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Maxine Marie Madsen (Whatley)

Maxine Marie Madsen (Whatley)

, also known as Mickey, went home with Jesus in Chandler, Arizona on December 29th, 2021, at the age of 95, two days before her 96th birthday.

She was born on December 31st, 1925 in Peterson, Iowa, to her parents, Soren and Emma Madsen.  She was the youngest of two older sisters, Vernita and Ruth.  Later they all moved to a farm near Royal, Iowa where she attended a country school.  Maxine graduated from Royal High School in 1943, of which she was the last surviving classmate.  After graduating high school she bravely ventured out to Antioch, California where she met and married Leslie Whatley who served in the US Navy during World War II.

Maxine and Leslie were married on October 19th, 1946, and had three children.  The oldest, Claudia Whatley, who married Ron Pritchard, Randall Whatley, who married Cathy Palmer, and Cynthia Whatley who married Greg Marglin, and now married to Wayne Drew.

Maxine was preceded in her earthly passing by her husband, Les Whatley, her parents, Soren and Emma Madsen, her two older sisters, Vernita Madsen (Youde), and husband Bob, Ruth Madsen (Fitchett), and her first husband Ray and second husband Herman Paulsen. Her granddaughter, Gia Pritchard (Chapman),  grandson Baxter Chapman, and great-granddaughter Sable Chapman. Mother-in-law and father-in-law, Matilda and Frank Grangnelli. Brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, and many beloved family members and friends.

Maxine was a Godly woman who loved the Lord Jesus, her family, and friends dearly as they all adored her and her beautiful spirit of life.  Maxine’s kindness and loving compassion was used by God as she shared her faith with others.

For many years she enjoyed being a cook, waitress, and having a career in upholstering.  She loved rooting for the 49ers and struggled as she became a bit of a Cardinals fan.

Maxine is survived by her children Claudia and Ron Pritchard, Randy and Cathy Whatley, and Cindy and Wayne Drew.  Grandchildren Cole Pritchard and wife Kimberly, and Beau Marglin and wife Ashleigh. Great-grandchildren Baxter Chapman, Bronson Chapman, Hudson Chapman, Haven Chapman, Sablanca Chapman, Cambridge Chapman, and Noa Pritchard. Also, exchange student great-granddaughter Emma Madsen from Denmark and many nieces, nephews, and relatives.

“Thank you Jesus”, as you brought her home where she longed to be.  To a beautiful daughter, sister, wife, mother, grandma, GG, Mickey mom, aunt, and friend – You will be so missed by us all!  What a beautiful long life well lived!

In lieu of flowers, the family asks donations to be made to honor Maxine’s favorite causes. The following are a few charities that Maxine supported during her beautiful life. Please make any financial contributions to one of these charities:; Tunnel to Towers Foundation; St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital; Wounded Warrior Project (; United Food Bank.
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