, and mother to me in every way. "I thank my God upon every remembrance of her".
Madge Morgan Blackwell came into my life in the summer of 1981. She is a dear lady who sang in the choir along with her husband, Tullie. One of her favorite sayings is "what you see is what you get". In other words, Madge is always just Madge and never pretends to be something that she isn't. She is a very warm and loving Christian lady.
Her chosen profession was that of hair dresser and her shop was a happy place in the community. She loved her customers and made them feel special. It was a happy place to drop in for a visit.
Madge loves to cook and I love to bend her ear about how to prepare certain dishes. You can always find something cooked or in progress if you happen to drop by. She loves her kitchen, loves to share her wonderful food, and give tips to help others with cooking.
Once I moved away from that place of service, Madge's home became my second home when I went back to visit. One of her extra bedrooms became "my room" whenever it was needed or wanted. All it took was a phone call to let her know that I was on the way. During one hot summer, the air conditioning went out in her house and we spent a week sleeping in her motor home. We still laugh about that.
Upon the death of my first husband, I found myself unable to stay in my own home. Madge told me to pack my bag and come to her house. It was there that I stayed for a month until I was able to manage on my own again.
There were many times when Madge and I would go off on a shopping trip. We talked, laughed, and had wonderful times together. If one observed us, they might think we were sisters or a mother and daughter.
Madge has always listened, encouraged, and accepted me just as I am. She has been such a wonderful blessing in my life. I am so thankful for the gift of her friendship but most of all for her unconditional love.