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Madalene Wilhelm

April 20, 1921 — June 30, 2018

Madalene Wilhelm

Madalene  Wilhelm,  age  97,  of  Gatesville  passed  away  on  Saturday,  June  30,  2018  surrounded  by  her  loving  family.  Funeral  Services  will  be  at  10:00  am,  Thursday,  July  5,  2018  at  First  Baptist  Church  of  Gatesville  with  burial  following  at  Weaver  Chapel  Cemetery.  Visitation  will  be  from  5-7  pm  on  Tuesday  at  Scott’s  Funeral  Home in  Gatesville.Madalene  was  born  on  April  20,  1921  in  Coryell  County,  Texas  to  the  late  John  Henry  and  Rachel  Catherine  Barefoot  Holloway.  She was the second youngest and last surviving of 11 children.  After  graduating  from  Jonesboro  High  School,  Madalene moved  to  Dallas  and  attended  Parkland  Nursing  School.  During  WWII,  she  served  as  a  2LTArmy  Nurse  from  1943  to  1945  in  England.  After  the  war,  she  married  Herschel  Wilhelm  in  1946  and  they  farmed  together  around  the  Jonesboro  area  and  raised  four  children.Madalene  also  worked  in  various  capacities  as  an  RN  in  Gatesville  and  the  surrounding communities.  Her  husband  passed  away  in  1976  and  she  eventually  sold  the  farm  and  moved  into  town.  She found faith at a young age and was very active at church.  After moving to Gatesville, she became a member of First Baptist Church where she attended for the last 40 years of her life and she especially enjoyed singing in the choir.  She  was  a  well-respected  artist  whose  paintings won  many  awards  and  was  a  founding  and  long-time  member  of  the  Central  Texas  Watercolor  Society.As  a  child,  Madalene  never  traveled  more  than  a  few  miles  from  home.  She often dreamed of travelling throughout the world.  Eventually, travel she did.  Throughout  her  adult  life,  she visited  over  thirty  countries and  made friends  and memories  all  over  the  planet. Madalene  is  remembered  fondly  by  friends  and  family  as  a strong,  intelligent, elegant,  kind,  and  witty woman who  served  her  country  and  her  community  with  honor.  She is the matriarch and anchor for an ever-expanding posterity.  Her  memory  will  forever  be  held  in  high regard  by  those  who  knew and  loved her. Madalene  is  survived  by  her  children,  John  August  Wilhelm  of  Austin,  Ruthann  Laman  and  husband,  Rick  of  Austin,  Katy  Mitchell  and  husband,  David  of  Gatesville,  Amy  Moore  and  husband,  Gordon  of  Palestine;  eight  grandchildren  and  22  great  grandchildren.Memorials may be made to Weaver Chapel Cemetery, 3470 CR 108, Gatesville, TX 76528 or Wood Cemetery, 430 Old Georgetown Rd., Gatesville, TX 76528.  
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