Mearle A. “Mike” Maddox, “Nana,” joined her husband, Claire, on Sunday, Nov. 5, 2017, after a short stay at Via Christi-St. Francis Hospital in Wichita. She was 93.
A visitation is from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 10, at Resthaven Mortuary in Wichita.
Funeral services are at 10 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 11, at Westwood Presbyterian Church, 8007 W. Maple St., in Wichita. Burial at Resthaven Cemetary will follow the service.
Memorials can be made to the Westwood Presbyterian Church or the charity of your choice.
Mike was born on Dec. 27, 1923, a “miracle” to her parents, Earl Jesse and Pearl Susan (Carey) Edwards. She was the eighth child, born at home, and a twin weighing less than two pounds. At an early age, she developed polio, but overcame adversity with grace. She met her love from Pittsburg, Kan., Claire Maddox, during high school and graduated from Valley Center High School. They married on Nov. 3, 1945, and celebrated more than 71 years of marriage together.
Mike and Claire were inseparable and lived life to the fullest. She demonstrated unconditional love to Claire, her two daughters, granddaughters, great-grandchildren, family, friends and even strangers. Mike could make friends with everyone in a room full of strangers. As a homemaker, she was always there for her daughters and for the grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Nana was always up for whatever game anyone wanted to play, but especially cards or dominoes.
The family trips to Walt Disney World, camping and the Kansas State Bowl games included the motor home and lots of love and great food from Nana. The fishing trips to Grand Lake showed that Nana could not only catch plenty of fish, but could also cook them. Friends and family were treated to many fish fries with hush puppies.
Mike and Claire traveled throughout the country in their motor home after retirement and eventually became “snowbirds” going to Arizona each winter. Those who visited them would always be treated to a tour of the area and going to pick fresh oranges or grapefruit. The love of this couple would spill over to friends, family and strangers, creating a perfect example for us all. Upon Claire’s death on Dec. 25, 2016, the miracle child, Mike, again stepped forward to show her spirit and determination by making new friends with the residents and staff at Regency Park Healthcare Center, her new home. She did all of this while continuing to deal with Post-Polio Syndrome. Upon each visit with her it was, “Well, how and what are you doing?” It was NEVER about her, but always about YOU. That was Nana!
Mike was preceded in death by her husband, Claire Maddox; her parents, Earl and Pearl Edwards; four brothers, Gerald Edwards, Jess Edwards, Ned Edwards and Ted Edwards; and three sisters, Marie Kneebone, Charity Edwards and twin, Pat Christianson.
She is survived by two daughters, Cheryl Kennedy and husband, Dean, of Winfield, and Pam Byers and husband, Bill, of Wichita; four granddaughters and husbands, Christin and David Paladin, of Vero Beach, Fla.; Dr. Lynn and Jeff Mork, of Wichita, Heather and Jeff Turner, of Coffeyville, and Kari and Josh Gordon, of Wichita; two stepgranddaughters and husbands, Rachelle and Danny Slates, of Wichita, and Leah and Jeff Ellis, of Kingman; and great-grandchildren, Mya Paladin, Alex Mork, Emily Mork, Christopher Mork, Mikenna Mork, Amy Turner, Caleb Turner, Sarah Turner, Jacob Gordon, Kaitlyn Gordon, Jordan Ellis, Hannah Ellis, Drake Slates and Danielle Slates.