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.

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