Madalyn Gardenour, 88

Madalyn Janelle Gardenour, 88, Fort Wayne, formerly of Wabash, died at 8:40 a.m., Saturday, May 3, at her home in Fort Wayne. She was born Sept. 27, 1925 in Millgrove, to Ernest and Vera (Bush) DeBatty.

She was a 1943 graduate of Huntington Township High School. She married Don O. Gardenour on June 22, 1946.  She retired from General Tire in Wabash and also worked at Vernon Manor Childrens Home for 14 years.  Madalyn was a member of the Wabash Alliance Church, and A.A.R.P.  She enjoyed working and was a volunteer driver for Meals on Wheels several years.  She and her husband Don lived at 583 Columbus Street in Wabash 57 years. 

She is survived by her husband, Don O. Gardenour, Fort Wayne; three children, Peggy (Byron) Taylor, LaPorte, Rosalee (Bill) Blevins, Fort Wayne, and Kent Gardenour, Chicago, Ill.; daughter-in-law, Rebecca Gardenour, New Albany; seven grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren, and her sister, Janein Emley, Andrews. She was preceded in death by her parents and her son, Leonard Gardenour.

Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday, May 8, at Grandstaff-Hentgen Funeral Service, 1241 Manchester Ave. Wabash with Rev. Don Mitchell officiating.  Burial will be in Friends Cemetery, Wabash.  Friends may call from 5-7 p.m. Wednesday, and one hour prior to service Thursday at the funeral home.

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Posted on 2014 May 05