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Afton Diana Johnson Madsen 1925 ~ 2011 Afton Diana Johnson Madsen died peacefully on February 4, 2011 with those she loved so dearly close to her heart. She gave so much of her heart to others she had little left for herself. To anyone who has ever been the recipient of her remarkable love, humor, and compassion, you know how blessed you are to have been a part of her life. Afton was born on September 20, 1925, in Murray, Utah, to Albert John "Jack" Johnson and Emilie Pauline Blanke Johnson, in a small home at the end of Germania Avenue. Her grandparents Heinrich and Dorothea Blanke homesteaded there upon relocating to the United States from Germany. Afton grew up in the Salt Lake valley, where she graduated from Granite High School in 1944 and married Kenneth Harold Madsen Jr. Her greatest passion was her love for family and friends. She felt her greatest achievements were her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. Over her lifetime, she took many people into her home and heart, who came to know and love her as a mom, grandma, friend, neighbor, and/or caregiver. Afton is survived by her husband of 67 years and three children David (Sara) Madsen, Sandy, Utah; Valerie (John) Payne, Anchorage, Alaska; Steven (Sandy) Madsen, Etna, Wyoming; daughter-in-law Laura Lee Madsen, West Jordan, Utah; son-in-law Noel (Sandy) Pilling, Alberta, Canada; 15 grandchildren, 30 great-grandchildren (with the 31st soon to be born), her sister Sharrie Baker, and many nieces and nephews. Afton is also survived by other children she took into her home and heart; her daughter Andrea Bair, her son Creed Barker, and her dearest friend Julie Larsen. Her precious children, daughter Diana and son Ken (Buzz) preceded her in death, leaving a deep void in her heart and life and those of her family. Also preceding her in death were her parents Emilie and Jack, stepfather John Edwards, sisters Lorraine and Darlene, and brothers Milton and John. Mom's favorite flower was the sunflower and she grew some mighty specimens. She was a gifted seamstress and sewed many different items, including incredible Halloween costumes, beautiful baby blankets, boat covers, and "gaiters", "stuff sacks", and 'moon boots". She was a avid collector and loved to refurbish antique furniture and toys. Her scrapbooks were a work of art. The immediate family wishes to express special thanks to the family, neighbors, friends and caregivers, who deserve special recognition for their love and compassion as she spent her last months under their vigilant watch. You know who you are and we thank you for all the kindness and compassion bestowed upon her. In respect for her last wishes, there will be no services held. A gathering of family and friends will take place this summer in Wyoming, to celebrate her life in the way she so desired. In keeping with Mom's generosity, in lieu of flowers, donations in her name may be made to Envision Hospice or a charity of your choice. Arrangements entrusted to Garner Funeral Home where you are invited to share memories of Afton online at http://www.*****/****"No tears please, as you all have given me the best years of my life with your love"
Published in Salt Lake Tribune on February 13, 2011
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