Madelyn I. (Flowers) Edwards

April 17, 2015

Madelyn I. (Flowers) Edwards

MADELYN I. (FLOWERS) EDWARDS – of Winchester, Friday, April 17th. Beloved wife of the late Lawrence J. Edwards. Devoted mother of Thomas Edwards and his wife Donna of Newton, Catherine Edwards of Malden, Richard Edwards and his wife Christine of Revere, Marie Sawyer and her husband Paul of Winchester, and the late Lawrence and Alan Edwards. Mother-in-law of Beverly Edwards of Maine. Dear sister of the late Charlotte, Frank, Jerry, Lawrence, and Roslyn Flowers, Mary Johnson, Josephine Doherty, Teresa Powers, and Catherine Wedick. Cherished grandmother of fourteen grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren. Also lovingly survived by many nieces, nephews, grandnieces, and grandnephews. Services and Interment are private. Remembrances may be made in Madelyn’s memory to VNA Hospice Care, 100 Sylvan Road, G-500, Woburn, MA 01801.

OBITUARY;

Madelyn I. (Flowers) Edwards of Winchester passed away Friday, April 17th at her daughter’s home in Winchester. The beloved wife of the late Lawrence J. Edwards, she was eighty-seven years of age.

Born and raised in Winchester, Madelyn was one of ten children of the late Dominic and Catherine (Smytherman) Flowers. She attended Winchester Schools, graduating from Winchester High School with the Class of 1944. After graduation, Madelyn began working as a clerk in the accounting department at the State Street Bank in Boston.

One day while in Brighton, Madelyn met the love of her life, Larry, through a friend. The two met in 1952 and married in 1953. They made their home in Brighton and brought six children into the world. Larry owned a convenience store in Brighton and Madelyn helped out there while raising her family. Throughout the years, the family enjoyed many trips all over to Canada, New York, Washington D.C., Puerto Rico, and of course, Disney World. Another favorite of everyone’s was going out for an ice cream together during the warm weather. In 1980, after her husband of twenty-seven years passed away, Madelyn moved back to her family homestead in Winchester to be with her sisters. Always fun and outgoing, you could often find her about town. A devout Catholic, Madelyn watched Catholic Television every day.

In later years, Madelyn decided to make her home with her daughter, Marie, and her husband, Paul in Winchester. Now she was so ever attentive to doting on her grandsons, Paul and Robert! She loved being “Nana” and remained very active in their academic and athletic adventures. Ever present in their lives, Nana provided much encouragement, support, and love throughout her life. Madelyn remained very close with her nieces and their families over the years. A very kind, generous and loving woman, certainly touched the hearts of those whom she held dear.

Madelyn’s family would like to give special thanks to her caregivers, Darlene Powers and Mary Murray, who were always there and gave Madelyn the attention and tender loving care she so deserved.

In addition to her parents, Madelyn was predeceased by her husband, Lawrence J. Edwards; her sons, Lawrence and Alan Edwards; and her nine siblings, Charlotte, Frank, Jerry, Lawrence, and Roslyn Flowers, Mary Johnson, Josephine Doherty, Teresa Powers, and Catherine Wedick.

She is lovingly survived by her children, Thomas Edwards and his wife Donna of Newton, Catherine Edwards of Malden, Richard Edwards and his wife Christine of Revere, and Marie Sawyer and her husband Paul of Winchester; her daughter-in-law, Beverly Edwards of Maine; fourteen grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; and many loving nieces, nephews, grandnieces, and grandnephews.

Services and Interment are private. Remembrances may be made in Madelyn’s memory to VNA Hospice Care, 100 Sylvan Road, G-500, Woburn, MA 01801. Professional services are under the direction of the Lynch-Cantillon Funeral Home.

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  1. Dear Marie, Paul, Paul & Robert~

    May those special memories of your Mom and Nana that you hold most dear to your heart offer you comfort. And may you know that you gave to her the most precious gift in the world with your sacrifice and care of her… the gift of yourself. May she rest in eternal peace.

    Francie Cadigan

  2. Tommy,Richard,Kathy,Marie I am so very sorry for your loss. The memories of your beautiful Maddy talking to my mother Mary for hours as a child will never leave me. I am certain they are together again sharing stories and laughing together. May she rest in peace.

    Bill Mahoney

  3. Marie: So sorry for the loss of your wonderful mother. Madelyn was such a nice person. You two had such a close and special relationship and that will never go away. You are all in our thoughts during this difficult time.
    Love, Ellen, John, Marissa and Jack

  4. Marie,Paul&Family,
    Madelyn was very fortunate to have such loving care, she’s now at peace. We’re thinking of you at this time and pray for you and Madelyn.Our most sincere condolences.
    Steve & Heather

  5. Marie and Paul, I’m very sorry for your loss. I hope that you gain peace in knowing that your devotion to and care of Madelyn speaks to the love that you have for her.
    John

  6. Marie,

    We are so sorry for the loss of your mother. She was so lucky to have you as you were so good to her for so many years.

    Lisa and Steven

  7. Tommy, I’m so sorry to read about your Mothers passing. My condolences. May she RIP.
    Theresa Ikels

  8. Marie, Paul, Paul and Robert-

    We are very sorry for your loss. We enjoyed Madelyn very much any time we saw her on holidays and celebrations. We will never forget her sense of humor and very kind way.

    Marie, it was always amazing for everyone to witness that special bond that you had with your mother. Always respectful, loving and caring. May the memories of all of the good times over the years bring comfort during this sad time.

    Kathleen, Rich, Michael and Ben

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