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Marjorie Putt Madden
Marjorie Putt Madden died Oct. 7 and in her memory Samson Park — the sculpture garden adjacent to Fiddler’s Green Amphitheatre in Greenwood Village — will be renamed Marjorie Park.
Marjorie is lovingly remembered as a wise and devoted wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother, as well as an artist with a twinkling eye for beauty and an affinity with nature.
Born May 27, 1930, in Omaha, Neb., she attended the University of Nebraska from 1948 to 1950. She married John W. Madden, Jr. in 1950. She was the mother of Cynthia Madden Leitner (Roger Leitner), Scott Madden, and J. Madden (Linda Poletti).
A homemaker, oil-painter, community volunteer and philanthropist, Marjorie also was a businesswoman. She served as a trustee on the board of directors of the John Madden Company Ltd, a real estate development firm. From 1978 –1985, she headed Madden Specialties, creating commercial office design with imported Italian fabrics, marble, art, fixtures and tiles. Together with her husband, she acquired a private collection of fine art and decorative arts now exhibited as the Madden Collection at the Madden Museum of. Marjorie also served on the board of directors as a founder of the Museum of Outdoor Arts, which recently celebrated a 30th anniversary and exhibits its collection in Greenwood Village, Englewood and elsewhere, including the White House Rose Garden.
Marjorie is survived by several generations who called her, affectionately, “Marmie.” Her grandchildren are Cynthia’s adult children — John Schuyler Madden (Sky), Marjorie Blair Madden Bui (Blair) and Paul Leitner — and J.’s twins — Joseph and Grace Madden. Her great-grandchildren are Sky’s sons — Schuyler Madden, Gabriel Cagle and Walter Madden — and Blair’s daughters —Cynthia Lily Brown and Willow Bui.
The family treasures memories of their matriarch as a gentle soul known for her kindness and optimism. Her friendship and conversation were sought out. She painted in oils, both portraits and landscapes; and she was involved in the art world since her youth. Throughout her adult life, she directed the interior decoration of buildings constructed by her husband’s development firm.
She was an avid bird watcher and shell collector, especially during her time at the family’s pink house at the water’s edge on Sanibel Island, Fla. She enjoyed observing osprey, pelicans, ibis, herons and egrets, as well as dolphins. Her bird watching led her to become involved in the Ding Darling Wildlife Preserve. She was a member of the Junior League and Kappa Kappa Gamma Sorority.
Marmie also was passionate about cooking, playing cards and arranging flowers. She always kept a jigsaw puzzle in the works. She loved decorating her home, especially at Christmastime.
“Her legacy resides in her family, all of whom attribute to her the reinforcement of values and relationships through her kind words and gracious actions. She impressed upon us her aesthetic, her sense of beauty,” said Cynthia Madden Leitner. “She will be sorely missed by all who met her and survive her.”
Martha ‘Jane’ Wren – 1925 – 2014
Martha “Jane” Wren
Jane Wren, 89, of Denver died on Sept. 20. Martha Jane “Janie” Edwards Wren was born in Cave Springs, Arkansas on July 21, 1925 unto Fitzhugh Lee and Myrtle “Myrna” (Glass) Edwards.
Jane grew up in Amarillo, Texas, graduating from Amarillo High in 1943. She participated in various school activities including cheerleading and she was crowned “Queen of Amarillo High” in 1943 and later voted Most Popular. It was while in high school she met her sweetheart John (J.E.) Edgar Wren. They were married on March 16, 1944, in the parsonage of First Baptist Church in Amarillo.
They moved to Loveland in 1949 to start J.E.’s new business, Western Merchants Wholesale Co. Then in 1950 they moved their home and business to Denver. They were blessed with three sons, John Scott, Randy Mack and Jay Robin. J.E. died on Nov. 15, 1979.
Jane was a homemaker who loved caring for her husband, their children and their home. She was a wonderful cook and while she enjoyed bowling, bridge and various games, her true love was golf. She was a longstanding member of the Ladies Golf Association at Pinehurst Country Club and the El Jebel Shriners Sand Blasters Golf Club. Jane especially loved to travel to various places but her favorite was Hawaii. She was affectionately called “Tutu” by her grandchildren, which means Grandmother in Hawaiian. Jane was a member of Wellshire Presbyterian Church.
