Madeline Sue (Reef) Briscoe
July 24, 1949 – November 9, 2019
Madeline Sue (Reef) Briscoe, age 70, of Wichita, Kansas passed away on Saturday November 9, 2019. Madeline was born July 24, 1949 in Thyer, Missouri to Eleanor Reef and Dorce Reef.
Madeline is survived by; son Charley (Tammy Keene) Reef; step-son Edwin (Samantha) Dye; and step-daughter Caren (Mike) Newell; brother Ricky (Gloria) Reef.
Madeline was preceded in death by; father Dorce Reef and mother Eleanor Reef.
A visitation for Madeline will be held Tuesday, November 19, 2019 from 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM at DeVorss Flanagan-Hunt Mortuary, 201 South Hydraulic, Wichita, KS 67211. A funeral service will occur Wednesday, November 20, 2019 at 10:00 AM, 201 South Hydraulic, Wichita, KS 67211. A graveside service will occur Wednesday, November 20, 2019 at 1:30 PM at White Chapel Memorial Gardens, 1806 N Oliver Ave, Wichita, KS 67208.
Serving as pallbearers are Edwin Dye, Brian Hume, Riley Dye, Jeremy Culver and Charley Reef.
Contributions in Madeline's memory may be made to Phoenix Hospice.
Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at www.Devorssflanaganhunt.com for the Briscoe family.
- Dorce Reef, Father (deceased)
- Eleanor Reef, Mother (deceased)
- Charley (Tammy Keene) Reef, Son
- Edwin (Samantha) Dye, Step-son
- Caren (Mike) Newell, Step-daughter
- Ricky (Gloria) Reef, Brother
- Brian Reef, Nephew
- Crystal (Caleb) Utt, Grandchild
- Ashlynn (Jeremy) Culver, Grandchild
- Kricket (Chase) Duncan, Grandchild
- Cherai Reef, Grandchild
- Stephanie Capps, Grandchild
- Jenifer Dye, Grandchild
- Julia Dye, Grandchild
- E. Riley Dye, Grandchild
- Heather Newell, Grandchild
- Holly Newell, Grandchild
- Heidi Newell, Grandchild
- Josh Newell, Grandchild
- Madeline also leaves behind 14 great grandchildren to cherish her memory.
- Edwin Dye
- Brian Hume
- Riley Dye
- Jeremy Culver
- Calib Utt
- Dino Dagostino
3450 N. Rock Rd. Bldg. #200, Ste 213, Wichita, Kansas 67226
- Visitation Tuesday, November 19, 2019
- Funeral Service Wednesday, November 20, 2019
- Graveside Service Wednesday, November 20, 2019
Madeline Sue (Reef) Briscoe
November 20, 2019
Dear Family, The service this morning was beautiful. Like Caren said Madeline would of lived it.
Madeline loved her family and spoke of all of you often.
We all have good fun memories of Greg & Madeline. They will never be forgotten
Joe & Marilyn Olden
November 18, 2019
Charley and Tammy,
We are so very sorry for your loss. I wish there was something that we could say to make this moment easier, but in truth, the only things that help with the pain are time and silence.
Please know that you are in our thoughts and prayers.
Michael and Hannah
November 18, 2019
Madeline was a very crafty and caring person who loved telling stories. She was was very short and wore tiny shoes that I remember surpassing her size in grade school. If you knew my grandpa Dye you knew how she often had to keep his ornery self in check. Underestimating Madeline because of her size was definitely a mistake, tiny but mighty was a very good way of putting it. When provoked she could instantly transform into a fierce and strong-willed woman not to be messed with.
Madeline had some pretty interesting skills and could sew up a dress, make an intricate quilt or reupholster anything that was stitched with the utmost skill. I was always amazed at the many tools she had and enjoyed sneaking in her workshop to see her in progress projects and get to see what furniture looked like from the inside. She took time teaching me how to sew and quilt, and into adulthood she gave my wife tips to help in our reupholstering and sewing projects. I have many handmade gifts that she made for me and her grandkids that she spent countless hours on including pillows, scarves, embroidered towels etc.
I could always count on Madeline to be at all of my milestones in my life, including school programs, birthday parties and hosting holidays at her house or grandpas and more. Although her and grandpa were not married and she was not my biological grandma she was definitely our honorary grandma. Madeline was selfless in so many ways, she put others in her life first even if they didn’t have full appreciation for her time and effort.
I’m incredibly sad I didn’t know she sick. I hope she knows how much I appreciated having her in my life and how much I loved her. I wish I could have been there for her like she had been for me all those years. She was a loving grandma who accepted me for the person I became.
Holidays will be especially hard without Madeline and Grandpa. She did her best to keep grandpa's memory alive and to bring the family together.