Nancy Madden

Died: Wed., Jul. 18, 2012


Memorial Service

10:00 AM Tue., Jul. 24, 2012
Location: Messiah Lutheran


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Nancy Sevier Madden, 92, died Wed., July 18, at the Rush County Nursing Home, LaCrosse. She was born May 19th, 1920, to William Joseph and Marena (Sevier) Madden, at the family home in Hays where she was living until May.  

She graduated from Hays High in 1937 and from the University of Missouri School of Journalism in 1941. She also attended Lindenwood College, also in Missouri; Kansas State University; and Goucher College, Baltimore, MD. She spent most of her adult life in the advertising business in Washington, DC, and returned to Hays in 2004.

Both of her parents were descendants of the Tennessee Seviers. In 1961, at the suggestion of the secretary of the East Tennessee Historical Society, she and her aunt, Cora Bales Sevier, published the Sevier Family History. The Nashville Banner judged it “a masterpiece.” It is now in the process of the third printing, and plans are in progress to publish a Supplement volume. She continued to answer genealogical inquiries until the past two months. She was Honorary Historian for the Sevier Family Association, which has sponsored a semiannual reunion in Tennessee for many years.  

She tended, and enjoyed, the many trees and flowering plants in her yard, the pine trees planted by  brothers Bill and Pat, the tulips planted by sister Mollie, her mother’s lilacs, iris and peonies, and the fragrant little-leaf linden tree transplanted by her father from near the long-gone barn north of the house to just outside the back door. She spent numerous summer days cultivating a grove of walnut trees on family property in rural Ellis County.

While living in Washington, D.C., she developed a habit of walking and never owned a car. After returning to Hays, she continued a regular exercise routine, going three times a week to the Center for Health Improvement at Hays Medical Center. She had been a skilled swimmer, surviving a shipwreck in August of 1955 in which the restored sailing schooner, Levin J. Marvel, was caught by Hurricane Connie while on a cruise in the Chesapeake Bay. Fourteen of the 27 people aboard were lost.

She was a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution, joining the local  Courtney-Spaulding Chapter in 1972, and serving as Historian. She was a member of the Messiah Lutheran Church, Hays.

Survivors include a sister, Marina “Lodi” Hiatt, Louisville, KY; five nephews, William J. Madden III, Topeka; Timothy Madden, Topeka; Arthur Madden, Sabetha; Thomas Hiatt, Pipe Creek, TX; and John Madden, Wichita; six nieces, Mary Schroeder, Arvada, CO; Adele Shaver, Hays; Amy Hiatt, Port Townsend, WA; Eve Hiatt, Louisville, KY; Pamela Truman, Hays; and Lisa Madden, Hutchinson.

She was preceded in death by three brothers, Edward F. Madden, William J. Madden II, M.D., and Patrick A. Madden; three sisters, Mollie Madden, Alice Bogren, and Susan Gittings; and two nephews, Edward F. “Eddie” Madden and Edward A. Madden.  

Memorial Services are scheduled for 10 a.m. Tuesday, at the Messiah Lutheran Church, burial in the Mount Allen Cemetery, Hays. Memorials are suggested to the church or to the donor’s choice.

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Tom Miller
   Posted Fri July 20, 2012
Condolences to the family of Nancy Sevier Madden. She was a remarkable woman. She served as historian of the Sevier family for many years. She was co-author of the book SEVIER FAMILY HISTORY with the Letters of Gen. John Sevier. She will be missed!

Karla Endecott
   Posted Thu August 02, 2012
I am heartbroken to find that Nancy had died. She was very dear to my heart.

Virginia Black
   Posted Thu January 03, 2013
I have just found this obituary while in the process of trying to locate Nancy. She and my Mother were college friends and lifelong friends. Nancy was my Godmother. We lost track of each other after my Mother passed away. I hope her death was peaceful. She was such a huge influence on my life and I'm sorry I didn't get to see her before she died. Best wishes to all of her family ...

edwina dyes
   Posted Fri April 04, 2014
I was saddened to recently learn of Nancy's passing. I had relocated from Texas to Colo, in 2010 and had enjoyed meeting her met her at a Sevier reunions some years ago.Thanks to her for all the research.

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