Alice Rae Madden - June 02, 2013Alice Rae Madden died at her home in Mesa, Arizona on June 2, 2013, at the age of 84. She had a rare form of leukemia.
Celebration of Life events are pending in Colorado, Nebraska and Arizona. Memorials in Alice’s name may be sent to the Humane Society. The family invites you to share memories of Alice by visiting their website at www.MariposaGardens.com.
Alice was born on Oct. 17, 1928, on the family farm in Hampton. She was the sixth of seven children born to Raymond and Ruth Mason. The family later moved to Aurora, where she finished high school. This year, one of her great granddaughters graduated from the same high school 67 years later.
She completed one year at the University of Nebraska, and then she and her husband moved to Oklahoma. They went on a two-year assignment to Ethiopia, where Alice taught school and later sang for Hailee Selassie and Vice President Richard Nixon at a coronation celebration. She visited Karachi, Hong Kong and Tokyo on the way home to Denver, Colo.
She enrolled at the D.U. School of Music and received her degree there. She sang in her church choir and sang in the Central City Opera, her performances included the Ballad of Baby Doe and Die Fledermaus.
In 1961, she married Wm. N. Snider and lived in Littleton, Colo. Following his death in 1969, she met and the next year married Dr. Patrick Madden of Aurora. They lived in Aurora for three years and then moved to Littleton, Colo. She began a career in real estate and later opened a clothing shop in Cherry Creek and later in Breckenridge. Her store was named “My Favorite Things” and carried Irish and Scottish woolens. She and her husband travelled to Hawaii, Mexico, the Caribbean, Ireland and Scotland. She played golf, bridge, tolerated four-wheeling and scuba diving. Her nickname was “chicken of the sea.”
Alice is survived by her husband, Patrick Madden, M.D.; children Mike (Teresa) Madden, John (Ramona) Madden, Stacia Madden and Bill (Deann) Snider; grandchildren Shanna Hunter, Michelle Collingham, Pete Madden, Scott Madden, Jessica Wentworth, Patrick Madden and Tyler Madden; sisters Betty Robinson, Marjorie Kleitsch, Shirley Burg, and Sandie Carter; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Preceding her in death were her sister Phyllis, brother James Mason, son Charles Madden, and granddaughter Liza Madden.