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Grace Madsen Salerno, 77, of Shelley, died Sept. 12, 1994 at Idaho Falls.

Born May 16, 1917 at Shelley, Idaho, daughter of Lyman Madsen and Melvina Huffaker. Grew up attended school in Shelley. Graduated from Shelley High School and attended Idaho State University and later the University of Utah. Received an elementary teacher's certificate and taught school in Vernal, Utah and Lyman, Wyoming. Married Darius Bradshaw November 1, 1940 in Salt Lake City and they lived in Ogden. While in Ogden, worked at Hill Air Force Base (during World War II). She was divorced in 1943. Returned to Shelley and worked for an insurance company. Served an LDS Mission to Northern California. Married Joseph Salerno, September 22, 1948 in the Salt Lake LDS Temple. They lived in Pocatello a short time then moved to various cities in Utah finally settling in Murray, Utah. She renewed her teaching certificate and taught in Utah and Jamestown, Idaho. Mr. Salerno died in 1971. She continued to live in Utah and teach school in Salt Lake City until her retirement in 1980. Moved to Firth, Idaho where she lived until suffering a stroke. She then lived with her son in Shelley and later in an Idaho Falls nursing home until the time of her death.She was an active member of the LDS Church. She had served in the Junior Sunday School and YMMIA. She wrote and directed many Ward Road Shows. Member of the Daughters of Utah Pioneers and past president of the Utah Retired Teachers Association.

She enjoyed needlepoint, poetry and writing plays and stories.

Survivors: son, Darius Lynn Bradshaw, Shelley, Idaho; daughter, JoAnn Lambert, Sandy, Utah; brothers and sisters, Welby Madsen, Sacramento, California; Rea Warren, Firth, Idaho; Renn Madsen, Bountiful, Utah; Tess Porter and Jean Wright, both Centerville, Utah; Beth Clawson, Firth, Idaho; 11 grandchldren, nine great-grandchildren. Preceded in death by two brothers.

Services 11 a.m. Friday, September 16, 1994 at the Jamestown LDS Ward Chapel. The family will receive friends Thursday evening from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at the Nalder Mortuary and Friday morning from 9:30 to 10:40 at the church. Burial in the Murray City Cemetery.

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