Ethel Arnold MADIGAN
Wife, mother, grandmother, great grandmother and friend passed away peacefully on April 16, 2014. Ethel was born at home in Long Prairie, MN, in 1914.
She was the second of five children born to Eva Kircher Arnold and Archie Vernon Arnold and along with her siblings was raised on her parent’s dairy farm. She was a graduate of Long Prairie High School and St. Cloud, Business College. Upon graduations, Ethel worked as law clerk and secretary for Joyce S. Lewis, attorney at law. In 1939, she and Melvin R. Madigan were married. They resided in Long Prairie until the beginning of World War II, when they moved to Seattle, WA. Here, Mel was employed in defense work until the end of the War. They first resided in an apartment near the University of Washington, and in 1942 moved to Holly Park where their two children were born. They are Robert J. Madigan of Anchorage, AK, and Elizabeth A. Finn of Mission Viejo, CA. In 1948, Ethel and Mel built their home in the Wedgwood community of Seattle, which they kept for forty years. In 1957, Ethel began a thirty year career as office manager for Albert S. Balch, builder and community developer. Mel died in 1976, Ethel remained in their house for 12 more years, then sold and purchased a condo on Sand Point Way. In 2007, she retired to Garden Court Retirement Community in South Everett, WA.
Ethel’s interests were many: She was an active member of Our Lady of the Lake Parish, serving on boards and committees in the elementary school, Church Guild and Senior Club. She attended writing classes, studied history, genealogy, and wrote four books about her life. Her travels took her to Europe and the Orient, and around the U. S. and Canada. She loved games, cards, plays, Seattle Symphony Pop Concerts, and movies.
Ethel appreciated all the good things in her life including her family, home, and many friends. She always had a project and loved giving to others. Her family is grateful for the memories she left in their hearts, and for the memories she faithfully wrote and compiled in a collection of books.
Ethel will be missed by her son, Bob Madigan (Jodi) of Anchorage, AK, and daughter, Betsy Finn (Gene Duguay) of Mission Viejo, CA; granddaughters, Heidi Paolone (Nick) of Coto de Caza, CA, and Nicole Acevedo (Ken) of Ladera Ranch, CA; six great grandchildren, Isabella, Nicholas, and Luca Paolone; and Finley, Teagan, and Rylen Acevedo.
Mass of Christian Burial will be held Thursday, April 24th at 11:00 AM at Our Lady of the Lake Catholic Church 8900 35th Ave N E, Seattle WA.
Memorials in her honor may be made to a charity of your choice.
Hoffner Fisher & Harvey
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