Barbara Jeane Madsen
Barbara Jeane “Bobbie” Given Madsen entered into the fullness of grace on November 7th, 2018 in Kirksville, Missouri.
Bobbie was born on January 15th, 1927 to Ruth and Everett Given in Paxton, Illinois. She is survived by her husband Robert, brother Everett (Gig), five children, Molly, Julie, Kurt, James, and Jennifer, 11 grand children, and 23 great-grand children. She is preceded in death by her brother Doug and beloved grandson, Colin.
Bobbie was a much-loved elementary school teacher by vocation, and active public servant by volition for much of her life. She was deeply committed to public service, and volunteered in the community life before her. President or Vice-President of countless organizations - the Kirksville School Board, Missouri Community Betterment Program, Girls Club of Missouri, the Nutrition Site Board, Church Women United, and the Missouri Federation of Women’s Clubs knew her influence especially well. Bobbie received the Governor’s Leadership Award as an outstanding civic leader in 1980, and was a candidate for State Representative.
Bobbie was an accomplished instrumental musician and beautiful soprano. She was delighted to perform for organizations, readily joined church choirs and participated in other vocal venues for much of her life. She had leading roles in musicals from broadway, and the Civic Light Opera. Bobbie was a gifted performer on stage, and her ease in presenting showed as she presided over community groups and committees, as well as when she was the hostess of KIRX’s radio program, Area Scene.
Bobbie was a vivacious and engaging; an intelligent, kind, and ever-gracious lady, making all with whom she interacted feel cared for and encouraged. She established a family and community legacy that will dearly miss her; our Bobbie truly has left this world a better place. We are grateful for her life and love, and especially for the surety that Bobbie has now joined the eternal choir. Heaven’s song is the sweeter for it.
Visitation with the family will be from 10:00 to 11:00 a.m. Saturday (November 10, 2018) with funeral service at 11:00 a.m. at the Davis-Playle-Hudson-Rimer Funeral Home with Dr. Torry Madsen officiating. Burial will be in Maple Hills Cemetery.
Arrangements under the direction of Davis-Playle-Hudson-Rimer Funeral Home, www.davisplaylehudsonrimer.com.