Evelyn Audrey Madson, age 85, of Dassel died Saturday, March 5, 2011, at the Emmanuel Home in Litchfield.
She was born Dec. 26, 1925, the daughter of Erick and Audrey (Anderson) Nelson. Evelyn was born on the home farm north of Dassel, where she grew up.
She was baptized at the Swan Lake Lutheran Church, confirmed at First Lutheran Church (Gethsemane Lutheran), and was presently a member of the Gethsemane Lutheran Church in Dassel.
Evelyn graduated from Dassel High School.
She was united in marriage to Milo Madson Aug. 15, 1948, at First Lutheran Church in Dassel. They made their home in Colorado, New Mexico, Nebraska, and in 1951, moved back to Dassel, eventually moving to the farm in 1954, where Evelyn had made her home since.
Evelyn loved to spoil her grandchildren and great-grandchildren; they were one of the loves of her life. She enjoyed sewing, knitting, music, reading, games, crossword and jigsaw puzzles, and vegetable and flower gardening.
Milo and Evelyn traveled to Scandinavia several times. They would also jump into their van and drive to the North Shore to spend a weekend.
Evelyn will be deeply missed by her family and her friends.
She is survived by her husband, Milo Madson of Dassel; daughters Kristine Madson of Dassel, Shelly Nordtorp-Madson and husband, Lennart Nordtorp-Nielson of Edina, and Gretchen Madson and husband Thomas Richards of Barnum; four grandchildren, Colby Hall, Lyndsay Hall-Anderson and husband Nathan Anderson, Majken Hall and fiancé John Uhlschmid, and Kristine Nordtorp-Nielson; three great- grandchildren, Brianna Hall, Emily Anderson, and Teddy Anderson; and her brother, Dale Nelson of Montana.
Evelyn was preceded in death by her parents; her sister and brother-in-law, Ruby and Norman Carlsted; and a niece, Holly Thompson.
A memorial service took place Saturday, March 12 at 1:30 p.m. at the Gethsemane Lutheran Church in Dassel with the Rev. Steven Olson officiating. There was a time to gather with family and friends one hour prior to the service at the church.
Arrangements were handled by the Johnson Funeral Home in Dassel.