May 6, 2010

(11/4/1917 - 4/28/2010)

Madlyn Monroe Courtney, 92, of Memphis, Missouri, died April 28, 2010, at the Scotland County Memorial Hospital in Memphis, Missouri.

She was born November 4, 1917, the daughter of Ray and Tressie A. Stevens Monroe.

On January 9, 1936, she was united in marriage to John Gerald Courtney. They shared fifty-seven years of marriage before he preceded her in death in 1993. To this marriage two sons were born: John Courtney and Steve Courtney.

Madlyn had many duties to church and home. She was a member of the First Presbyterian Church in Memphis, a member of the Eastern Star where she served as a Past Worthy Matron, a member of the Rebekah Lodge where she served as a past Nobel Grand and a member of the White Shrines of Jerusalem. She was also very active in the Missouri Bottlers Association, an avid Bridge player and a member of the Memphis Red Hats.

She enjoyed gardening, canning, knitting and was an exceptional seamstress. She was a woman of many hats but the one she wore most often and most proudly was the one of a grandmother. She loved and adored her grandchildren and great-grandchildren, always supporting them in any and all of their endeavors.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, her two sons, two grandchildren: Christopher Courtney and Scott Courtney; three sisters and three brothers-in-law: Elise (Doc) North; Maxine (Jack) Maddox and Doris (Kenny) Nye.

She is survived by two daughters-in-law: Connie Courtney and Lois Courtney; four grandchildren: Stephanie Shalley and her husband, Dave; Sonya See and her husband, Patrick; Stacie Whitaker and her husband, James; and J. Foster Courtney. Also surviving are nine great-grandchildren: Colby Brown, Jenna Shalley, Marcus Shalley, Ian See, Stevi See, Zane See, Avery Whitaker, Anthony Whitaker, Allayna Whitaker and several nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews.

Funeral services were held at the First Presbyterian Church on Saturday, May 1, 2010, at 10:30 A.M. with the Reverend Michael McCormack officiating. Music was provided by Connie Courtney, organist and Anna Lynn Kirkpatrick, vocalist. Music selections included “My Task” and “Be Not Dismayed”.

Burial followed the funeral service in the Memphis Cemetery. Casket bearers were Marcus Shalley, J. Foster Courtney, Dave Shalley, James Whitaker, Patrick See, Doug Brown and Colby Brown.

Memorials may be made to the First Presbyterian Church or the Memphis Swim Team and may be left at the church or mailed to Memphis Funeral Home, 378 South Market Street, Memphis, Missouri 63555. On-line condolences may be made to the Courtney family via

Arrangements are under the direction of the Memphis Funeral Home.

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