Clarice Mae Madsen was born on Dec. 2, 1930, to Bertam and Fern Hopper in Matheson, Colo., and passed from this life on Dec. 21, 2010, surrounded by her family.
She was a communications expert, serving as a dispatcher for the New Mexico State Police for many years. After her retirement she was a co-owner of an antiques and furniture refinishing store and later co-owner of a trucking company here in Roswell. Clarice was her happiest living in the country were she could enjoy all her animals and gardening. She was preceded in death by her parents and four brothers, Dwight, Don, Paul and Gene.
Clarice is survived by her husband, Gayle Madsen, and four children: Katherine Bird and husband, Walter, Sherri Cleaveland and husband, Craig, Danny Hays and wife, Cheryl, and Rex King, all of Roswell.
She is also survived by seven grandchildren, Andrea Gapp and Tracy Biship of Tulsa, Okla., Paula Mata of Tucson, Ariz., Kristin and Eric Stewart of Albuquerque, Cody and Courtney King of Roswell; and six great-grandchildren, Marissa and Chelsea Gapp, Katelynn and Kyleigh Wuest, Aiden Mata and Trent Biship.
Clarice will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved her. A memorial service will be held at a later date. Cremation has taken place according to her wishes. All arrangements have been entrusted to Ballard Funeral Home and Crematory. An online registry can be accessed at www.ballardfuneralhome.com.