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Madelyn Willyard

Madelyn Willyard, 84, Grand Forks, ND, passed away peacefully on Sunday, December 30, 2018, at Woodside Village, Grand Forks, ND.

Madelyn Gloria Perry was born July 7, 1934, the daughter of Orie and Mabel Perry, in Carrington, ND.  She married Wells Willyard on August 30, 1953 in Carrington.         

Madelyn enjoyed crocheting and sewing on her top-of-line sewing machine and telling funny stories, including her daughter getting trapped in the bathroom. She had the best laugh, and she never went anywhere without the perfect manicure and pedicure.

She is survived by her sons, Joel, Springfield, MI, Warren (Susan), Portland, ND, Wade (Flora), Grand Forks, ND; daughters, Connie (Jon) Stevenson, Colorado Springs, CO, Roxane (Bob) Howard, Pfafftown, NC, Edie (Mark) Dahlen, Lakota, ND, Lynette (Lyle) Cary, Moscoutah, IL, Susan Willyard, Grafton, ND; fifteen grandchildren; fifteen great-grandchildren and special friend, Frank Hannesson.

She was preceded in death by her loving husband, Wells, parents, siblings, Gene, Gerald and Alvina and great granddaughter, Susan.

Visitation will be Wednesday, January 2, noon – 7:00PM followed by a Prayer Service at 7:00PM all at Evans Funeral Home, Carrington.

Funeral Service will be held Thursday, January 3, 11:00AM at Federated Church UCC/UMC, Carrington.

Burial will be at the Carrington Cemetery, Carrington, ND.

Posted Condolences:


  1. I am so sorry your loss. Sending you all prayers and thoughts during this difficult time

  2. Sorry for your loss! Thoughts and prayers for your family at this very difficult time!

  3. Dearest Edie, we are so sorry about your mom. Please know that you and your family have been in our prayers. May this time together be a time of happy memories and connecting together. We love you!

    Ivan and Gerry Lucht

  4. to the family of madeyln,
    She was a very special friend, who i will miss very much.She bought alot of joy in my life.
    my heart goes out to all of you.i know she will be with you always in your heart.God bless you all.
    judy&Ralph thomasson

  5. Madelyn’s Family, Our deepest sympathy to all of you! She loved to tell stories on our trips to her appointments. I remember one of the first ones I took her to was an eye appointment and she had to get new glasses. They had a special on that day-so she asked me to pick the lucky ball out of the box. I pick 50% off of her purchase-she was so excited. She loved her bling on her glasses and her fingernails were always done to a T. (I never seen her toes) Surround yourselves in wonderful memories, by those who will provide comfort, strength and faith that she is now pain free and enjoying the sight of so many others. God bless Madelyn’s memory and God bless all of you, Michelle (Hardy) & Don Murray

  6. Edie and Family,
    May God give you peace and healing during this difficult time. Sending much love your way.

  7. Sorry for the loss of your mother. It is always hard to say goodbye. She is now pain free and in a better place. The Lord will watch over her and protect her.

  8. Madelyn was a sweet grandma to our children She will always have place in our hearts The Hannesson’s

  9. Family of Madelyn, so sorry for your loss. Your family was a second family to me. Susie and I hung out together back and forth at each other’s house in our younger days. I remember riding horse at your place and also remember you guys butchering chickens at your farm and getting chased by a headless chicken. Some fun times. Your Mom and Dad were great people. Hard workers. May God bless you!

  10. Edie, just one look at your Mom’s face and I could tell where you got your spirit; she brought a smile to my face, too. We’re all thinking of you and your family; you must have a lot of happy memories to share. Love to you all!

  11. To the Family of Madelyn, may the arms of our Savior comfort you in your time if sadness. Our sympathies to your family.

    Kevin and Dana McMaster

  12. To Madelyn’s family. We are so sorry to hear about Madelyn. We have known her for many years through Frankie who is our cousin. What a beautiful soul she was.God has gained another Angel. Fly high our friend.


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