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Bethelene Madsen

Bethelene Marie Madsen (Lilienthal)

Sunday, March 19th, 1939 - Tuesday, July 16th, 2019
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Bethelene Marie Madsen, daughter of Barney and Dorotha Lilienthal, passed away July 16, 2019 at the age of 80.

Beth was born March 19, 1939 on a farm near Trenton, Nebraska where she was raised. She moved to Phoenix, Arizona in 1960 with her husband Ray Victor Madsen, to whom she was married for 59 yrs.

Beth loved fishing and traveling with her husband in their RV. She also enjoyed needlepoint, tatting, and crocheting, but her true passion was playing bridge.

She is survived by her husband Ray, her siblings Polly, Genice and Larry, a son Michael, a daughter Victoria, and grandsons Aaron and Glen. She was preceded in death by her son Marc.
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Genice (Lillenthal) Berns

Posted at 11:20am
It's hard to believe that my sister, Beth, is no longer with us. I miss her dearly and loved her so much. Beth and I were very close in our childhood when growing up and living on the farm together. We were our dad's boys when doing farm chores together such as milking cows by hand. In doing field work, Beth drove the John Deere tractor, and I drove the smaller Ford tractor. Beth liked to do things outside rather than inside. In our spare time, we would play Jack's, pick-up sticks. monopoly, cards, and read books. We were in 4-H together and took our cows to the Culbertson fair. As we got older, we were in a car accident riding with some other kids. The driver was going too fast, lost control and missed a curve, and the car crashed between two trees. God was riding with us as no one was hurt. Beth and I would go to Kansas where we attended dances. We both loved to dance and inherited rhythm from our mom & dad. When Beth started dating her husband, Ray, we would drive together in her 1953 Chev BelAir Hardtop to Colorado Springs, CO, where Ray was stationed in the US Air Force. Ray, Beth, and I went several times to the Air Force NCO club for dinner and dancing. One time when driving to Colorado Springs, Beth and I got caught in a snow blizzard, and the car slid on ice and into a deep ditch totaling the car. God was with us again as we were not badly injured. After Beth & Ray were married in 1960, I drove out to Colorado Springs several times to visit them; and they always welcomed me into their home. In 1964 when I got married, Berh & Ray were living in Pennsylvania; Beth came home to Trenton, NE, and it was my honor to have her as my only bridesmaid. Beth even asked me to wear her wedding gown. According to Beth, it was not too much travel distance to be with me on my wedding day. Beth & Ray moved to Phoenix, AZ, after that where they raised their children, Mike and Vicki. Berh loved to see, do needlepoint, tatting, and crocheting. I have several things she made for me which I will always treasure. She also loved to play bridge and attended several bridge tournaments. She truly enjoyed the challenge of playing bridge. She and I also liked reading, and we traded books together. I miss her every day but know she is in heaven with her son, Marc, and our mom & dad. Rest in peace, Beth. I love you so much!


Posted at 11:15pm
I don't know how to put into words how I feel. Beth and Ray lived across the street from me for many years. Great neighbors. I saw more of Beth, always had time to chat, when the power went out in the summer she had my son Alex (he was around 12) come over in the camper with them because they had AC! Taught me how to care for roses!! Beth was a great neighbor and friend! I'm so sorry for your loss.

Louie Lyon

Posted at 12:27am
Dear Ray, Vicki and Michael,
I would like to offer my condolences to you upon Beth's passing. I have so many fond memories of Beth as the secretary at Cholla Elementary School while I taught sixth grade there. I also have fond memories of tailgating for ASU football games for my first few years in Arizona in the late 1970's. Beth often shared with me how proud she was of her children and how she loved to RV and travel with Ray. Fishing was right at the top too.

I left teaching to become a minister and can say to you, Beth's family, that God has promised that she is now whole and well, without the pain and discomfort she had toward the end of her life. I will pray that you all have many wonderful memories of Beth during this time of loss and in the days, weeks, months and years ahead.
Louie Lyon

Mike Madsen

Posted at 09:02am
First - It is hard to know where to even begin regarding a tribute to my mom. She was such a huge force in shaping who I am as a person, that it is seems impossible to do justice to the role she played as my mother – let alone her give proper tribute to her accomplishments as a daughter, wife, friend, colleague and a person. There are a few traits about my mom that really defined her in my eyes so I thought I would share some anecdotes that illustrate those - I am sure some of these will resonate with others and hopefully bring a smile to your face

* Hard Work - mom was the hardest working person I know. When we moved into our first house, I watched as she, pretty much single-handedly, plugged our entire front and back yard with grass. We did not have the money to buy sod to cover the whole yard, and there was no thinking of paying someone to landscape it, so my dad and mom bought just a few rolls of sod and my mom plugged/planted one piece every square foot over so, over the entire front and back. No job would ever overwhelm her - as evidenced by the entire tablecloth's she tatted, knot by knot, for my sister and I.

* Thoughtful Spending. Mom never bought anything expensive on impulse. Whether it was furniture, clothes, our camper, or drapes, she would go to every single store in town before she decided what to buy. She was a savvy shopper and her brain was always going 100 mph - we once restored an old pool table she had bought from friends....when it came time to get the felt for the top, she found a place that sold it, down in the rough, warehouse district in Phx. We piled in the car and drove down there - it was not a friendly neighborhood! She told the guy what she wanted and how much she needed and watched him measure out the cloth off the bolt. When he started to cut it, she yelled "STOP - you didn't measure it right - you're a yard short". This guy looked at her like 'c'mon lady'....and after a bit of back and forth he said - "okay, tell you what, if you're right it's free, but if not the price is double". Mom looked at him and said "okay, go ahead and measure it". She was right. She paid him anyway and we grabbed that felt and got out of there....

* Fishing is serious business. When my sister and I were young, my parents would take our camper/pickup up to the mountains and we would camp and fish. Fishing was serious business....we would pile into our 12' boat at about 6:00 am. and if the fish were biting, there was not going back to shore for ANYTHING....including the bathroom!

* Having Fun. Mom could have fun with the best of them - whether it was dancing at the Eagles Club, playing bridge, fishing, or just out with friends. I was (and still am) an early riser, and there were at least a couple of times I got up early on a Sunday morning and met my parents coming in the door after a night of bridge and an early breakfast.

* Family Time. Friday night was family time at our house. That usually meant a) out for pizza or Mexican food, and b) back to the house in time for Dallas or Dynasty. It was not a big thing, but it would sure be great to have one more of those Friday nights with mom.

There are so many other stories - about always doing your very best ("just do your best and whatever happens happens"), being fair, using your head and all the other things that exemplified my mom.

I miss her a ton.

Vicki Madsen Fork

Posted at 10:07pm
One of my favorite memories I have of my mom was when I was about 20. Out of the blue, she said, Vicki, let's go bowling. So the two of us headed to a local bowling alley. There, while bowling, we shared a pitcher of beer (back then, the drinking age was 19) talked about anything and everything, and laughed a lot. That was the first time I started to think of my mom as more of a friend than a parent. After that, our relationship was more friendship, and I knew I could always talk to her. She may not always agree with decisions I made, but she was always supportive - and that unconditional love will be forever missed. It was a great evening, and I will always cherish it.

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