Emily Madsen, age 78, died May 28, 1990, while hospitalized in Bountiful, Utah. A fall two years ago, resulting in a broken hip, had contributed to her failing health.
She was born July 9, 1911, Pleasant Grove, Utah, the daughter of John Peter and Florence Bullock Madsen.She leaves no immediate family but is survived by cousins: Mrs. Margaret Pond and Mrs. Maurine Sidwell, both of Salt Lake City; Mrs. Emily Keetch, Logan; and Mrs. Thelma Marrott and Mr. Harold Bulloch, both Pleasant Grove.
She attended the LDS Business College; recieved her B.S. Degree from BYU in 1933 and a M.S. Degree from the University of Utah in 1959. She also completed courses at Columbia and Stanford Universities. Her training included English, Drama, Speech, Journalism and Foreign Languages, with a specialization in Creative Writing. She was affiliated with the Theta Alpha Pi Dramatic Fraternity, the Alpha Lota Business Sorority and the Delta Kappa Gamma Educational Sorority. She began her teaching career in Duchesne County, and later taught in Midvale and Moab. Following this, she was a Secretary in the Washington D.C. office of U.S. Senator, Elbert D. Thomas, prior to WW II. During the war, she was a liaison officer with the Red Cross, between the Armed Forces and the U.S.O., from 1942-1946, where she attained the rank of Captain. Her responsibilities included arranging entertainment for the troops in the African and Mediterranean Theatres. She spent most of her time on the Island of Corsica with the 340th Bomb Group. Following the war, she taught in Japan and Alaska before returning to Salt Lake, where she taught English and Creative Writing at Jackson Junior High for 9 years and then finished her career at West High School where she taught for 19 years. After retiring from the Salt Lake City School District, she served in the Peace Corps in Malaysia for two years before returning to Salt Lake where she was a teacher of English as a second language to immigrants. She traveled extensively around the world and made friends everywhere she went.
She will be greatly missed by all those who knew her and especially by her former students, many of whom continued their association with her until her death.
Funeral services will be held Thursday, May 31st, 12 Noon, in the Larkin Mortuary Chapel, 260 East South Temple, where friends may call Wednesday evening, 6-8 pm, and on Thursday, one hour prior to services. Interment, Pleasant Grove City Cemetery.
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