Lebanon Reporter


November 27, 2013

Madge L. Boyd

Mrs. Madge Lorine (Martin) Boyd was born to Ora (White) Martin and McKinley Martin in the house on the Martin family farm near Rockville on Jan. 28, 1923. She was the youngest of three and was raised with her sister, Dorothy, and brother, Max. She lost her father at a young age and in her teen years, her mother married Charles Burnett, Madge’s beloved stepfather.

She grew up in the country and attended Rockville High School and Business School. At the age of 18, she went to work as a secretary at the State Board of Health in Rockville. Among the engineers she worked for was Harold Boyd, from near Thorntown, who became her husband. He was drafted into the Navy during World War II, and served as a Seabee in the Pacific. They kept up though correspondence, and when he came home on leave they were married on Oct. 22, 1944, at the home of Madge’s mother and stepfather near Rockville. They moved to the naval base in Oakland, Calif., for a few months until Harold was again deployed to the Pacific. Madge returned to Indiana and Harold returned from the war in December 1945. They subsequently settled on the Boyd family farm near Thorntown in the farmhouse, which had belonged to Harold’s grandparents.

Madge commenced to help Harold on the farm. She raised chickens and kept a large garden. She also helped Harold in the fields when necessary and prepared meals for hands during harvest and haymaking. Together they raised two daughters, Jackie and Kathy. Nothing was more important to Madge than her family. She and her husband were both models of putting family values first.

In 1958, they moved to a house in Thorntown, where Madge lived until 2004, when she moved to Houston, Texas, to live with her daughter, Jackie, and companion and caregiver, Edith Serrano. She lived a long life and enjoyed being with her family more than anything. In her later years, she especially enjoyed visits from her grandsons and the occasional trips she was able to make to Indiana to visit other family members.

Text Only

Featured items
Click below to browse and order photos

Photos from June 2014

Twitter Updates
Follow us on twitter
AP Video
Raw: Air Algerie Flight 5017 Wreckage Virginia Governor Tours Tornado Aftermath Judge Faces Heat Over Offer to Help Migrant Kids Kerry: No Deal Yet on 7-Day Gaza Truce Kangaroo Goes Missing in Oklahoma More M17 Bodies Return, Sanctions on Russia Grow Gaza Residents Mourn Dead Amid Airstrikes Raw: Deadly Tornado Hits Virginia Campground Ohio State Marching Band Chief Fired After Probe Raw: Big Rig Stuck in Illinois Swamp Cumberbatch Brings 'Penguins' to Comic-Con Raw: Air Algerie Crash Site in Mali Power to Be Restored After Wash. Wildfire Crashed Air Algerie Plane Found in Mali Israel Mulls Ceasefire Amid Gaza Offensive In Case of Fire, Oxygen Masks for Pets Mobile App Gives Tour of Battle of Atlanta Sites

Click HERE to read all your Parade favorites including Hollywood Wire, Celebrity interviews and photo galleries, Food recipes and cooking tips, Games and lots more.
Hyperlocal Search
Premier Guide
Find a business

Walking Fingers
Maps, Menus, Store hours, Coupons, and more...
Premier Guide