Madeline Harris Gaither passed away peacefully at home surrounded by her family on Feb. 4, 2011, after a brief battle with cancer. Madeline was born in Waxahachie on Aug. 17, 1935, to Oscar and Lola Harris.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Carl Eugene Gaither; and daughter, Leah Alice Gaither.
She has two surviving sisters, Dorothy Harris Jennings of Waxahachie, her twin, Kathleen Harris Hayes of Seven Points; and brother, Richard Harris of Fort Worth.
Madeline worked at SafeCo Insurance Company after high school graduation until she married Eugene Gaither in 1955. They had four children to whom she devoted her life. Madeline not only did an excellent job raising her own children, but shaped the lives of countless people including nieces, nephews, cousins and grandchildren, although she would be reluctant to agree. She was an amazing woman who touched everyone she came in contact with. We were so blessed to have her and will miss her dearly as her absence leaves an unimaginable void in our lives. Our only comfort in this time of great loss is she is home. She is home with her husband and daughter with whom she has lived without for the last three years.
Madeline treasured spending time with her twin sister during their regular Wednesday night gatherings and loved and cherished her new roommate, Sue as they shared dinners and drive-in movies together. Madeline’s family meant the world to her and she was deeply loved in return.
She is survived by three sons, Carl Eugene Gaither Jr. (Sonny) and daughter-in-law Karen, Phillip Gaither and daughter-in-law Jackie, Darrell Gaither and daughter-in-law Christi. She was proud and loved each of her six grandchildren, Brandon, Jonathan, Jennifer, Brent, Jami and Jason. Madeline loved being a Grand-Nanny and had a special relationship with her great-granddaughter, Juliana. She will be dearly missed by many nieces and nephews, extended family members and long time friends whose lives she touched.
A graveside service will be held at 1 p.m. Monday, Feb. 7, at the Red Oak Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, consider giving to the American Cancer Society or the Spina Bifida Association of North Texas in her memory.
Arrangements by Boze-Mitchell-McKibbin Funeral Home in Waxahachie.