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Helen (Waddell) Madron

June 11, 1925 ~ October 2, 2019 (age 94)

Helen Waddell Madron, age 94, of Chattanooga, passed away on October 2, 2019.

Helen was born June 11, 1925 in Horse Creek, Greeneville, TN to Mark Waddell and Cleo Cox Waddell. In 1943, she graduated from Camp Creek High School in Greene County, TN. She attended Tennessee Wesleyan University and graduated from East Tennessee State University with her BS in Home Economics in 1947. She received both her elementary and high school education certificates, and she continued her education work at both the University of Tennessee at Knoxville and the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga.

Helen met the love of her life, Lt. Colonel Andrew Milton Madron, on October 7, 1945 when the leaves were painted beautifully in full color on the campus of East Tennessee State University. Andy had just returned home from serving in the Air Force in World War II. They were married on January 30, 1947 and had five children together. Her loving devotion to Andy continued for 33 years after his death. Helen touched many lives throughout her 30 year teaching career in Greeneville, TN, Knoxville, TN, Memphis,TN, Murray, KY and Chattanooga, TN. She taught almost all grades and selflessly gave her heart and soul serving many years teaching special needs children in Hamilton County Schools. Helen retired from teaching from Ganns Middle Valley, Hamilton County, TN in 1985, but she never stopped teaching others.

She was a long-time and active member of Hixson United Methodist Church. She was a member of the XYZs, Golden Agers, and Sam McConnell Sunday School Class. She joined her church group on many trips, including Hawaii, Mackinac Island, St. Thomas, Jamaica, Cancun, and the Smoky Mountains. She belonged to the American Legion Auxiliary, Shriners Widows Club, and Federal Retiree and Reserve Officers Club.

Helen was affectionately known as "Memaw" and “Grandmom” to her 10 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren who adored her. Her gentle, kind spirit faithfully welcomed her grandchildren into her home upon each visit, and she usually had a sweet treat awaiting them. Helen loved to cook for her large family, and her card playing skills could not be underestimated. With her graciousness and quick wit, Helen was always a favorite patient of the nurses and doctors when in the hospital.

Helen was predeceased by her husband of 39 years Lt. Colonel Andrew Milton Madron; sons, David Madron and Gary Lee Madron; grandson Michael Madron Appleby; parents Mark and Cleo Waddell; sister Georgia Ann Jones; and brother Kay Waddell.

She is survived by her daughter Marilyn Penland and son-in-law Doug Penland; son Paul Madron and daughter-in-law Valerie Madron; and daughter Judy Appleby Fahler and son-in-law Pat Fahler; grandchildren Paul Penland, John Penland, Beth Penland Jordan, Scott Jordan, Kristen Appleby Bryant, Wm. Benjamin Bryant, Joseph (Joey) Appleby, Rachel Appleby, Andrew Madron, Jada Madron, Melanie Madron, Jennifer Leonard, and Matt Madron; great-grandchildren Kyle Penland, Preston Jordan, Antonia Castleberry, Kaylen Jordan, Wm. Michael Bryant, Elizabeth (Ella) Bryant, Madeline Leonard, MaggieLeonard, John Paul Haddock, and Andy Madron; sister Dorothy (Dot) Waddell Leonard; and many precious nephews and nieces from Greeneville, TN.

A memorial service will be held on Friday, October 4, 2019 at 1:30 p.m. at Doughty-Stevens Chapel. Interment will be in Andrew Johnson National Cemetery.

The family will receive friends from 12:30 to 1:30 prior to the service Friday at Doughty-Stevens Funeral Home, Greeneville, TN.

The family would like to express their deep gratitude for all the staff at The Bridge at Ooltewah and the nurses and caregivers from Hospice of Chattanooga who lovingly cared for her.

Memorial contributions can be made to the Zion Presbyterian Church in Greeneville, TN or Hospice ofChattanooga (4411 Oakwood Drive, Chattanooga, TN 37416). Online condolences may be sent to the family at

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