Madeline J. Spooner

March 20, 1930June 10, 2021

Madeline June Spooner, 91, passed away June 10, 2021. A visitation will be held at Ankeny Funeral Home on Tuesday, June 15, from 10 – 11 a.m. A graveside service will follow at Elkhart Cemetery.

Madeline Blakley was born to John and Dorothy Blakley (Vance) on March 20, 1930 in Mahaska County, Iowa.

Madeline was 1 of 8 children and soon realized she would begin working at a young age. Mom started her career working at Kresge’s Dime Store in downtown Des Moines, Iowa.

She met Robert Spooner at a dance at Polk City VFW. They both loved to dance, which was a joy they passed onto their children. They soon realized it was meant to be, wedding on October 17, 1951. Madeline next job would be a full-time housewife and mother to 5 children; Robert, Russell, Debra, Rebecca, and Roger, which kept Madeline and Robert very busy.

Once the youngest child started school Madeline learned how to drive and began working away from the home at Ankeny’s Best Western Inn from where she later retired.

Madeline loved to cook for her family and events. Madeline’s other passion was canning tomatoes during the summer and during her stay at The Bridges at Ankeny, shared her knowledge of canning tomatoes and enjoyed many personal relationships with staff members. Madeline was always willing to share recipes and help others (especially Debbie) on how to cook, with endless patience. Madeline belong to the local Merry Makers Club. They supported the local farming community during farm sales and many fund raisers. She also enjoyed reading, coloring, circle word books, and watching the birds at her bird feeder.

Madeline is preceded in death by her husband Robert Spooner, her parents John and Dorothy Blakley, Her in-laws Marion and Lucille Spooner and her brothers, Charlie, Frank, and Steve, and sister Marge.

Madeline is survived by her children Bobby (Jeannie), Russell (Dianna), Deb, Becky (Fred Allgood), and Roger. Grand children David, Shane, Jessica and Wyatt Spooner. Sisters Ramona Crabtree and Natoma Albert (Toni) and, brother Fred (Buck) Blakley; sisters-in-law, Barb Spooner Duncan and Carol Blakley; as well as many nieces, nephews, and cousins.

Memorial contributions for Madeline Spooner can be addressed to the family for later distribution.


  • the Family for Later Distribution


  • Visitation

    Tuesday, June 15, 2021

  • Graveside Service

    Tuesday, June 15, 2021


Madeline J. Spooner

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Debra Twardokus

June 14, 2021

Oh I remember Madeline at all the ball games and working w/her at Best Western. Praying for all the family for strength, peace and comfort in the coming days.

Todd Major

June 13, 2021

Sending prayers to the Spooner family on your mom's passing. She was a great lady and will be missed. Take care.

Carolyn Sears

June 13, 2021

I remember her at the ball field watching Bob play fast pitch softball - with their kids running around playing and having fun. Those were special years for so many of us as families. I always thought she was such a beautiful lady with a special smile. Prayers for her family as they go on without her.