Lula E. Edgecomb Madsen

The Payette Independent
Thursday, January 24, 1929


The whole community was shocked and saddened Saturday morning when news came of the sudden death of Mrs. E. W. Madsen. She was seen by several of her friends in Payette Friday afternoon who talked to her, and she seemed as well as common and in the best of spirits. Little did she or her friends think that the grim reaper hovered so near and would soon claim her as his own. But her life's work was done, and she was called home to rest.

Mrs. Madsen was one of Fruitlands most popular and most beloved residents. She filled so many places, and was always read and willing to do whatever she was called upon to do, and to help everyone in their time of trouble. She was a true friend, and loved by all who knew her. Her death will be keenly felt by people for many miles around, as her passing leaves a vacant place that will be hard for another to fill. She was active in all kinds of church work, the Ladies Aid, the Woman's Home Missionary Society, P.T.A. and all other matters for the good of herself and others.

Lula E. Edgecomb was born in Ohio October 21, 1873, and died at her home near Fruitland, Idaho, Saturday morning, January 19th, 1929 at 9 o'clock, death being due to angina pectoris, from which she suffered only a few hours. She was 55 years, 2 month and 29 days old at the time of her death. On September 5, 1900, she was united in marriage to Edward W. Madsen at Missouri Valley, Iowa. To this union one daughter was born, Katherine Madsen Leitch of Washington, D. C. now at Concord, North Carolina. In 1910 Mr. and Mrs. Madsen and Katherine moved to their present home at Fruitland. Mrs. Madsen leaves to mourn her death, her husband, E. W. Madsen, her daughter, Katherine, her father and mother, Mr. and Mrs. A. E. Edgecomb of Missouri Valley, Iowa, and a brother Rex Edgecomb of Omaha, Nebraska, besides her large circle of friends. Two brothers preceded her in death, Orlo H. who died in France during the world war, and Earl E. who passed away at Dayton, Ohio, a few years ago.

Mrs. Madsen was a member of the Order of the Eastern Star, and served at Missouri Valley, Iowa as Worthy Matron and secretary. She became a member of the Presbyterian church at Missouri Valley in her early life, and has since been a consistent member. During her residence here she has served most of the time as organist in the Methodist church in Fruitland.

Funeral services were held from the M. E. church in Fruitland Sunday afternoon at 3 o'clock, conducted by the Rev. George Roseberry. The Eastern Star attended in a body. The large crowd that attended and the many beautiful floral offerings were silent tokens of the high esteem in which she was held. "As the felling of a stately oak leaves a lonesome place against the sky, so does the death of Mrs. Madsen leave a lonesome place in the hearts of all who knew her."

Mr. Madsen left on the early morning train Monday morning for Missouri Valley, Iowa, with the remains for burial. His daughter, Mrs. Leitch will meet him there.

Beautiful life is that whose span
Is spent in duty to God and man;
Beautiful twilight at set of sun,
Beautiful death with life well done.