Jane was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, a daughter in law, Mary Colleen Kenefick Wren, two grandchildren Jason Christopher Wren and Victoria Jane Wren, a brother Scott M. Edwards, Sr., her stepfather Mack D. Quarles and her close personal and family friend Ernie Snell.
Survivors include her sons, John Scott, Randy Mack and Jay Robin Wren all of Denver, her grandchildren, Regan Jane Wren Hall and her husband Tim of Denver, Brooke Elizabeth Wren Sisan and her husband Ned of Houston, John Thomas Wren, Allie Eliza Wren and Kathleen Jean “Katie” Wren Petock and her husband William, all of Denver, her great grandchildren, Joshua and Monica Hall of Denver and Tyler and Jeffrey Sisan of Houston, Texas, six nieces Sue Soltis of New Braunfels, Texas, Karla Kay Mullins, Joan Carder, Ginger Rowell and June Miller all of Amarillo, Texas, Betty Brashor of Carrollton, Texas, two nephews Scott M. Edwards, Jr. of Amarillo, Texas, Jack Barnwall of Las Vegas, one great nephew David McCune and a great niece Kim McCune Jackson, one great-great nephew Dawson, two great-great- nieces Jennifer and Maddie , one great- great-great nephew A.J. and a great-great-great niece Sadie.
A memorial service, “Tutu’s Aloha” was held on Sept. 29 in the Chapel of Wellshire Presbyterian Church. A private family burial was at Crown Hill Cemetery. The family suggests memorial contributions to The American Cancer Society, Porter Hospice Al-Anon.
By Glory Weisberg
Ginger Underwood, a devoted supporter of the Denver Ballet Guild, was killed in an accident on I-70 on Aug. 12, driving to the mountains to see her daughter.
As fellow Guild supporter and Guild President Pam Gatz said, “Ginger was a presence, caring and willing to help others any time. She was also the history of the DBG and she kept us on track. It’s going to be hard to think of the Denver Ballet Guild without her.”
Just about every major Denver Ballet Guild function included Ginger, always facing crowds with a glorious smile and entertaining personality that was obvious merely by viewing photos of her. She chaired the 2010 Le Bal de Ballet Debutante Ball, served on the 2011 Madams & Martinis event committee, and worked on many other activities.
The late colorfully elegant woman was recognized by Cambridge’s Who’s Who for “demonstrating dedication, leadership and excellence in community service.”
Underwood had a master’s degree in English literature and in 2007 she co-authored A Little Travel Guide for High Maintenance Women, a paperback book that is humorous, entertaining and thoroughly readable, available on Amazon, and it makes a great gift.
Underwood, age 67, was from Liberal, Kan., and is survived by her husband, Dr. Larry Underwood, daughter Stacey (Christopher) Holzer, son Eric (Cristen) Underwood, her parents Ray and Virginia Hall, sister Sherryl (Charles) Peterson, brother James (Alice) Hall and grandchildren, Alexander Underwood and Zoe Holzer.
A celebration of life is being planned with a yet uncertain date.
In lieu of flowers, donations in Ginger’s name may be made to the Denver Ballet Guild, P.O. Box 2656, Littleton, CO 800161-2656 or the American Heart Association, 1777 S. Harrison St., Suite 500, Denver, CO 80210.
Gregory N. Meyer, 1963-2014
Gregory N. Meyer was born Sept. 10, 1963, in Denver. Greg grew up in Cherry Hills Village and attended Cherry Creek High School. Greg attended The University of San Diego earning a Bachelor degree in Business Administration and completed the Pacific Coast Banking School. Greg began a career in finance working in mortgage banking with his brother Daniel in Colorado and then moving to California with Citicorp and on to Bank of the West and Franklin Templeton in the Bay Area. Greg loved to travel, play golf and tennis and to play with his dogs Piper and Chip on the beach. Some of his fondest memories came from two trips around the world with Semester at Sea where he added many enduring friendships.
Greg passed away at San Ramon Regional Medical Center July 22, 2014, after a long illness. He is survived by and missed greatly by his sister Melanie, his brothers Joseph and Daniel, his nephew Craig, his nieces Heather and Danielle and his stepmother Holly Emrick Meyer and her family. Greg was preceded in death by his mother Mary Kramer Meyer and his father Milton E. Meyer, Jr.
A service for Greg will be held on Aug. 21, 2014, at 10 a.m. at the Church of the Risen Christ.
