Frank W. Wilson Funeral Directors

4635 Oakwood Drive, Odessa, TX


Wylma Faye Madden

May 2, 1935April 22, 2020

Wylma Faye Mercer was the 11th of 12 children when she was born at home on the family farm in Roff, Oklahoma on May 2, 1935. Her family moved from Oklahoma to California to Texas affected by the Great Depression and World War II. They settled on a Texas farm near Colorado City, and her father owned grocery stores which helped her large family survive during the rations of the time. She was valedictorian of Loraine High School and was a UIL winner in Ready Writing, Speech, and Shorthand. Along with her intelligent mind, her beautiful face and tall stature caught the attention of Billy Dean Madden, a strapping young college football player who was about to start Physical Therapy training at UT Medical branch in Galveston, Texas. They fell for each other too quickly and married much too soon which somehow grew to a 63 plus year marriage at the time of her surprising death on April, 22, 2020, only 10 days shy of her 85th birthday. Bill and Wylma Madden moved to Odessa, Texas which had been a hotspot for polio in 1958 to start his practice of Physical Therapy at the Crippled Children’s Center. He continued as the Center grew to the West Texas Rehabilitation Center and began a private practice as the only private provider of P.T. in Odessa for many years. A homemaker who became a big fan of Mojo and the Friday Night Lights and all things Odessa, Wylma raised 3 sons - Gary Dean, William Michael and Bradley Lamar while volunteering for many wonderful causes. She was an active and sustaining member of the Junior League of Odessa. She was President of the Mother’s Club, Vice-President of the Odessa Country Club Women’s Association, served on the Symphony Guild, Milk Association, Heart Association, March of Dimes and continued to organize and help with multiple Bridge Clubs and Bible Studies including BSF and Women’s Ministries. She lived by some old school principles like, “If you can’t say anything nice, say nothing at all” and “If a job is worth doing, it’s worth doing well”. While teaching her children to love God through Bible stories and songs, she also taught by example being the kind, comforting always supportive Mom volunteering to be room mother in Elementary School, Cotillion and Band sponsor in Junior High and the ultimate summer tennis Mom traveling across Texas for tournaments for her children. Her love for music and movies spread to her children. One of her sons plays guitar and sings as his church worship leader, one plays guitar and piano and had his own band, and the third performed in musical theater. She and the family developed lasting memories with water skiing and tennis in the summer and snow skiing in the Winter including a fabulous tradition of a February adult only ski trip with dear friends to Aspen, Colorado for 19 years in a row. While those busy years of youth were eventful and exciting, her finest chapter may have been becoming a Grandmother to 8 Grandchildren. Known as “Mema Mojo”, she somehow had developed the wisdom and patience to put all her intelligence, kindness and energy into being the Grandparent every child deserves. She loved with time, sacrifice, gifts, food, generosity, encouragement, hospitality, and acceptance in her laid back manner which made every child certain in their significance to her and to God. She has been deeply blessed with strong friendships in Odessa - couples who have raised their kids and grandkids together, who have played Bridge and golf by day and dominoes by night, who have traveled to Branson and senior golf tournaments and have had to support each other as they lose these friendships to Alzheimer’s and death. The beauty of West Texas was alive and well in Wylma Faye Madden. She loved greatly and was greatly loved. She leaves behind her husband, Bill D. Madden of Odessa, Texas, sons Dr. Gary Madden with wife Shauna of Midland, Texas -their 3 children, Lindsey Parker and husband Christian of Dallas, Texas, Natalie Stephens and husband Scott of Midland, Texas, Meredith Sauer and husband Evan of Dallas, Texas; Michael Madden with wife Stephanie of Austin, Texas - their 3 children, Monica Fielding and husband Jimmy of Rockport, Texas, April Reed and husband Skylar of Fort Worth, Texas, Myles Madden of Austin, Texas; Brad Madden of Austin, Texas- his 2 children, Madisson Madden of Frisco, Texas, and Elliotte Madden of College Station, Texas, and their mother, Kathy Madden of Cedar Park, Texas. She has one surviving brother, Joe Mercer and wife, Shirley of San Angelo, Texas. She loved bragging about her 11 great-grandchildren. A good tree produced good fruit. Due to her untimely death in the time of the Corona virus pandemic, a celebration of life will be delayed.


  • Services will be held at a later date


Wylma Faye Madden

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Jim and Lyn Miller

April 28, 2020

To Dr. Gary Madden and family:

We are saddened by the death of your Mother. Loosing a dear family member is hard to bear, especially during this time of the Coronavirus pandemic. From her picture and information, she must have been a wonderful person who had a full and rich life. We want to extend our sincere sympathy to you at this time.

Jim and Lyn Miller

Jimmy and Kathy Nunley

April 26, 2020

So sorry for the loss of your beautiful Wylma. She was like part of our family for close to 50 years. You're in our thoughts and prayers and in our hearts! Prayers for God's comfort, strength and peace!
Love Jimmy and Kathy

Mary Jo and Bob Donahy

April 26, 2020

We are so very sorry for your loss and send our thoughts and prayers of comfort to all. We know Wylma will be dearly missed.

Glenda Walker Wright

April 26, 2020

I loved Wilma although I had not seen her in a while. I loved taking care of Gary and later William, when Wilma played cards on Tuesdays and you went out on the weekends. I remember one day when Bill threatened one of the kids that if they didn’t behave that night I would spank them and Gary popped up with “Uh uh Daddy , she might say she will but she won’t.” I had to spank Gary that night because he won’t leave the stereo alone. Broke my heart. Those boys were special to me as was Wilma. So sorry for your loss.

Gregg and Mavely Gibson

April 26, 2020

Such a lovely lady . We are so sorry for your loss. Gregg and Mavely

R Dennis & Diann Alvarado

April 26, 2020

Also so very sorry for Y'all's loss. Our Love, Prayers, Comfort, and most Sincere Condolences to All Y'all's Family and Friends. We do indeed, have the highest Praise and respect for The Madden Family.......

Rest in Peace Faithful Servant:
Wylma Faye Madden. ❤

Linda Fritz

April 25, 2020

Gary, Shauna and family,

What an amazing legacy your beautiful mother began in you! Without a doubt, she is shining down her loving smile on you all as you miss her this side of Heaven. Prayers of comfort, peace and strength as you remember her. I'm sure her celebration of life will be full of joy and love knowing she is dancing before the Savior. God bless you all.

Robert White

April 25, 2020

Bill, Gary, Mike, Brad & family,
I am so sorry for your loss. Please accept my condolences & know that my thoughts and prayers are with you. I’m glad Wylma got to see Gary dance at Dancing with the Stars. Ever since the first time that I met Wylma during the Reagan years, her warm loving smile always made me feel welcome.

Danny Batchelor

April 25, 2020

I remember Mrs. Madden as kind, generous, patient and beautiful. I am so very sorry for the the family’s loss.

Sherry Johnson McCrary

April 24, 2020

Gary, Shauna and family,
I didn’t know your mother, grandmother, great grandmother, but I know you loved her dearly and fully. The pictures Shauna posted today showed this and are so sweet. She was beautiful. My deepest sympathy during this time on your great loss. Made even more so by this crazy pandemic. My prayers are with you and look forward to the day you can celebrate your mother’s life Gary.
Much love to all of you,
Sherry Johnson McCrary


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