Madalyn Mcdonald Cooke

August 14, 1948April 9, 2019

Madalyn Mcdonald Cooke was born on August 14, 1948 and passed away on April 9, 2019.


  • Memorial Service Friday, April 19, 2019
  • Reception Friday, April 19, 2019

Madalyn Mcdonald Cooke

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Darlene Watkins

April 16, 2019

Madalyn reminds me of a piece of Elizabeth Taylor jewelry: exquisite in design and classic in detail. She was a remarkable teacher, incredible person, and a wonderful friend. I was honored to have taught on the same team with her at Mitchell Intermediate. She and I shared a love for the beach and the ferry rides from Aransas Pass to Port Aransas. Such a vitality for life will be a lasting memory of her always. Blessings for her family.

Tena Brackin

April 11, 2019

When you grow up with someone in a small town you get to know them and their families in a special way. Madalyn was very special. She excelled at everything she did and seemed to do it with ease. She was also very thoughtful. I remember in high school she asked me if I needed a ride to church. I didn’t have a car at the time and she would pick me up every Sunday and take me back home. Later in life, after my husband was sent to Viet Nam during the war, she came to visit me when she heard I was back in our home town. It was so good to see her. She also came to visit my classroom when I was teaching in Austin, TX. That was a treat. She was such a good teacher! I was delighted to get some teaching ideas from her. I will miss her. We all will. I can see her smiling at all of us and her beloved family, saying, “I am just fine. I don’t want you to worry. I will be with you always.”
Madalyn, I am thankful for knowing you. I will see you again. My love to you and your family.
Tena Brackin

Linda Traylor

April 10, 2019

There are so many memories with Madelyn that it’s hard to decide what to share! I have wonderful memories of all the parties and Easter Egg Hunts we had at her house when we were in elementary school, and all the great times we had screaming our heads off on the sidelines at the LFHS football games. (She was a cheerleader and I was a twirler. )
But the best memories are from our times that The Fabulous Five (Madelyn, Colleen, Tena, Susie, and I ) got together in our later years. It was such a blessing to realize that in spite of the diverse directions our lives had all taken, how the core values that were instilled in us when we were kids had still remained to bind us all together many years later. There was a special bond between the 5 of us that time and distance couldn’t destroy, and she will be missed horribly when we get together from now on. Watching her fight the good fight that she has over the last dozen years or so was an inspiration to all who knew her, and she will always be a hero in my eyes. All I can really say is that we will all have a Grand Reunion when we all meet again one of these days in Heaven.
My prayers go out to you, Walter, and to her beloved sons. I know there is a huge hole in your hearts but rest assured that her Spirit will always be with you, and she is happy, healed, and dancing on streets of gold right now !!

All my love and many prayers for you.
Linda Traylor