WHITINGHAM- Sue Maddern, 61, died Tuesday, March 3, at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston.
She was born in Montague City, MA, on January 15, 1959, the daughter of Arnold and Rosemary Carroll Maddern. She graduated from Turners Falls, MA High School and earned her bachelor’s degree from the University of Massachusetts Amherst.
Ms. Maddern began her career as a music teacher in Waterbury, also teaching in Putney, Whitingham, and Wilmington, before retiring from Twin Valley High School. She was a member of the Deerfield Valley Players and was the organist for St. Mary in the Mountains Episcopal Church. She loved music and led a lot of area singing groups. She was an avid gardener and loved all kinds of music, kayaking, swimming, and most of all spending time with her many friends and family.
Ms. Maddern is survived by her daughter Hillary Smith-Maddern and her husband Jacob Miner of Springfield, MA; siblings Carolyn Jenest, of Pauley’s Island, NC, Anne Maddern, of Turners Falls, MA, Jane Devino, of Erving, MA, James Maddern, of Erving, MA, Paul Maddern, of Brattleboro, and Andrea Platner and her husband George, of Bernardston, MA; many nieces, nephews, grand-nieces, grand-nephews, and cousins; as well as close friends of the family, Valerie Squindo, of Wilmington, and Adrian Sebborn, of Williamstown, MA. She was preceded in death by her sister Leigh Bernard.
A celebration of life will be held Saturday, March 14, at 11 am at St. Mary in the Mountains Episcopal Church in Wilmington, where guests will send her off singing. Interment will be private. There are no visiting hours.
If friends desire, gifts in her memory may be made to the Windham County Humane Society or the Ovarian Cancer Research Alliance, c/o Covey-Allen & Shea Funeral Home, PO Box 215, Wilmington, VT 05363.