Graveside services will be held at South Park Cemetery on Friday, Jan. 11, at 2 p.m., for Lula Cooper Madsen, 85, of Roswell. Lula went to be with her Jesus on Monday, Jan. 7, 2013, at Mission Arch Care Center. Herb Gage will officiate at the remembrance and celebration of her life.
Lula was born in Plainview, Texas, on July 22, 1927, to Ruth Seal Cooper and Abner Cooper. She moved to the Roswell area in the early 1930s and was one of nine children.
Lula married the love of her life H.T. (Tom) Madsen on Aug. 18, 1945, in Roswell. They had four children from t his union, Glen Madsen, Judy Madsen, Dale Madsen and Janet Madsen.
Lula and H.T. owned and operated the family business H.T. Madsen Trucking for more than 30 years. She was actively involved as the accountant. During their years working together they amassed a wealth of friends and good memories.
Those left to cherish her memory are her daughter Janet Russell and husband Johnnie, of Roswell, and her daughter-in-law Glenda Madsen, of Maplesville, Ala. She is survived by her grandchildren Gayla Higginbotham, Glen Madsen Jr. and his wife Sandy, of Maplesville, Ala., Jennifer Lewis and Amanda Lewis, of Roswell, Dale Madsen and wife Christina, of Hobbs, Jessica Burkhart and husband Don, of Arizona; great-grandchildren Candis Pate, Frankie, James and Gabrielle Madsen, of Alabama, Jacob Lewis, of Roswell, Annie, Dale and Kaitlynn Madsen and Darian Courter, of Hobbs, Christopher, Thomas, Jacob and Stewart Burkhart, of Arizona; great-great-granddaughthers, Adalyn and Alyssa Pate, of Alabama; one brother Guy Cooper, of Arkansas; sister in-law Kathleen Cooper; her beloved pet Susie; and numerous nieces, nephews, sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law.
Lula was preceded in death by her parents, her life partner H.T., her daughter Judy Madsen, sons Dale Madsen and Glen Madsen, grandsons Jason Madsen and Billy Lewis; her brothers, Roy, Charlie and Oscar Cooper; sisters, Faye Mackie, Viola Hutchinson, Maydell Lott and Shirley Smith.
Before her illness, Lula enjoyed the family business, gardening (she was famous for her pumpkins), swimming, walking, baking and homemade crafts. She was involved in several bowling leagues, the Chaves County Extension Club and hospital auxiliary.
She taught Sunday school for years at South Manor Baptist Church. She enjoyed going out to eat and shopping with her friends and grandkids and going every week for 40 years to have her hair done by her special friend Rita Montoya. She enjoyed her days going to the J.O.Y. Center where she had many special friends. The most treasured things in her life were her husband Tom of 58 years, her children and her grandchildren. She was a wonderful mother, grandma and her grandchildren called her “Grandma Precious.” She was referred to as their guardian angel who always saw the best in all of them, like her grandson said, “Thank God for Grandma’s rose-colored glasses.” She loved her Jesus and loved to praise him in song. She loved to sing and clap her very small hands and praise his name.
She loved her church services at Mission Arch with volunteers from Church on the Move. She will be so deeply missed by those who knew and loved her. Her illness changed her outward abilities but never her heart and spirit. Thank Jesus for the blessed assurance we will meet our precious Mom and Grandma one day again soon. “Momma, I will thank my God for every remembrance of you.” Phil. 1:3.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Chaves County J.O.Y. Center.
Condolences may be made online at lagronefuneralchapels.com.
Arrangements are under the personal directions of the professionals at LaGrone Funeral Chapel.
The angels gathered near your bed
So very close to you
For they knew the pain and suffering
That you were going through
I thought about so many things
As I held tightly to your hand
Oh, how I wished that you were strong
And happy once again
But your eyes were looking homeward
To that place beyond the sky
Where Jesus held His outstretched arms
It was time to say “goodbye”
I struggled with my selfish thoughts
For I wanted you to stay
So we could walk and talk again
Like we did just yesterday
But Jesus knew the answer
And I knew He loved you so
So I gave to you life’s greatest gift
The gift to letting go
Now my heart will carry memories
Of the love you gave to me
Until we meet again in Heaven
Where the best is yet to be