Robert John Molloy
Robert John Molloy was born in Middletown, Ohio, and lived in Colorado for 64 years. He worked for Martin Marietta for 45 years on programs including Titan I, Titan II, Gemini, Skylab, MX/Peacekeeper and Zenith Star. He retired from Lockheed Martin in 2000 after 50 years in the aerospace industry.
Molloy earned a degree in chemical engineering from the University of Notre Dame in South Bend, Ind., and moved to Colorado in 1950 to work for the Heckethorn Company. He volunteered for the Army in WWII, landed on Omaha Beach on D-Day Plus One and earned two Bronze Stars.
He served as president of the Littleton Chamber of Commerce, served on the Arapahoe County Extension Service Advisory Board and was president of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics Western Division. He was an advisor and board member for AVERITECH, EQUINOX Interscience and Vista LifeSciences. Three years ago he worked with members of Congress advocating for military and veteran psychological and brain injury care. He was a precinct leader for Arapahoe County until he was 85.
He was a gentleman farmer and enjoyed time with family, vintage trains and raising bees.
Molloy is survived by his wife, Natli Molloy, and their children, Natli VanDerWerken, Carolyn Mulligan, John Molloy, Peg Molloy, Robert Molloy, Jr. and Thomas Molloy, 10 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren. A Solemn High Requiem Mass was celebrated on July 22 at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Catholic Church in Littleton CO. Burial followed at Fort Logan National Cemetery with Military Honors.
Donations may be made to the Colorado National Guard Foundation, www.ngaco.org.
By Peter Jones
Littleton lost one of its longtime and most active residents July 13 when Mary Bradford died at age 85.
The civic activist, philanthropist and businesswoman had been involved in the city’s Western Welcome Week, served on numerous local boards and supported a host of nonprofit organizations, including Interfaith Community Services, the Littleton Town Hall Arts Center, the South Suburban Parks and Recreation District Foundation, TLC Meals on Wheels, the Humane Society of the South Platte Valley, the Littleton Symphony and the Littleton-Bega Sister City Association, among others.
Bradford was also sometimes involved in city politics. Last year, she co-sponsored two successful city ballot initiatives to limit the City Council’s use of executive sessions and require super-majority approval of some zoning changes.
Born in South Bend, Ind., Bradford came to Littleton in 1959 with her first husband and their four children. She later married George “Brad” Bradford, founder of Littleton’s Bradford Auto Body and became involved in the family’s business, as well as various community activities.
Mary and Brad were once co-grand marshals of the Western Welcome Week parade. Her efforts eventually helped to instigate the 10-day event’s Great Western Sandwich Breakfast.
More recently, Bradford received the South Metro Denver Chamber’s Brian Vogt Community Leader of the Year award.
The family suggested donations in Bradford’s name to Interfaith Community Services or TLC Meals on Wheels. Bradford is survived by five children, five grandchildren, seven great-grandchildren and a sister.
Louis (Lou) Messina
Louis (Lou) Messina died June 7 after a brave battle with cancer.
Lou supported the Kempe Children’s Foundation, the National Parkinson’s Foundation, Swedish Hospital and the Colorado Neurological Institute. He and surviving spouse, Ginny Messina, were frequently at fundraising events for these and other organizations.
Lou’s eyes just sparkled whenever he talked to friends and he was an animated presence.
Lou is survived in addition to wife, Ginny, by children Jessie Ketter and Scott Messina, grandson, Josh Ketter and great-granddaughter, Katalina Ketter.
A member of the Cherry Hills Community Church, a memorial for Lou is slated for July 7, 11 a.m. at the church chapel and the service is open to the public.
In lieu of lowers the family suggests donations to Mountain Rescue Aspen, 630 W. Main St., Aspen, CO 81611.
Edna Chang Grant died March 21 after a valiant struggle with a brain tumor.
Throughout her treatment, Grant remained upbeat and a joy to see at events. Once such event was the DCPA Hattitude Luncheon where she wore a stunning white hat matched with a beautiful smile.
She will be missed by all those in the community that knew her and loved her spirit and warmth.
The family held private services recently and requests in lieu of flowers, any memorial contributions be made to the National Brain Tumor Society, 5 Chapel Street, Suite 200, Newton, MA 02458. Donations made with credit cards can also be faxed to 617-924-9998 or through the agency online.
Please keep Edna’s daughters, Taylor and Rory, and the entire Grant family in your thoughts.
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