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 Maxine Marie Madsen (Whatley)

Maxine Marie Madsen (Whatley), also known as Mickey, went home with Jesus in Chandler, Arizona on December 29th, 2021, at the age of 95, two days before her 96th birthday.

She was born on December 31st, 1925 in Peterson, Iowa, to her parents, Soren and Emma Madsen.  She was the youngest of two older sisters, Vernita and Ruth.  Later they all moved to a farm near Royal, Iowa where she attended a country school.  Maxine graduated from Royal High School in 1943, of which she was the last surviving classmate.  After graduating high school she bravely ventured out to Antioch, California where she met and married Leslie Whatley who served in the US Navy during World War II.

Maxine and Leslie were married on October 19th, 1946, and had three children.  The oldest, Claudia Whatley, who married Ron Pritchard, Randall Whatley, who married Cathy Palmer, and Cynthia Whatley who married Greg Marglin, and now married to Wayne Drew.

Maxine was preceded in her earthly passing by her husband, Les Whatley, her parents, Soren and Emma Madsen, her two older sisters, Vernita Madsen (Youde), and husband Bob, Ruth Madsen (Fitchett), and her first husband Ray and second husband Herman Paulsen. Her granddaughter, Gia Pritchard (Chapman),  grandson Baxter Chapman, and great-granddaughter Sable Chapman. Mother-in-law and father-in-law, Matilda and Frank Grangnelli. Brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, and many beloved family members and friends.

Maxine was a Godly woman who loved the Lord Jesus, her family, and friends dearly as they all adored her and her beautiful spirit of life.  Maxine’s kindness and loving compassion was used by God as she shared her faith with others.

For many years she enjoyed being a cook, waitress, and having a career in upholstering.  She loved rooting for the 49ers and struggled as she became a bit of a Cardinals fan.

Maxine is survived by her children Claudia and Ron Pritchard, Randy and Cathy Whatley, and Cindy and Wayne Drew.  Grandchildren Cole Pritchard and wife Kimberly, and Beau Marglin and wife Ashleigh. Great-grandchildren Baxter Chapman, Bronson Chapman, Hudson Chapman, Haven Chapman, Sablanca Chapman, Cambridge Chapman, and Noa Pritchard. Also, exchange student great-granddaughter Emma Madsen from Denmark and many nieces, nephews, and relatives.

“Thank you Jesus”, as you brought her home where she longed to be.  To a beautiful daughter, sister, wife, mother, grandma, GG, Mickey mom, aunt, and friend – You will be so missed by us all!  What a beautiful long life well lived!

In lieu of flowers, the family asks donations to be made to honor Maxine’s favorite causes. The following are a few charities that Maxine supported during her beautiful life. Please make any financial contributions to one of these charities:; Tunnel to Towers Foundation; St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital; Wounded Warrior Project (; United Food Bank.



  • Dawn Chapman Posted January 14, 2022 7:22 PM

    What a special lady. I knew her as GG, and was honored to be able to spend family gatherings and celebrations together in these last several years. She always has a twinkle in her eye and a big smile and hug for everyone who came to visit. She knew everything that was currently going on in the world as well as all the goings on with her own children, grand children as well as great grandchildren! She could carry on a current conversation better than most! One thing I love is that she truly adored and loved her family, second only to our Lord Jesus Christ. In fact there were times when Claudia would call for Cambridge throughout the house and realize that she was next-door with her special GG in bed watching TV together. I’m sure all the children will have wonderful memories of their beloved GG. Claudia and her mother were inseparable and so intertwined on a daily basis. She truly led a beautiful life in Christ!

  • Angie Hicks Posted January 14, 2022 8:47 PM

    Mickey Mom was a character, her brain was as quick as a thirty year old. She was politically aware of things happening in our world. She had a wonderful sense of humor and memory. She was a devoted fan of the 49er Football team. She adored her family and taught them Christian values. For me she was second Mom and I will miss hearing her voice. I know that she was ready to go home to Heaven because she told me so many times this year. I just didn’t want to let her go. She will be missed by many but my heart aches.

  • Rosemary Francis Posted January 14, 2022 9:09 PM

    Such beautiful pictures. She was such a beautiful lady inside and out. She was just like my jalapeño jam she so loved, sweet and spicy. I loved her sense of humor and what a great cook she was. She truly loved her grand and great grand children who called her GG . Mickey mom will be so missex

  • Joya Mullner Posted January 27, 2022 10:35 AM

    Aunt Mickey I will miss you so! I am so grateful God gave us so much time together while growing up you have always been such a light in my life, always such a joy to be around, always making me smile and laugh, always made me feel so special and loved, and such an inspiration of walking with Christ Jesus, I just loved being with you! Thank you for being such an incredible grandma you have always and will always have a special place in my heart. I’m so grateful for the time we have been able to spend lately and will treasure those times. Although my heart breaks your not physically with us I know you are smiling down on us and happy to be home in heaven with Christ Jesus. Thank you Jesus for blessing our family with her beautiful spirit, love and laughter. love you Aunt Mic ❤️

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