Jeri E. Madsen
May 9, 1932 – February 5, 2023
Jeri E. Madsen, 90, of Richmond, widow of Ronald F. Madsen passed away peacefully on Sunday, February 5, 2023.
Jeri was born in Buffalo, NY on May 9, 1932. She was preceded in death by her parents, Elizabeth Peltier and Harold Ward Keating; her father, John D. Eddy; and her infant son, Peter Scott Madsen.
She is survived by her sisters, Linda Rings (Robert), Barbara Eddy, Carol Eddy, Rosemary Duval-Arnould (Bertrand); her children, Kristie, Ward, and Allen E; her grandchildren, Alex Knight (Anissa), Allen C. Madsen, April Vazquez (Luis); three great-grandchildren, Taylor and Morgan Knight, and Mateo Vazquez. Jeri will be greatly missed by her large extended family and numerous lifelong friends.
Jeri was a U.S. Air Force wife from 1952-1974. She was always active in community service. She was a Brownie and Girl Scout leader, a Cub Scout and Webelos leader, drove the ambulance for the Gloucester County Volunteer Rescue Squad, volunteered at the Laurel Shelter for Battered Women, worked three Federal Census, taught knitting to children at Abingdon Elementary and Peasley Middle School, Gloucester, Va. and lastly, worked Virginia state polls.
Jeri retired from Perry Electric and worked as a bookkeeper for several local businesses around Gloucester. She also served as the treasurer of the Southeastern Ultralight Flying Association.
Jeri’s passion was crafting: knitting and crocheting, quilting, dolls, and puppets. She won numerous blue ribbons for her crafts in state and county fairs. Jeri loved to bake, travel and fly with dad. She loved their many adventures. Her zest for life and her beautiful smile will be remembered by all who loved her.
A celebration of life will be held at the Lewis Ginter Garden, Robins Room from 2 to 5 p.m. on Sunday, February 26, 2023. A graveside service to lay her to rest with dad will be held at Woodlawn National Cemetery, Elmira, NY. at a later date.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to “DogsForBetterLives.org“.
I am so saddened by this loss. Jeri was a special friend to me. She taught me how to knit. We spent so many wonderful times at her house in Gloucester – knitting, sharing recipes, chatting. I missed her so much when she moved to Richmond. My thoughts and prayers are with her family.
Jeri was one of those special people who could light up a room simply by coming through the door. She was my friend. She gave of herself to so many without ever asking for something in return. Rest in peace dear friend. You will be missed.
We are so sorry to learn of Jeri’s passing. She was a vibrant person and one wo enjoyed being with so many people. Out sympathy and love to her family.
Jeri was an amazing woman with many talents! Our family is lucky she came into our lives only afew years ago. We will miss you. RIP Jeri.
Thinking of Kristi and Ward and extended family in the loss of Jeri. A woman of many talents and experiences that I am now just learning about through the obituary. Blessings to you all.
I’m sorry to learn of Jeri’s passing. Jeri was so gregarious and full of personality and joy. Our sympathy goes out to her family and all who knew her.
I met Jeri when we were both volunteers at the Laurel Shelter. Jeri was my knitting teacher, my friend, my forever supporter. She would light up any room just by her presence. She had a zest for life and adventures beyond compare. My prayers are with Kristie, Ward and the rest of the family.