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Kenny Brothers Funeral Directors

3600 West 95Th Street, Evergreen Park, IL

OBITUARY

Mrs. Erma Jean Madden

February 19, 1943November 8, 2019
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Erma Jean Madden was born on February 19, 1943 to Mae Lela Golden in Cary, Mississippi. In her teenage years, like most of her contemporaries, she migrated North for a better life. Her first stop was Detroit, Michigan. She professed her life to Christ at an early age and was a very active member of Hartzell Memorial United Methodist Church until her health declined. Serving in several capacities such as the Senior Usher Board, Pastor Parish Relations and most recently Class Leaders and the Van Ministry. After graduating high school in 1963, she moved to Chicago and worked in various occupations. With stops at Lake City Laundry and Stifel Lamps, Erma was a quiet and reserved lady who made friends with everyone. In 1966, she married Nick Madden Jr. (which she shared the same birth date and year) and enjoyed 53 years of marital bliss.

At an early age, Erma developed a love for children and their well-being. Erma was a home daycare provider for over 30 years. Her love for children and providing them with home-cooked meals in a loving environment made her a legend in her neighborhood. Erma was also known for making a “mean” sweet potato pie. In retirement, Erma assumed the responsibility of providing round the clock care for her mother. This was the tradition of the Goldens, for they were a people who took care of their own. Preceding Erma in death were her mother: Mae Lela Turner; grandparents: James and Magnolia Golden; and brother: Barney Butler. Erma departed this life on November 8, 2019. She leaves to cherish her loving memory, her husband Nick Madden Jr; daughter: Leda Roshelle Madden; son: James Lamont Madden; grandson: Joshua Jerrell Andrews; great-granddaughter: Taulia Andrews; Sisters-in-Law: Bessie Petty and Katie Wells and a dear friend of over 50 years: Patricia Moore; and a host of relatives and friends.

Exodus 20:12 “Honor your father and your mother, so that you may live long in the land the LORD your God is giving you."

Proverbs 22:6 "Start children off on the way they should go, and even when they are old they will not turn from it."

Revelation 21:4 "He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death’ or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.”

Services

  • Visitation Wednesday, November 20, 2019
  • Wake Thursday, November 21, 2019
  • Funeral Thursday, November 21, 2019
  • Interment Thursday, November 21, 2019

Memories

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Tiffany Trice

November 17, 2019

I am grateful to the Lord for allowing me the opportunity to meet my Aunt Erma and family a few years ago. My grandmother Etta Frye and Baby Ray (Aunt Erma's mom) were sisters. I was double blessed when Aunt Erma and Leda came to my home and Aunt Erma got to see my daddy, Clifford of whom she had not seen since he was a teen. Aunt Erma. was not on a lady of class but also dignity. She truly lived the scripture honored her mother and left an example, a proud example to many generations. Praying for the Madden family that the Lord give you strength in the loss of your wife, mother and grandmother.

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Erma as a baby

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Mom, Nonnie and Sonny

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The High School Graduate

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Ready to Paint the town

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Erma as a baby

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Mom, Nonnie and Sonny

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The High School Graduate

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Ready to Paint the town

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Goofing around with her Brother in Law, Steve

Biography

Erma Jean Madden was born on February 19, 1943 to Mae Lela Golden in Cary, Mississippi.
In her teenage years, like most of her contemporaries, she migrated North for a better life.
Her first stop was Detroit, Michigan.

She professed her life to Christ at an early age and was a very active member of Hartzell Memorial United Methodist Church until her health declined. Serving in several capacities such as the Senior Usher Board, Pastor Parish Relations and most recently Class Leaders and the Van Ministry.
After graduating high school in 1963, she moved to Chicago and worked in various occupations. With stops at Lake City Laundry and Stiffel Lamps, Erma was a quiet and reserved lady who made friends with everyone. In 1966, she married Nick Madden Jr. (which she shared the same birthdate and year) and enjoyed 53 years of marital bliss.

At an early age, Erma developed a love for children and their well-being. Erma was a home daycare provider for over 30 years. Her love for children and providing them with home-cooked meals in a loving environment made her a legend in her neighborhood. Erma was also known for making a “mean” sweet potato pie. In retirement, Erma assumed the responsibility of providing round the clock care for her mother. This was the tradition of the Goldens, for they were a people who took care of their own.

Preceding Erma in death were her mother: Mae Lela Turner; grandparents: James and Magnolia Golden; and brother: Barney Butler.
Erma departed this life on November 8, 2019. She leaves to cherish her loving memory, her husband Nick Madden Jr; daughter: Leda Roshelle Madden; son: James Lamont Madden; grandson: Joshua Jerrell Andrews; great-granddaughter: Taulia Andrews; Sisters-in-Law: Bessie Petty and Katie Wells and a dear friend of over 50 years: Patricia Moore; and a host of relatives and friends.